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Möbius Music Box Score

Keeping with the Oscars theme, if the previously-posted World Science Festival video was a bit too long for a Sunday evening, Vi Hart has a short and sweet video of a (one-sided) Möbius strip on which she has rigged to play a musical theme from Harry Potter...

March 2, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku
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

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

Did Congestion Charging Just Go Viral?

What is congestion charging? Congestion charging or pricing is the practice of setting up cordon tolls around the city on a large-scale to charge entrants for entering during peak hours...

August 22, 2014 — Tali Trigg

Octopus-Inspired Camouflage Flashes to Life in Smart Material

Octopuses and their cephalopod cousins are the undisputed masters of disguise. An octopus can change its color, texture and luminosity faster than you can say “camouflage.” So far our lowly human attempts at imitation have been quite crude...

August 21, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

How #Selfie Culture is Changing Our Lives

We've all done it: We're at an event, we take a bunch of photos with our phones, we take a selfie and maybe one with a friend, we post all the images online, and we're done.

August 19, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Brain-Inspired Computing Reaches a New Milestone

For the past few years, tech companies and academic researchers have been trying to build so-called neuromorphic computer architectures—chips that mimic the human brain's ability to be both analytical and intuitive in order to deliver context and meaning to large amounts of data...

August 7, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
Kids Coding With Compassion

Kids Coding With Compassion

Source: from “Middle Schoolers Develop App to Help Visually Impaired,” by Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer’s on Voices Credit: Image courtesy of Maggie Bolado From the Department of Inspiring Teenagers, meet the all-female team of six that invented an app to help visually impaired students navigate their schools...

October 21, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Censorship and Armored Cars, Circa 1914

Censorship and Armored Cars, Circa 1914

This Week in World War I: October 17, 1914 The cover wrap of the issue has a painting of an armored car, charging into—surely not running away from!—some battle, gun blazing...

October 17, 2014 — Dan Schlenoff
Culture Dish: Promoting Diversity in Science Writing

Culture Dish: Promoting Diversity in Science Writing

The most persistent — and infuriating — question about diversity in science writing has to be: "Why do we need diversity?" Sometimes that question is followed by this: "Isn't science color-blind?" To answer that second question first — no, science is most definitely not color-blind, any more than history or politics or literature is color-blind...

October 15, 2014 — Apoorva Mandavilli & Nidhi Subbaraman
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