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Remembering a Great Science Educator

Seventeen years ago, Phil Yam, then news editor (now managing editor, online), was looking for a rent-a-kid to test out the newly opening physics playground at the New York Hall of Science...

May 21, 2014 — Gary Stix
Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Texas is well-known as the home of the oil and gas industry. Over the last decade it has also become the nation’s wind power leader. Today, it is poised to be America’s testbed for energy storage technologies...

June 23, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Does the scientific journal have a future?

Does the scientific journal have a future?

This summer, scholars will use the break from teaching to submit manuscripts, review papers and develop new ideas. But even as the major functions of scholarly publishing march on, scholars, publishers and librarians start to ask, "What does the future of the scholarly journal look like?" Perhaps we should be asking a different question...

June 18, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

If you wish to make a gene from scratch

According to the New York Times, synthetic biology is creating DNA out of thin air. A recent article about synthetic biology and consumer goods describes DNA synthesis as a process where “DNA is created on computers and inserted into organisms.” Computers are pretty cool and really useful in synthetic biology labs, but it takes a [...]..

June 14, 2014 — Christina Agapakis
Cool Sh*t I’ve Been Reading This Summer

Cool Sh*t I’ve Been Reading This Summer

I’m on vacation, in an island paradise, and I’m sorely tempted to skip my end-of-the-month “Cool Sh*t” post. I want to just hang out on the beach and watch the waves roll in...

July 31, 2014 — John Horgan
Why is the grass always greener on social media?

Why is the grass always greener on social media?

Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site of some sort...

July 23, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
Viagra ads and NSA watch lists: smoke but usually no fire

Viagra ads and NSA watch lists: smoke but usually no fire

In our society, Big Data plays an increasingly important role. Organizations like Google and the National Security Agency (NSA) have access to an unprecedented capacity of information regarding what we buy, with whom we communicate, and which websites we visit...

September 22, 2013 — Cory Simon and Berend Smit
Escaping the Confucian trap

Escaping the Confucian trap

We’re going to have quite a number of interesting laureates in town. But before we go live, so to speak, let me blog about a laureate who, sadly, couldn’t come.

September 18, 2013 — Markus Pössel
40 Percent of Food in the U.S. Never Gets Eaten

40 Percent of Food in the U.S. Never Gets Eaten

My second round of inquiry into The Dating Game report by NRDC, which explains how the food dating system drives food waste in America, was with two authors of the report itself- Emily Broad Lieb, who directs the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, an expert on the legal system that contributes to [...]..

September 18, 2013 — Perrin Ireland
The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize has again been awarded to sophisticated mathematical speculation disconnected from experimental evidence. The 2012 Fundamental Physics prize was shared among nine physicists, most of who were string theorists. String theorists continue to dominate the awardees of this year’s New Horizons and Frontiers in Physics prizes...

November 18, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Khalil’s Picks (8 November 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (8 November 2013)

You’ve been waiting the entire week for this, haven’t you? The first piece is a highly-recommended analysis of freelance science journalism salaries.

November 8, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine