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Anthropology in Practice

The Open Lab Cover Unveiled!

Earlier this week, Bora Zivkovic revealed the cover design for the annual anthology of the best science writing on the Web. A hearty congratulations to all who made this edition. Design by Jason Heuer (click to see larger)

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Life, Unbounded

C-SPAN’s ‘After Words’ Discusses Our Cosmic Status

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Ever feel that broadcast TV fails to tackle the big issues? I don’t mean the state of the economy, healthcare, the future of clean energy, or what B-list celebrities had for breakfast – I mean the Really Big Issues. Like whether or not we’re alone in the universe, whether life is somehow special, and whether [...]

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Oscillator

Synthetic Aesthetics: The Book!

Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology's Designs on Nature

Synthetic Aesthetics is a project that brings together artists, designers, engineers, biologists, and social scientists to investigate the design of living things. The book, published last week, includes essays on the science and technology of synthetic biology, the conflict between the engineering mindset, the logic of biology, and the language of design, as well as [...]

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Plugged In

British Storm Brings Up History’s First Work of Social Media

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The enormous winter storm Xaver currently battering northern Europe, coming only a month after another one, brings to mind another famous storm that hit England late in the fall — the unnamed blow that generated Daniel Defoe’s nonfiction masterpiece The Storm, considered by some the first work of modern journalism. It hit southern England just [...]

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Plugged In

Electric Sky, Traffic Light Design, and Other Reasons for Paying Attention

The world is trying to remind you to keep your eyes open, to take nothing for granted. Don’t ignore the quotidian: look there for breakthroughs. Consider the electric sky created by a German electric engineering firm to mimic the changing cloudscape of life under the real blue sky. The idea is to improve workers’ senses [...]

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PsiVid

Sloth Squeak!

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Lucy Cooke, the mastermind behind Slothville, a recognized National Geographic Explorer and award winning videographer and TV producer, has a new book, The Power of Sloth, coming out in the UK today. To celebrate, she made a quick video compilation of sloths squeaking. My heart has broken from the cuteness! In case you missed Lucy [...]

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PsiVid

A Chat with Biologist Edward O. Wilson on SciAm’s 168th Anniversary

E.O. Wilson's Latest Book, "Letters to a Young Scientist"

I am very pleased to announce that the SciAm community will be graced by the presence of one of the most well-known naturalists, Edward O. Wilson, an eminent biologist, researcher, and theorist who is the world’s leading authority on ants. He is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for his thoughtful and insightful writings. If [...]

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PsiVid

Chris Hadfield Writes a Book: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life (on Earth)

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A new book by the former Commander of the ISS, and a pro at social media engagement from low Earth orbit, Chris Hadfield, is due out October 2013! It is called, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth. It seems this qualifies Chris Hadfield to be a future guest for my regular Read Science! Google [...]

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PsiVid

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal with Mary Roach

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Mary Roach is one of my fave science authors because she looks at everything in a quirky and unique way. No subject is too daunting at all it seems, though in an interview I conducted back in 2009, I relayed a question from science author Carl Zimmer: “Is there any topic that cannot be made [...]

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PsiVid

Unusual Creatures for Kids in Song, Book and Video!

If you have kids, or teach, or were observant when you were a kid yourself, you know that kids learn in all different ways. Some are happy to sit quietly and read a book, some need the visual input from photo and video and some want to sing and dance their way to learning the [...]

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PsiVid

Hard Science is Going to the Dogs

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Dogs are great at learning things. They love to be taught how to fetch, roll over, and heel, for instance. You can also teach them physics. Physicist Chad Orzel has proven this with his two books “How to Teach Physics to your Dog” and the more specialized, “How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog“. Here, [...]

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PsiVid

The Science Online 2012 Keynote Speaker

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Carin and I will soon be at Science Online 2012.  As I mentioned last post, we both will be running workshops on video-making and will be your hosts for the Cyberscreen Science Film Festival 2012. The Keynote speaker this year is National Geographic Host and Primatologist, Mireya Mayor. Her speech is titled The Vain Girl’s Survival [...]

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