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Khalil’s Picks (8 November 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (8 November 2013)

You’ve been waiting the entire week for this, haven’t you? The first piece is a highly-recommended analysis of freelance science journalism salaries.

November 8, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
Are “Big Data” Sucking Scientific Talent into Big Business?

Are “Big Data” Sucking Scientific Talent into Big Business?

Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about how “Big Data”—which as far as I can tell is just data mining in a glossy new wrapper–are going to revolutionize science and help us create a better world.* These claims strike me as all too familiar...

November 8, 2013 — John Horgan
Teen Builds Gateway to the Brain for Girls

Teen Builds Gateway to the Brain for Girls

The Synapse Project “encourages young women to enter the field of neuroscience through information and mentorship,” according to its website.

November 6, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

In the Star Trek universe, handheld medical tricorders became standard issue for Starfleet vessels as early as the mid-22nd century. Here in a little place we like to call “reality,” a competition seeks to help deliver such all-in-one health analyzers at least 100 years ahead of schedule...

November 4, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
Guest post: Electric Vehicles Need New “Assembly Line” Breakthrough

Guest post: Electric Vehicles Need New “Assembly Line” Breakthrough

By Wang Tao Struggling sales in the electric vehicle (EV) market have resulted in serious questions being raised about their viability. Despite Chinese government incentives, only a few Chinese EV pilot cities have met their target of putting 1,000 EVs on the road...

August 28, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Arctic Methane: Flight Sunday 18th PM

Arctic Methane: Flight Sunday 18th PM

As the Red Team member who was co-ordinating with the Blue Team during their flight, I must emphasise the crucial role I played in using the chat room to keep up to date with the Blue Team and their new plans, and then making a phone call to the TCCON site manager...

August 26, 2013 — Michelle Cain
Arctic Methane: Flight Friday 16th PM

Arctic Methane: Flight Friday 16th PM

We followed exactly the same flight path as this morning’s flight. Credit to the amazing  (auto) pilots! Like the earlier flight, we also saw gradual changes in the methane concentration as we traversed east to went and north to south...

August 22, 2013 — Michelle Cain
More Solar Panels at the White House

More Solar Panels at the White House

The Washington Post‘s indefatigable Juliet Eilperin got an unnamed official at the White House to confirm that solar panels are being reinstalled at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week—fulfilling a promise made by the Obama administration three years ago...

August 15, 2013 — David Biello
Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Video of the Week #105, August 14th, 2013: From: #SciAmBlogs Thursday – glass sponges, dog sounds, sharks friends, med school interviews, and more.

August 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
40 Percent of Food in the U.S. Never Gets Eaten

40 Percent of Food in the U.S. Never Gets Eaten

My second round of inquiry into The Dating Game report by NRDC, which explains how the food dating system drives food waste in America, was with two authors of the report itself- Emily Broad Lieb, who directs the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, an expert on the legal system that contributes to [...]..

September 18, 2013 — Perrin Ireland
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
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