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Ecologists: Wading from nature to networks

“I’ve always thought of myself as a wader due to my size,” said 6’5” Bob Paine, professor emeritus in the University of Washington’s Department of Biology.  Paine is considered by many to be the founder of experimental ecology. He has produced some of the nation’s top marine biologists. He has also spent 45 years knee-deep [...]

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A Farewell to Formalin-Soaked Frogs?


Source: from Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology by Adrian Giordani on the Guest Blog Credit: Image courtesy of Alexander Ziegler Whether you dissected an earthworm, frog, cat or fetal pig in a science class during your childhood, you probably remember the stuffy smell of formalin that hovered around your classroom and tagged along with [...]

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The Mathematician’s Obesity Fallacy

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As I write, this interview with mathematician Carson C. Chow is the number-one most-emailed story on the New York Times Web site. Chow, a researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, had no experience in the health sciences before he came to study the problem of why so many Americans [...]

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Predicting small-scale turbulent flows could lead to more efficient airliners and ships

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It is a phenomenon that has eluded description for centuries. Today’s supercomputers are not up to the task of simulating it in detail. And the great physicist Richard Feynman reportedly called it "the most important unsolved problem of classical physics." What grand conundrum could possibly cause such trouble? The answer is surprisingly mundane: turbulent fluid [...]

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Strangely Beautiful Sneeze Spray


With cold and flu season upon us and cooler weather increasingly pushing us indoors, it’s time to remind ourselves how to stay healthy. Namely, eat well, sleep well, exercise, and whatever you do, don’t inadvertently inhale a virus-laden water droplet after your office-mate sneezes. Medical illustrator James Archer shows us exactly what to watch out [...]

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In Case You’re Tempted to Think 3D Modeling All Looks the Same


I initially contacted Bryan Christie to request permission to feature his spectacular cheetah illustration in this year’s blitz. He agreed, and so here it is, in all its glory: But he also tipped me off to his fine art work that is equally worthy of note: How could two such disparate styles emanate from the [...]

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Tools Change But Creative People Are a Constant


Once upon a time, I wrote about five reasons your camera won’t steal my job. In short, the reasons were: 1. Photography can’t capture small things 2. Photography can’t capture distant things 3. Photography can’t capture extinct things 4. Photography can emphasize the wrong things 5. Photography is just one tool of many to master [...]

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