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About that consensus on global warming: 9136 agree, one disagrees.

About that consensus on global warming: 9136 agree, one disagrees.

I just want to highlight this illuminating infographic by James Powell in which, based on more than 2000 peer-reviewed publications, he counts the number of authors from November, 2012 to December, 2013 who explicitly deny global warming (that is, who propose a fundamentally different reason for temperature rise than anthropogenic CO2)...

January 10, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Why drug discovery is hard – Part 3: Vacuum cleaners that make Sir James Dyson weep

Why drug discovery is hard, part 3 – Vacuum cleaners that make Sir James weep

This is part 3 of a series of posts delving into the fundamental scientific challenges in drug discovery. Here are the other parts: 1, 2. Any number of thrillers or action movies should convince us that the first and most important stratagem in defeating an enemy is getting inside his fortress or camp...

January 10, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Earlier this week I had the very great pleasure of catching up with Lee Billings, the author of Five Billion Years of Solitude, a beautifully written and provocative new book about the quest to find other Earths, other life in the universe...

January 10, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Brainy Watson Computer to Tackle Cancer and Other Medical Research

Brainy Watson Computer to Tackle Cancer and Other Medical Research

After vanquishing humans on Jeopardy!, IBM says its Watson computer is ready to help save human lives. The company on Thursday announced it has created a new business unit specifically to advance Watson and deliver its artificially intelligent wisdom to research organizations, medical institutions and businesses so that they can process big data” for detailed [...]..

January 9, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
How Plagiarized Art Sells for Millions

How Plagiarized Art Sells for Millions

Every now and again the stitching between fine art and technology looks a little more naked and pisses people off. So let’s scratch the scab and look at why.

January 9, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
What do you need to know to survive this years flu?

What do you need to know to survive this years flu?

I spent a year filtering spit and nasal washings, growing influenza in tissue cultures in a minimalist lab, and trying to develop an oral flu vaccine, all as part of my Infectious Diseases fellowship thirty years ago...

January 8, 2014 — Judy Stone
SciArt List on Twitter

SciArt List on Twitter

Attempting to update our Science Artist Twitter List! Have we missed you? https://t.co/ErIncNa9FA #sciart #scicomm Symbiartic SciArt (@Symbiartic) January 7, 2014 Recently science-artist Willy Chyr [@willychyr] was looking for a Twitter list of #sciart to follow, and turned to ours...

January 8, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Books are for use: Weeding and deselecting

Books are for use: Weeding and deselecting

Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time in the stacks of my library looking for books to remove from our collection. The euphemisms used to describe this process make me laugh: librarians weed books from their collections or deselect them...

January 7, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger
The Slow Mo Guys Visit GE Labs and Get Scientific

The Slow Mo Guys Visit GE Labs and Get Scientific

The generally mischievous pair on youtube who film their antics in extreme slow motion using a digital high-speed camera, capable of shooting over 10000 frames a second, the Slow Mo Guys, were invited by GE to visit their labs in New York to film some fascinating techniques with their speciality cameras...

January 7, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
Why drugs are expensive: It’s the science, stupid.

Why drugs are expensive: It’s the science, stupid.

This is part 1 of a series of posts delving into the fundamental scientific challenges in drug discovery. Often you will hear people talking about why drugs are expensive: it’s the greedy pharmaceutical companies, the patent system, the government, capitalism itself...

January 6, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The worlds second largest oil field, as seen from space

The worlds second largest oil field, as seen from space

NASA caught a glimpse of Kuwaits Greater Burgan field in southeastern Kuwait: Situated about 40 kilometers south of Kuwait City, the Greater Burgan field is thought to hold nearly a tenth of the worlds proven oil reserves and second only to Saudi Arabias Ghawar field (about 500 km to the south)...

January 4, 2014 — David Wogan
Solar-Powered Ford Aims to Drive Off-Grid

Solar-Powered Ford Aims to Drive Off-Grid

Solar-powered cars have been little more than a novelty to date, experimental vehicles resembling photovoltaic-laden surfboards designed mostly for racing across deserts.

January 3, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1930)

Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1930)

This photo is of the Signal Hill Oil Field at Atlantic and 28th Streets in Long Beach, California, USA around 1930. It is one of a large group of energy photos maintained by the California Department of Conservation...

January 3, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
What the world of 2014 looks like, according to Isaac Asimov in 1964

What the world of 2014 looks like, according to Isaac Asimov in 1964

Writing in The New York Times in 1964, Isaac Asimov wondered what the world would look like 50 years in the future. Asimov had attended the Worlds Fair of 1964 and took a rather optimistic view of humanity in spite of looming thermonuclear war...

January 1, 2014 — David Wogan
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