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WCSJ2013 in Helsinki, a photo-tour

WCSJ2013 in Helsinki, a photo-tour

Flying directly from SciFoo in California to WCSJ2013 in Helsinki, Finland is a pretty long trip that requires a pretty big airplane. Those of you who know me well, know I am obsessed with airplanes, am an addict of FlightAlert, choose JetBlue on domestic flights in order to continuously monitor flight statistics, and my first [...]..

September 13, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Bora’s Picks (September 13th, 2013)

Bora’s Picks (September 13th, 2013)

Guppies lie about mate choice to trick rivals by Anne-Marie Hodge: When it comes to sex among guppies, competition is high for those at the top of the game.

September 13, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
The Survival of Humanity

The Survival of Humanity

An existential catastrophe would obliterate or severely limit the existence of all future humanity. As defined by Nick Bostrom at Oxford University, an existential catastrophe is one which extinguishes Earth-originating intelligent life or permanently destroys a substantial part of its potential.  As such it must be considered a harm of unfathomable magnitude, far beyond tragedy [...]..

September 13, 2013 — Lawrence Rifkin
Voyager Has Entered The Interstellar Medium

Voyager Has Entered The Interstellar Medium

                After many claims and statements over the past few years that Voyager 1, our most distant operating spacecraft, has ‘left the solar system’ (it hasn’t, as I explain here), it does now seem that as of August 2012 this extraordinary vehicle has entered the interstellar medium...

September 12, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
Teachers and App Designers Join Forces

Teachers and App Designers Join Forces

Starting this week, developers from a dozen high tech startups are entering New York City classrooms to help teachers brainstorm solutions to educational challenges.

September 12, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
Digital Natives Looking to Unplug, Connect

Digital Natives Looking to Unplug, Connect

Make a prediction: how would you think a student today would answer these questions? If you were creating a classroom, what would it look like?

September 12, 2013 — Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters
Summer of Love at Scientific American

Summer of Love at Scientific American

Video of the Week #109, September 11th, 2013: From: Mosquito Preference and Erotic Vomit! Best of the Blogs for August is Live by Carin Bondar at PsiVid.

September 11, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
The Incredible Beauty of a Blown Out Candle

The Incredible Beauty of a Blown Out Candle

Image of the Week #108, September 11th, 2013: From: Waxbows: The Incredible Beauty of a Blown Out Candle by Kyle Hill at But Not Simpler. Source: Grover Schrayer With video so widely available, why would anyone choose to make still image?...

September 11, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Violent U.S. Response to 9/11 Attacks Hurt More Than Helped*

Did United States Overreact to 9/11 Terror Attacks?

A year ago, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks by Al Qaeda on the United States, I argued that the U.S. overreacted to these horrific acts of terrorism.

September 10, 2013 — John Horgan
Update to Boston Review Forum on GMOs

Update to Boston Review Forum on GMOs

Doug Gurian-Sherman at the Union of Concerned scientists wrote me a polite email yesterday. He protested that one of the sentences in my response to Margaret Mellon’s response to my recent Boston Review piece on “GMOs”, was “not professional and far from worthy of my typical efforts”...

September 10, 2013 — Pamela Ronald
LHC celebrates five years of not destroying the world

LHC celebrates five years of not destroying the world

Five years ago, at breakfast time, the world waited anxiously for news from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The first nervy bunch of protons were due to be fired around the European lab’s latest and biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), as it kicked into action...

September 10, 2013 — Harry Cliff and Rupert Cole
Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) which is the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society and the chemical community is celebrating 90 years of its existence this year, and I can only imagine how perplexed and awestruck its editors from 1923 would have been had they witnessed the state of pure and applied chemistry in [...]..

September 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) which is the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society and the chemical community is celebrating 90 years of its existence this year, and I can only imagine how perplexed and awestruck its editors from 1923 would have been had they witnessed the state of pure and applied chemistry in [...]..

September 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
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