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Edward, Bella, and McGurk: Why Bad Lip-Synching Is So Funny

Edward, Bella, and McGurk: Why Bad Lip-Synching Is So Funny

“You slapped a fiiiish. Why would you do that?”“I wanted some seafood.” At nearly 16,000,000 views at the time of this writing, this “bad lip-synching” of Edward and Bella is objectively hilarious.

December 21, 2012 — Kyle Hill
Nuclear structure -- in DIC!

Nuclear structure -- in DIC!

While I work on another post, here's a nucleus of an amoeba to look at. Some amoebae tend to have large and fairly obvious nuclei, and, if the cell is thin enough, you can make out some nuclear ultrastructure!

December 20, 2012 — Psi Wavefunction
ABATC-2012 Year in Review

ABATC-2012 Year in Review

Another year, another time to take a look at an arbitrary period of time and check what happened, what one did, and perhaps squeeze some overarching meaning out of the emerging patterns.

December 20, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Introducing: Alison Schumacher

Introducing: Alison Schumacher

This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public.

STAFFDecember 20, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Shootings May Threaten Global Polio Eradication Effort

Shootings May Threaten Global Polio Eradication Effort

Child receives oral polio vaccine; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/USAID The deaths this week of nine polio vaccine workers in Pakistan at the hands of gunmen indicate a threat not only to workers but also to the effort to eradicate the disease—locally and globally.Earlier this year, the international push to eradicate the crippling—and sometimes deadly—childhood disease from its final holdouts (Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan) was still in full force.

December 20, 2012 — Katherine Harmon
Takeesha: Crack, Heroin and Alcohol in Action

Takeesha: Crack, Heroin and Alcohol in Action

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade's photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty and prostitution in Hunts Point, Bronx.

December 20, 2012 — Cassie Rodenberg
Psychedelic Prophet of 2012 Doom Was Goofing! But For a Good Reason

Psychedelic Prophet of 2012 Doom Was Goofing! But For a Good Reason

It's the day before the doomsday, as supposedly prophesied by ancient Mayans. Scientific American has been dutifully mocking the prediction, while also cannily capitalizing on it by offering discounted subscriptions in an "End of the World Flash Sale." Brilliant!

December 20, 2012 — John Horgan
The Newtown Shootings - The View from 300.01

The Newtown Shootings - The View from 300.01

Since December 14th, when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 26 people, including 20 schoolchildren, the world's attention news has been on the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

December 20, 2012 — David L. Levine

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