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Did Congestion Charging Just Go Viral?

What is congestion charging? Congestion charging or pricing is the practice of setting up cordon tolls around the city on a large-scale to charge entrants for entering during peak hours...

August 22, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Octopus-Inspired Camouflage Flashes to Life in Smart Material

Octopuses and their cephalopod cousins are the undisputed masters of disguise. An octopus can change its color, texture and luminosity faster than you can say “camouflage.” So far our lowly human attempts at imitation have been quite crude...

August 21, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

How #Selfie Culture is Changing Our Lives

We've all done it: We're at an event, we take a bunch of photos with our phones, we take a selfie and maybe one with a friend, we post all the images online, and we're done.

August 19, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
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
Are “Big Data” Sucking Scientific Talent into Big Business?

Are “Big Data” Sucking Scientific Talent into Big Business?

Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about how “Big Data”—which as far as I can tell is just data mining in a glossy new wrapper–are going to revolutionize science and help us create a better world.* These claims strike me as all too familiar...

November 8, 2013 — John Horgan
Teen Builds Gateway to the Brain for Girls

Teen Builds Gateway to the Brain for Girls

The Synapse Project “encourages young women to enter the field of neuroscience through information and mentorship,” according to its website.

November 6, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
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
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