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New Book Cuts Through Fog of Hype Cloaking Cyberwar

New Book Cuts Through Fog of Hype Cloaking Cyberwar

I am a cyberwar skeptic. When U.S. officials and defense contractors warn of the looming threat of cyberattacks from China, Iran and terrorist groups, my bullshit detector lights up.

February 4, 2014 — John Horgan
The Top 5 #SciamBlogs Posts for 2013

The Top 5 #SciamBlogs Posts for 2013

In this month’s instalment of ‘Best of the Blogs’, I have a look at the top 5 posts from our network bloggers. I’m so proud to be a part of such a diverse and talented group of people, here’s to continued success and awesome blogging for 2014!...

February 2, 2014 — Carin Bondar
12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change

12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change

Climate change is real, it’s here and it will be affecting the planet for a long, long time. That’s the lesson of the latest iteration of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s state of climate science report, released in its entirety on January 30...

January 31, 2014 — David Biello
Photo Friday: Coal gasification

Photo Friday: Coal gasification

Last summer at the Rock Mountain Test Facility in Wyoming, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists tested the practical potential of large-scale coal gasification facilities in a series of field experiments...

January 31, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

Pressure Sensitive Painting Comes to the iPad – review

Consider this a tech product review by an oil painter. Tool under review: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad What it does: this stylus allows for pressure sensitivity when using painting apps on the iPad...

January 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Falsification and its discontents

Falsification and its discontents

One of the answers to Edge.org’s question “What scientific idea is ready for retirement”? is by physicist Sean Carroll. Carroll takes on an idea from the philosophy of science that’s usually considered a given: falsification...

January 24, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Photo Friday: Stepping into new wind technology

Photo Friday: Stepping into new wind technology

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), government scientists and engineers partner with industry and academia to test new renewable energy technologies...

January 24, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
The Science Parodies Continue: What is the Value of Pi?

The Science Parodies Continue: What is the Value of Pi?

A fun little ditty set to the tune of the famous ‘What does the fox say?’…I only wish my high school math teacher was this cool… See the original post in Jennifer Ouellette’s ‘Physics Week in Review‘ over at Cocktail Party Physics...

January 23, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Physics and fundamental laws: Necessary truth or misleading cacophony?

Physics and fundamental laws: Necessary truth or misleading cacophony?

Robert Oppenheimer’s greatest contribution to physics was one that he wanted nothing to do with for the rest of his life. In 1939 Oppenheimer and his student Hartland Snyder published a paper in the same issue of the Physical Review that featured Niels Bohr and John Wheeler’s seminal article on the mechanism of nuclear fission [...]..

January 22, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The Jumping Rocks of Mars

The Jumping Rocks of Mars

Now you don’t see it, now you do. Ten years into a mission that was originally going to only last a few months, NASA’s Opportunity rover continues to turn up surprises on Mars...

January 22, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
“What scientific idea is ready for retirement?”

“What scientific idea is ready for retirement?”

Every year since 1998, Big Questions guru John Brockman has posed one big question on Edge.org and gotten about forty or fifty of the world’s leading thinkers to come up with their own answers...

January 15, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Should you drink coffee before or after a learning task?

Should you drink coffee before or after a learning task?

Popular wisdom holds that caffeine enhances learning, alertness and retention, leading millions to consume coffee or caffeinated drinks before a challenging learning task such as attending a business strategy meeting or a demanding scientific presentation...

January 14, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody…

Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody…

Those of you familiar with my blog here at SciAm will know that I’m a little obsessed with science-themed music videos. When I saw the ‘Wrecking Ball’ masterpiece of Ms...

January 13, 2014 — Carin Bondar
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