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Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Texas is well-known as the home of the oil and gas industry. Over the last decade it has also become the nation’s wind power leader. Today, it is poised to be America’s testbed for energy storage technologies...

June 23, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Does the scientific journal have a future?

Does the scientific journal have a future?

This summer, scholars will use the break from teaching to submit manuscripts, review papers and develop new ideas. But even as the major functions of scholarly publishing march on, scholars, publishers and librarians start to ask, "What does the future of the scholarly journal look like?" Perhaps we should be asking a different question...

June 18, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

Remembering a Great Science Educator

Seventeen years ago, Phil Yam, then news editor (now managing editor, online), was looking for a rent-a-kid to test out the newly opening physics playground at the New York Hall of Science...

May 21, 2014 — Gary Stix

Catfishing: The Truth About Deception Online

The growing popularity of online dating The dating scene has been changing over the last decade. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005...

April 25, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
Photo Friday: 220KV Oil Circuit Breakers at Redondo Steam Plant, 1948

Photo Friday: 220KV Oil Circuit Breakers at Redondo Steam Plant, 1948

The first Redondo Beach Steam Power Plant came online in 1907. This $1.25 million power plant was operated until 1933 – it was then taken offline, dismantled, bought/sold, and rebuilt, coming online again in 1948 as a part of Southern California Edison’s power fleet...

April 25, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

Winter Is Coming... So Wear the Right Clothes

The April 6th Game of Thrones episode, "Two Swords," eased the HBO series out of the gate and into its fourth season. With this Sunday's episode, "The Lion and the Rose," and King Joffrey's Purple Wedding, things picked up speed considerably...

April 17, 2014 — Matthew Timothy Bradley
Why is the grass always greener on social media?

Why is the grass always greener on social media?

Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site of some sort...

July 23, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

Frustration of the day: unclear article numbers

Over the past couple of days, I have been reviewing some citations for student projects.  Several of the students submitted citations in which they expressed confusion over what page numbers to include...

April 9, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

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

The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience

There is something about a ROOMBA, the robotic floor cleaning device, that inspires us to put things atop of them for a ride for our entertainment, including babies, cats in shark costumes, and my favorite, prairie dogs!...

March 29, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
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Science or SciFi?

Science or SciFi?

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