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Acoustically Levitating Caprese Salad

Acoustically Levitating Caprese Salad

Last night I was at a SuperBowl party and enjoyed many (maybe too many) delicious foods, including Insalata Caprese. This mozzarella, tomato, basil, salt, and olive oil concoction is a traditional summertime treat.

February 4, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
Laikipia Plateau: I have arrived

Laikipia Plateau: I have arrived

Well, I made it to Kenya successfully, seem to have conquered my jet lag, and am exciting about getting my fieldwork in motion. After spending a couple of days doing meetings and errands in Nairobi, I am headed off to my field site in the Laikipia District.

February 4, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge
Watch this Amazing 12-Year-Old Launch a Hello Kitty into Space

Watch this Amazing 12-Year-Old Launch a Hello Kitty into Space

NASA doesn’t have a lock on space exploration anymore. Just ask Lauren Rojas, a seventh grader in Antioch, Calif., who recently launched a balloon to 93,625 feet* using a do-it-yourself balloon kit from High Altitude Science.

February 4, 2013 — Michael Moyer
Diversity in Science Carnival: Identity Edition

Diversity in Science Carnival: Identity Edition

I have a million thoughts swirling in my head after Science Online 2013, and a million more things I want to learn about and accomplish for Science Online 2014.

February 4, 2013 — Kate Clancy
Your Next Vacation: Quarantine on Grosse le

Your Next Vacation: Quarantine on Grosse le

Grosse Ile is a place defined by disease. The two-mile long island is in the St. Lawrence River off the coast of Quebec, Canada. It functioned for over one hundred years as a quarantine station for victims of major infectious diseases.

February 4, 2013 — Caitlin Contag
Yet Another Harrowing Story of White Collar Addiction

Yet Another Harrowing Story of White Collar Addiction

Yesterday, Alan Schwarz, reporting for the Sunday edition of The New York Times , published an alarmist piece on Adderall abuse.  The story chronicles the short life of Richard Fee, a popular young pre-med who, after dabbling in fast-acting stimulants in college, faked his way into an ADHD diagnosis and, within months of filling his first prescription, began heavily abusing the drug, leading to severe addiction and psychosis, and ultimately to his suicide, two years ago, at the age of twenty-four.

February 4, 2013 — melody
Kermadec Trench: A Turn for the Worse

Kermadec Trench: A Turn for the Worse

Seafarers have a strange way of describing things sometimes. For example, 1st officer Steve described today as being a “funny old day” and Captain Lindsey described the weather as “freshening.” This translates to being an absolute disaster of a day, mostly due to the fact the weather turned absolutely terrible.At first light we brought in the hadal-lander in a swell and wind that was really pushing us to the limit.

February 4, 2013 — Alan Jamieson
How the sharksucker got its suction disc

How the sharksucker got its suction disc

The head of a 26.7 mm remora, or sharksucker, with its strange suction disc. Credit: Dave Johnson "The lazy remora's inhaling lips | Hung on the keel, retard the struggling ships" - Erasmus Darwin, 1830Remoras, or sharksuckers, are a family of eight species of tropical fish that for more than a millennium have inspired a mythology that is almost stranger than those odd little hats they've got on.

February 4, 2013 — Becky Crew
The End-of-Science Bandwagon Is Getting Crowded

The End-of-Science Bandwagon Is Getting Crowded

I'm getting worried, again, about the future of "pure science," which seeks knowledge for its own sake rather than for practical applications, like thermonuclear bombs and erectile-dysfunction treatments.

February 4, 2013 — John Horgan

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