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The Great Alien Debate (Part 1)

This post is one in a series covering, and expanding on, topics in the book The Copernicus Complex (Scientific American/FSG).           The conversation usually goes like this: Do you think we’re alone in the universe?...

August 26, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Antwerp, 1914: New Technology, Civilian Targets

Antwerp, 1914: New Technology, Civilian Targets

Reported in Scientific American—This Week in World War I: September 19, 1914 The Belgian field army retreated into the fortified city of Antwerp only 16 days after the Germans had invaded...

September 26, 2014 — Dan Schlenoff
Under the Deep Sea (A Little Mermaid Parody)

Under the Deep Sea (A Little Mermaid Parody)

Those of you following this blog know that I love me a great science music video parody. This awesome one from College Humor does not disappoint!

September 18, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Will Solar Float to the Rescue in Japan?

Will Solar Float to the Rescue in Japan?

Land-constraints and a massive nuclear shutdown have intensified the debate over where to put new electricity generation capacity in Japan.

September 15, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Mystery of Mars ‘Doughnut’ Rock Solved

Mystery of Mars ‘Doughnut’ Rock Solved

About a month ago an intriguing pair of images from NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars showed a curious rock that had seemingly appeared our of nowhere during the course of 12 days.

February 18, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

The following is an excerpt from Patrick Mustain’s post on the Food Matters blog: We like big fish. And thats a problem, according to Andy Sharpless, CEO of the ocean conservation organization Oceana, and co-author (along with Suzannah Evans) of the book The Perfect Protein...

February 13, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Wow. I’m not sure what impressed me more – the humpback vocalizations or the fact that this ‘Crazy Cameraman’ must have nerves of steel.

February 10, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

When Bran Ferren was 9 years old his parents took him to the Pantheon in Rome. He looked around  at the marble and sculptures, which seemed typical in the ancient city, and then he looked up at the ceiling, which didn't seem typical at all...

March 18, 2014 — Fred Guterl
ZappyLab: Using technology to make DOING science research easier

ZappyLab: Using technology to make DOING science research easier

With only one day left and less than $2,000 to go, I want to see this science app company Kickstarter campaign make it! ZappyLab offers what they call Bench Tools – a suite of research tools for those who do laboratory life science research.  Nice idea and I love reserach tech, especially those that can be used on mobile devices.  My [...]..

March 14, 2014 — DNLee

How to Reconcile Big Data and Privacy

In many ways "big data" and "encryption" are antithetical. The former involves harvesting, storing and analyzing information to reveal patterns that researchers, law enforcement and industry can use to their benefit...

March 6, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

The Day the World's ATMs Stood Still--or Didn't

You're probably on tenterhooks wondering what will happen to your reliable, convenient ATM on April 8, the day Microsoft officially sticks a fork in its hugely popular Windows XP operating system...

April 7, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
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