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Rock-Eating Martian Microbes?

Rock-Eating Martian Microbes?

A recently published study of a 30-pound martian meteorite found in Antarctica suggests the presence of indigenous carbon-rich material, ancient water erosion, and a number of tiny structures that resemble the sort of features that we see rock-eating microbes leaving in basaltic glasses here on Earth...

February 28, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
So You Want To Be An Exozookeeper?

So You Want To Be An Exozookeeper?

                  This week has seen the release of the latest set of ‘confirmed’ exoplanets from NASA’s Kepler mission.

February 27, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
A day in the life of a science librarian

A day in the life of a science librarian

When I tell people I am a librarian, they automatically think they understand how I spend my day: they imagine a lot of book stamps, telling people to be quiet, and having time to read.

February 26, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger
20th-Century Math Hidden in 15th-Century Art

20th-Century Math Hidden in 15th-Century Art

Art and science are often thought of as disparate entities, drawing on different strengths and different ways of thinking. This is surely true, but the disciplines also share patterns of thought and essential characteristics...

February 25, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Health Apps Offer In-Car Tech That Benefits Rather Than Distracts Drivers

Health Apps Offer In-Car Tech That Benefits Rather Than Distracts Drivers

For many people, the largest smart gadget they own is not their phone or tablet--it's the automobile sitting in their driveway. Cars have been able to connect to Android, iPhone and mobile Microsoft devices for years now--primarily via voice commands--to access apps aimed at communication and entertainment...

February 25, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
How do Active Noise Canceling Headphones Work?

How do Active Noise Canceling Headphones Work?

I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently and the drone of the plane engine is a major annoyance. While I have a pair of noise dampening ear buds which are much more comfortable and produce better sound than the default iPhone earbuds, I have been wavering about purchasing a pair of active noise canceling earphones [...]..

February 23, 2014 — Joanne Manaster

Do Words Match Deeds for WhatsApp CEO?

Before Jan Koum sold his company, WhatsApp, to Facebook for a mind-numbing $19 billion, he had a Post-It note affixed to his deskput there by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Actonthat set out the companys philosophy: No ads, no games, no gimmicks...

February 22, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
The Nazis’ Biowarfare Program at Dachau

The Nazis’ Biowarfare Program at Dachau

Hitler decided against Germany’s officially establishing a biological warfare program for reasons that are not entirely clear. Speculation has centered on his experience of being gassed in World War I and on a personal phobia about microbes...

February 21, 2014 — Gary Stix
On making mistakes

On making mistakes

In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson has a nice review of Mario Livio’s readable book on scientific blunders committed by great scientists.

February 20, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Evaluating the Risk of Events That Could End Civilization

Evaluating the Risk of Events That Could End Civilization

Every so often, Seth Baum heads out to meet Ins Garca, a video director and actress, at her Manhattan apartment. While hes there, he helps out in whatever way he can holding a microphone for hours on end, carrying heavy equipment and running to the local computer store to get an extra memory card [...]..

February 19, 2014 — Naveena Sadasivam
The Man who made Mountains

The Man who made Mountains

U.S.G.S. engineer Bailey Willis ( February 19, 1949) was known for his unorthodox approach to geological questions. Puzzled by the geological structures he discovered in mountain ranges, long before computer-models were available, he constructed a machine to simulate the mountain-forming process...

February 19, 2014 — David Bressan
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