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A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution’s Forgotten Hero

A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution’s Forgotten Hero

When people think about evolution, the most obvious name that comes to mind is Charles Darwin. Alfred Russell Wallace is rarely given the credit he deserves for his work on the subject, which is unfortunate...

December 31, 2013 — Carin Bondar
Camera Trap Monday: Cross River Gorilla

Camera Trap Monday: Cross River Gorilla

Another day, another stunning camera trap photo. This one is of a silverback Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), the rarest of the four gorilla subspecies, and it was taken in Nigera’s Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary...

December 30, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
High-definition video from space is available for purchase. Finally.

High-definition video from space is available for purchase. Finally.

What would you look at if you could pull down high definition images and video (!!) from space? A few years ago that question was pretty far out, but now anyone willing to shell out some bucks can pull down 1080P video from Skybox Imagings network of 24 satellites...

December 30, 2013 — David Wogan
1915 Warning: Beware of Used-Car Salesmen

1915 Warning: Beware of Used-Car Salesmen

Suspicion of used-car dealers has a long history in the U.S. if an article in a 1915 supplement to Scientific American is any guide. The story, Buying a Second-Hand Automobile, by Victor W...

December 30, 2013 — Ricki Rusting
Fragment – photo app review

Fragment – photo app review

Here’s a new photography app that could be useful for a number of sciart illustration and art applications: Fragment. For: iOS devices.

December 27, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1923)

Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1923)

This photo was taken of the city of Signal Hill, California in 1923. Located near Los Angeles and Long Beach, Signal Hill was a part of the Long Beach Oil Field and home to one of the nation’s most well known oil wells – The Alamitos No...

December 27, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Cats, Children, and the Box of the Future

Cats, Children, and the Box of the Future

Children are quite a bit like cats. No matter how much you spend on gifts for them, inevitably it is the box – which had contained the gift – that seems to provide the most raucous and satisfying entertainment for them...

December 26, 2013 — Brian Malow
Open access 2013: A year of gaining momentum

Open access 2013: A year of gaining momentum

Was this the year open access for science reached critical mass? One hypothesis suggests that a transformative group needs to reach one-third to be prominent and persisting.

December 26, 2013 — Hilda Bastian
Seeing the Future through Tech-Colored (Google) Glass

Seeing the Future through Tech-Colored (Google) Glass

Larry Page has said that, when he wears Google Glass, the wearable electronics that rests on the bridge of your nose like a pair of spectacles, he feels like he’s seeing the future...

December 23, 2013 — Mariette DiChristina
The Year Drones Ruined Christmas

The Year Drones Ruined Christmas

Kylie ran towards her fallen dragonfly and knelt beside it. One of its four wings had snapped nearly in half. She rummaged through a toolbox until she found a small tube of accelerseal, bit off the cap and squeezed a generous amount onto the wing’s fracture, holding the two pieces together...

December 23, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
A Great Year for SciAm Google Hangouts!

A Great Year for SciAm Google Hangouts!

As the year winds down, I’m pleased to share the google hangouts on air I’ve done with SciAm, some in collaboration with my venture with co-host, Jeff Shaumeyer, Read Science!...

December 20, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
Winter Sprinter: Endless Running from Warming

Winter Sprinter: Endless Running from Warming

When a medical animation and app agency wants to send out a holiday card, what’s better than an 8-bit adventure you can play? In addition to creating science-art and blogging here on Symbiartic, I work at INVIVO Communications...

December 20, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
Something’s Cooking on Mars

Something’s Cooking on Mars

What do you get when you cook buried martian mudstone in your oven? The answer appears to be the kind of gases you’d expect if you cooked organic material here on Earth.

December 20, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
Thrifty Thursday: Through the Lens, Backwards

Thrifty Thursday: Through the Lens, Backwards

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [iPhone 4S: $300 ; Canon EF 35mm f/2, reversed: $320 ] This week’s Thrifty Thursday features a wheel bug (Arilus cristatus)I found frozen in snow this afternoon on my porch...

December 19, 2013 — Alex Wild
Candid Camera (Trap): The Worlds Rarest Big Cat

Candid Camera (Trap): The Worlds Rarest Big Cat

“The Amur or Far Eastern leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis, is the worlds most endangered big cat, and the only one known to be adapted to the cold, snowy environment in which it lives...

December 18, 2013 — Carin Bondar
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