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Photoblogging: Gorilla Through Glass

Photoblogging: Gorilla Through Glass

One of the main challenges with photographing the non-human animals at the zoo is shooting through glass. Sometimes you just can’t get an angle without any glare, but sometimes it doesn’t matter...

December 15, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
‘Jade Rabbit’ is on the Moon

‘Jade Rabbit’ is on the Moon

At 1.11pm UTC today (8.11 am EST) the Chang’e-3 mission made a successful soft landing in an area toward the edge of the Sinus Iridum and Mare Imbrium – shown in this image by the red flag...

December 14, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
The Art and Science of Snow

The Art and Science of Snow

This excellent video from USC Dornsife is a fun collaboration between the arts and the sciences. I bet you’ll learn a thing or two that you didn’t know about snowflakes – I certainly did!...

December 13, 2013 — Carin Bondar

Is Elsevier really for-science? Or just for-profit?

That’s the question researchers are asking after Elsevier’s latest PR debacle. It’s generally not a good idea to piss off the people who give you their time, effort and intellectual property for free...

December 12, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger

Oh the Horror! Best of the Blogs for November…

What a horrifying month at the Scientific American blog network! Tiger butchering, disgusting ways to die, and a massive killer storm! Let’s all hope for some kittens and sunny days in December… Featured in this episode: Man convicted for killing and eating China’s last Indochinese tiger: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2009/12/25/man-convicted-for-killing-and-eating-chinas-last-indochinese-tiger/ 13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an [...]..

December 9, 2013 — Carin Bondar

Best of the Blogs for November: Oh the Horror!!

What a horrifying month at the Scientific American blog network! Tiger butchering, disgusting ways to die, and a massive killer storm! Let’s all hope for some kittens and sunny days in December… Featured in this episode: Man convicted for killing and eating China’s last Indochinese tiger: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2009/12/25/man-convicted-for-killing-and-eating-chinas-last-indochinese-tiger/ 13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an [...]..

December 9, 2013 — Carin Bondar

4 Billion Years of Martian History in 2 Minutes

In honor of a slew of new results coming from NASA’s Curiosity rover, here’s a two-minute simulation of our current best-bet for how the martian environment has evolved over the past 4 billion years...

December 9, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Photoblogging: Muppet or Flamingo?

Sometimes, from just the right angle, a flamingo strongly resembles a muppet. Life imitates art, which imitates life. Photo taken July 14, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens...

December 8, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Letters to my copyright infringers

Letters to my copyright infringers

Because you asked, these are real letters I have sent to people found using my photographs inappropriately. 1. The standard DMCA takedown I send about a dozen of these per week, usually to the web hosts of small pest control companies...

December 3, 2013 — Alex Wild
Book review: “Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe” by Silvan Schweber

Book review: “Nuclear Forces: The Making of the Physicist Hans Bethe” by Silvan Schweber

Hans Bethe was one of the greatest and most versatile scientists of the twentieth century. The sheer magnitude of his scientific accomplishments ranging across almost every field of theoretical physics almost defies belief; he was probably the last “universalist”, a man who could solve virtually any physics problem that came his way...

December 2, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Octopus Suckers Have Groovy Secret for Strength

Octopus Suckers Have Groovy Secret for Strength

Octopus suckers are extraordinary. They can move and grasp objects independently. They can “taste” the water around them. They can even form a seal on rough surfaces underwater...

December 1, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Photoblogging: The Giraffe is Not Impressed

Photoblogging: The Giraffe is Not Impressed

A Masai Giraffe lazily chews on some leaves at the San Diego Zoo. Photo taken July 14, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.

December 1, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
21st Century Horse-Drawn Carriages

21st Century Horse-Drawn Carriages

This was a great little Thanksgiving treat. Granted, it’s basically a commercial which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a commercial, but it’s fascinating nonetheless...

November 30, 2013 — Brian Malow
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