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  • #DispatchesDNLee 2015 Week 1 Recap The Urban Scientist

    #DispatchesDNLee 2015 Week 1 Recap

    By DNLee | June 30, 2015 |

    Wait, have I been here 5 and a half weeks already?  Wow! Times goes fast. I haven't been able to post as much as I would like.  The internet has been so slow...and the power outages..I've lost count on how many black outs I've experienced since arriving. […]

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  • Mail Your Dog's Poop, for Citizen Science MIND Dog Spies

    Mail Your Dog's Poop, for Citizen Science

    By Julie Hecht | 11 hours ago |

    Want to legally mail your dog’s poop? How about share your dog’s likes and dislikes? Citizen science makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to real scientific studies, and when it comes to dogs, your help is much needed. […]

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  • Tetrapod Zoology

    Voyeurism and Feral Pigeons

    By Darren Naish | 23 hours ago |

    I'm a big fan of pigeons. They do lots of interesting things, they look neat, they're pretty 'extreme' when it comes to various of their abilties, and they're accessible and easy to watch. Comparatively few of us get to watch long sequences of behaviour in wild birds, but pigeons - here I'm talking about the feral/domestic form of the Rock dove or Rock pigeon Columba livia - provide those of us interested in birds with excellent views of... […]

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  • Bad News for Hollywood Rosetta Stones

    Bad News for Hollywood

    By Dana Hunter | 23 hours ago |

    So, you know those disaster movies where volcanoes explode like Mount St. Helens, but also spew fountains of really runny lava like Kilauea on laxatives? I have really bad news for them, courtesy of Edward Wolfe and Thomas Pierson in Volcanic-Hazard Zonation for Mount St. […]

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  • You Should Know: Fr. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya, Astronomer The Urban Scientist

    You Should Know: Fr. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya, Astronomer

    By DNLee | June 28, 2015 |

    Welcome to the  31st installment   of the You Should Know Series. Each week I give my own  #ScholarSunday  salute to Scientists, Engineers, Science Communicators, and Science Educators.  I'm in Tanzania for field research and I am expanding this series to highlight the innovators from Africa and those doing research on this great continent. […]

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  • A Belated Apology to Mozart and Modular Arithmetic Roots of Unity

    A Belated Apology to Mozart and Modular Arithmetic

    By Evelyn Lamb | June 27, 2015 |

    My first musical love was Beethoven. The 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony was the first piece of music that made me want to cry. When I started to play viola, the cello suites were the gateway to my long, passionate relationship with Bach. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: June 27, 2015 Cocktail Party Physics

    Physics Week in Review: June 27, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | June 27, 2015 |

    "Light Echoes" Prove That This Neutron Star is Weirdly Like a Black Hole, judging by new images of X-ray image of Circinus X-1 from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Per io9 : "It’s twice as far away as we thought it was, meaning it’s much brighter. […]

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  • The Richest Reef: To Collect or Not to Collect? SA Expeditions

    The Richest Reef: To Collect or Not to Collect?

    By Steven Bedard | June 26, 2015 |

    Editor’s Note: “The Richest Reef” follows members of a scientific dive team as they attempt to pinpoint the center of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystem in the world. Long considered our planet’s most species-rich piece of ocean real estate, the Western Pacific’s “Coral Triangle” is a continent-sized patchwork of habitats, populations, and communities. […]

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  • Mathematical Art Takes a Fresh Look at Wallpaper SA Guest Blog

    Mathematical Art Takes a Fresh Look at Wallpaper

    By Frank A. Farris | June 26, 2015 |

    When you look through a kaleidoscope, the scene in front of you becomes a mosaic of tiles. My mathematical art is similar, but with a twist: it turns the textures and colors of the world into a pattern, but without the rigidity of mirrors. This work—detailed in my new book, Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns — is recognizably mathematical, but with a wild variety of rhythm, and this makes it symmetric, yet organic. […]

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  • How Information Builds a Community Anthropology in Practice

    How Information Builds a Community

    By Krystal D'Costa | June 25, 2015 |

    It might be hard to believe in today's mobile-enabled world, but landlines were once the primary option when it came to telephones. And prior to residences having private lines, community lines where neighbors shared a single telephone and party lines where four, eight, or even twelve neighbors shared a telephone were the norm. […]

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