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Acrobats, Mayo Addicts and Drones Win the 2014 “Dance Your PhD” Contest

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It’s a science competition like no other. Acrobats, their faces painted forest green, artfully ascend hanging ropes, twirling away from tumbling pathogens. A food scientist dances around a conga line of human carbohydrates. Two quadcopters engage in a solemn tango. Those crazy performances are the winners of the seventh annual Dance Your Ph.D. competition. The [...]

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Big Climate Danger Could Arrive as Soon as 2036

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Climate change is changing. In three days we will find out how much, and how rapidly. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is meeting in Yokohama, Japan, will release the second report of its massive assessment on Sunday, March 30 EDT (March 31 in Japan). The report will weigh the impacts of climate [...]

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Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina named AAAS fellow

A quick shout-out to our Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina, who this week was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the section on General Interest in Science and Engineering. She is being honored for distinguished science journalism and editing that has had a major impact on public understanding [...]

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Apply Now for an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

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I started writing about math and science in June 2012 thanks to an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship sponsored by the American Mathematical Society. Every year, the fellowship provides opportunities for math and science graduate students to work for mass media outlets such as Scientific American (where I worked), NPR, the Chicago Tribune, and so on. [...]

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Start 2014 in Style With These ScienceArt Exhibits


All in all, 2013 was a bang-up year for science art. It seems the genre is gaining ground as more and more exhibits tackle the fascinating possibilities that exist at the intersection of science and art. 2014 seems to be continuing the trend with a wide array of notably longer exhibits. Enjoy! EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION [...]

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