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So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

Is Big Data going to revolutionize science and help us make a better world? Not based on what it’s done so far. Let me back up a moment.

June 9, 2014 — John Horgan
Space: The Private Frontier

Space: The Private Frontier

Following up on the SpaceX launch videos I posted yesterday, I wanted to repost this video I made a couple years ago for Time.com. In 2010, I visited the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA...

October 30, 2013 — Brian Malow
Khalil’s Picks (25 October 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (25 October 2013)

We’re back in business! This week was pretty phenomenal with Shutdown’s effects on science, evolution, history of sand, Google Flu, the chemist that is nature… Quick note before I leave you with this week’s great reads...

October 25, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

Image of the Week #112 October 8th, 2013: From: The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World by Becky Crew at Running Ponies. Source: GondwanaGirl Discovered and named in 2007, Malo kingi, also called the Common Kingslayer, is an extremely venomous, very small sea jelly...

October 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Arctic Methane: MAMM Lapland air sampling road trip

Arctic Methane: MAMM Lapland air sampling road trip

By Dave Lowry and Nathalie Grassineau Part 1 – In the beginning – Tuesday Aug 13, 21:00 UT Reached Kiruna, Sweden, yesterday (Monday) afternoon having taken the early flight from Heathrow...

August 28, 2013 — Michelle Cain
We Must Start Thinking Again about the Unthinkable

We Must Start Thinking Again about the Unthinkable

For those titillated by Strangelovian fantasies of nuclear apocalypse, the early 1980s were a golden age. That was the height of the Cold War, when nuclear arms and rhetoric escalated, and President Ronald Reagan envisioned a space-based anti-missile “shield”—promptly dubbed “Star Wars” by skeptics—that could thwart attacks by the “Evil Empire,” also known as the [...]..

November 18, 2013 — John Horgan
Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.

November 17, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Skeletons of Light

Skeletons of Light

From: Tripping the Light Fantastic: Artists Paint With Light by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics Source: Janne Parvianen Light painting is a 125-year-old art form where long exposure cameras capture the path of light, rending a sometimes other-worldly image...

November 6, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
Highspeed Video of Liquid Art

Highspeed Video of Liquid Art

Water sculptures—a marriage of liquids, photography, and timing—are spectacular form of fluid dynamics as art. Artist Markus Reugels is a master of the form.

November 6, 2013 — Carin Bondar
Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and biology. But this is not entirely true. The origin of life is a quintessentially chemical problem, and it’s as big as fundamental questions can get...

November 5, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis