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Tar Sands Pipeline Vetoed, Climate Threat Marches On

Pres. Barack Obama vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline on February 24— not because of climate change, not because of low oil prices and not because of the risks from leaking diluted bitumen from the tar sands...

February 25, 2015 — David Biello

Build a World-Class Insect Imaging System for under $6,000

Compound Eye has been quiet of late. My silence is for a good cause, though! The past few months have been hectic as I transitioned from freelance photography in Illinois to a new job: Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas in Austin...

February 24, 2015 — Alex Wild
Not Your Grandma's Science Competition - Part 3

Not Your Grandma's Science Competition - Part 3

This post is the third in a three-part series highlighting youth science competitions that task young people with the real challenges and rewards of a life in research.

February 24, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Tricksy Mars may be Obscuring Signs of Organic Matter

Picture a hot volcanic spring. Mineral-laden acidic water flows through sulfur-rich rocks. A foul odor hangs in the air. For us it’s a nasty environment, best enjoyed through the lens of a tourist’s camera...

February 24, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
Airborne Scouts, 1915

Airborne Scouts, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 20, 1915 The usefulness of scouting from the air had been demonstrated in the early days of the Great War.

February 20, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff
Throwback Thursday: The First U.S. Energy Storage Plant

Throwback Thursday: The First U.S. Energy Storage Plant

In July 1930, the magazine Popular Science ran an article announcing start of operations at the first U.S. "ten-mile storage battery"—or pumped-hydro energy storage plant—near New Milford, Connecticut...

February 19, 2015 — Robert Fares
Is there joy in missing out?

Is there joy in missing out?

Researchers talk about our attachment to social media in terms of the fear of missing out (FOMO). We can’t look away from our mobile devices because we might miss the possibility to make or enhance a connection...

February 18, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
Titan Loses its Speckles

Titan Loses its Speckles

Some of the most stunning images of Saturn’s moon Titan are made using a synthetic aperture radar to penetrate the thick atmosphere to see the frigid surface.

February 16, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
The Ethics of our Brave New Drone Photography World

The Ethics of our Brave New Drone Photography World

It’s a marvelous time to be a photographer. The blossoming tech industry has made us all kids in a candy shop, suddenly realizing the whole street is candy shops, on a street with peppermint cobblestones and licorice fountains...

February 16, 2015 — Alex Wild

Is AI Dangerous? That Depends…

Somewhere in the long list of topics that are relevant to astrobiology is the question of ‘intelligence’. Is human-like, technological intelligence likely to be common across the universe?...

February 13, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
You Asked - They Answered: Q&A with Smart Wires

You Asked - They Answered: Q&A with Smart Wires

I have received many interesting questions from readers in response to last Sunday's article "Controlling the Path of Least Resistance with Smart Wires." This week, I consolidated these questions and took them back to Smart Wires – the start-up company behind the power flow control technology that was featured in the previous discussion - to [...]..

February 13, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott
Flexible and recyclable solar wallpaper

Flexible and recyclable solar wallpaper

Researchers in Finland have developed a flexible and recyclable organic solar panel in the form of a leaf. At the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland pilot plant, these solar panels were printed directly onto a thin sheet of film to create a solar wallpaper that can be used to produce electricity from interior lighting or sunlight. According to [...]..

February 12, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott
Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition: Part 1

Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition: Part 1

This post is the first in a three-part series highlighting youth science competitions that task young people with the real challenges and rewards of a life in research.

February 10, 2015 — Amanda Baker

The U.S. Power Grid is in Need of a Technology Upgrade

Innovators gather in DC this week to discuss how to modernize the U.S. electric grid in the face of a changing electricity sector. The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit kicks off today in Washington DC and will highlight technologies that could fundamentally alter how the nation generates, uses, and stores electricity...

February 9, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott
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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”