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So Long, Academic Dead Zones

When we were in school, there were certain moments that were considered to be learning dead zones. For us, these were times when a teacher showed a movie, or when other students were presenting their own book reports or science projects that we were not so interested in.

March 11, 2013 — Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters

Plants give bees a caffeine buzz

We humans love us some caffeine. The mild stimulant have saved many a student, parent, and hard working adult from nodding over their desks. And it's a natural product of plants like the coffee plant and the tea bush.

March 11, 2013 — Scicurious

Say Yes to the High-Tech Dress

Oscar season is over, and it's a shame all those A-List actresses looking to make a dramatic entrance didn't get to see the latest collection of couture dresses from avant-tech designer Hussein Chalayan.

March 10, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Inspiration abounds at SXSW Interactive 2013

Long known as an event for introducing groundbreaking Web sites and Social networking platforms, this year SXSW featured a few stand outs who provide the infrastructure and a platform that invite and inspire further innovation.

STAFFMarch 10, 2013 — Michael Thomas

Time in 298 Words

Last year, in the inaugural Flame Challenge, Alan Alda and the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University challenged scientists to explain what a flame is to an 11-year-old.

March 10, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Physics Week in Review, March 9, 2013

Welcome to another rich round-up of the best physics stuff on the web this past week. Let's get the shameless self-promotion out of the way quickly, shall we?*Be sure to check out my Slate profile of Caltech chemical engineer Frances Arnold, who figured out how to use "directed evolution" to breed all kinds of exciting new proteins and enzymes.*On Wednesday, I moderated a panel discussion at the Petersen Automotive Museum here in Los Angeles on "How Much Does Math Matter," organized by Zocalo Public Square.

March 9, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

M@h*(pOet)?ica Mathematics and Love

Editor's note (11/7/13): Find the entry point and new posts of Bob Grumman's M@h*(pOet)?ica at http://poeticks.com/ #StorySaturday is a Guest Blog weekend experiment in which we invite people to write about science in a different, unusual format – fiction, science fiction, lablit, personal story, fable, fairy tale, poetry, or comic strip.

March 9, 2013 — Bob Grumman

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