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  • Halloween Science Costumes Symbiartic

    Halloween Science Costumes

    October 7, 2015 |

    Last week I took the advice of my co-blogger Glendon Mellow and reshared some previous artwork. A Halloween comic. It was far more popular the second time around. Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram loved it. On just Facebook, it was shared 13,000 times and seen by over 2.5 million people. […]

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  • The Rhombus Bombus Symbiartic

    The Rhombus Bombus

    By Glendon Mellow | 17 hours ago |

    While I often share fairly realistic, illustrative art sometimes a more abstracted artwork just smacks you in the forehead like an impatient bumblebee.  The Rhombus Bombus   by David Orr is exactly that type of artwork.  The Rhombus Bombus © David Orr Said it before, and I'll say it again, one of the best reasons for science communicators to work with artists, illustrators, cartoonists and designers is for the ideas that might result that the communicator never would have thought of in advance. […]

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  • Endangered Hawaiian Bees and Other Species Proposed for Protection Extinction Countdown

    Endangered Hawaiian Bees and Other Species Proposed for Protection

    By John R. Platt | 17 hours ago |

    Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed to protect seven rare bee species and 42 other disappearing plant and animal species native to the Hawaiian Islands under the Endangered Species Act. The list of candidates includes all of Hawaii’s  yellow-faced bee species (from the genus Hylaeus ) as well as many plant species that depend on these pollinators for survival. […]

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  • Report: Onshore Wind Is Plugged In

    Report: Onshore Wind Is "Fully Competitive" Versus Fossil Fuels in Some Parts of the World

    By Melissa C. Lott | October 6, 2015 |

    Onshore wind power is “fully competitive” with gas and coal in some parts of the world, with solar closing the gap according to a report released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In BNEF’s latest “Levelised Cost of Electricity Update” for H2 2015, analysts report that the cost of electricity from fossil fuels is increasingly expensive around the world while the cost of renewable power is dropping. […]

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  • The Subterfuge of Epsilon and Delta Roots of Unity

    The Subterfuge of Epsilon and Delta

    By Evelyn Lamb | October 5, 2015 |

    One of the most frustrating things about studying math is the intuition-obscuring way we write textbooks and academic journal articles. The way we present proofs is not the way we come up with them—it can almost feel like the authors are covering their tracks.  The epsilon-delta proof is a famously unpopular topic among undergraduates in calculus and analysis classes. […]

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  • Upcoming Streamed Talk: Future-Proofing Dinosaur Tattoos Symbiartic

    Upcoming Streamed Talk: Future-Proofing Dinosaur Tattoos

    By Glendon Mellow | October 5, 2015 |

    How do you future-proof a dinosaur tattoo design?  Or find the source of an image that has its attribution stripped away?  How can a someone in a small niche cause a big ripple?  This Thursday, October 8th I will be at Ryerson University's new launched Social Media Lab exploring how we communicate science through social media, specifically while using images. […]

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  • Tetrapod Zoology

    Piltdown Man and the Dualist Contention

    October 3, 2015 |

    One of my favourite reconstructions of Piltdown man. It's by Margaret Flinsch and shows supposedly associated proboscideans and horses in a surprisingly tropical Plio-Pleistocene England. Note the (in)famous tool being held by the hominin on the left. […]

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  • SA Voices

    Young Scientists and the Future

    By Nature Video | October 2, 2015 |

    Science from the Ivory Tower Nobel laureate William E. Moerner believes scientists should defend science more vigorously. But faced with contentious topics like genetically modified organisms, he wonders who should discuss science with the public. […]

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  • Under an Eclipse, a Lawn Full of Crawling Stars The Artful Amoeba

    Under an Eclipse, a Lawn Full of Crawling Stars

    By Jennifer Frazer | October 2, 2015 |

    Just as one insect mystery was solved , another appeared. In this case, it arrived under the wan light of the lunar eclipse last week. I was in rural western Kentucky visiting family and I had been impatiently checking to see if I could see the eclipse. […]

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  • War Comes to the Alps, 1915 SA Anecdotes from the Archive

    War Comes to the Alps, 1915

    By Dan Schlenoff | October 2, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: October 2, 1915 After Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915, Italian troops attacked their neighbor to the northeast over a wide front of their shared border. The great aim of Italy’s attacks was to break through the mountainous terrain into the wide plains beyond. […]

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