A new recycling process could provide a way to restore lithium ion battery cathodes to “mint condition.” What’s better, this new process only uses half the energy of conventional recycling methods
We like other people in part because they think the way we do—but we may also think alike as a result of being friends
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Cryptozoology is the study of animals or alleged animals that are known only from anecdotal evidence. The field has a bit of an image problem. Frankly, this isn’t much of a surprise when you look at the busy efforts of the various creationists, true believers and cranks who express interest in the subject.And several recent claims about yeti and sasquatch DNA haven’t exactly done much to further the view that cryptozoological studies are being conducted in a manner typical for scientific research (you don’t have a published paper, but you want the world to know that you’ve submitted a manuscript ?
#SciAmBlogs Friday - Funny Lip-Synching, Natural History of Mistletoe, Kihansi Spray Toad, Video Games, and more.
I will be on vacation all next week, so next installment of the evening linkfest will come on January 3rd. In the meantime, check the blogs anyway - using the feeds, bookmarks or social media, or whichever way you prefer to keep up with your favourite science bloggers.
I've beaten up on opponents of gun control in posts published on the day of the Newtown massacre and again on Sunday. In both posts, I strongly implied that more guns mean more shootings.
Perhaps you've been hearing rumblings in the ether about physicists wrangling over black holes and something called a firewall: namely, that we should question our longstanding assumption that someone who crosses the event horizon of a black hole won't notice anything amiss until they near the singularity -- at which point they will experience what Caltech physicist Kip Thorne once dubbed "spaghettification."So if we aren't going to be spaghettified when we fall into the black hole, what will happen instead?
Mistletoe is frequently spotted hanging above lovers' heads in terrible holiday specials--but only during one month of the year. That makes it easy to forget that more than 1,300 species hang in forests year-round, parasitizing thousands of tree species around the world.
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today for this week's Friday Weird Science: the evolutionary psychology of romance novel titles. This does, indeed exist.
Happy holidays! As the year draws to a close, one thing I’m celebrating is the fun I've had helping put together the magazine I edit, Scientific American Mind.
Two American zoos have helped to save an African amphibian from extinction. The Kihansi spray toad ( Nectophrynoides asperginis ) was declared extinct in the wild in 2009 after its only habitat, the waterfalls of Kihansi Gorge in Tanzania, dried up following the establishment of a nearby hydroelectric dam.
[caption id="attachment_884" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Sarah Ann Anderson (left), Mariette DiChristina and banana get ready to do some science during a Google Hangout with Girlstart and the Google Science Fair.
Welcome to the end-of-the-world edition of Picks which does not highlight any articles about the end of the world. Go figure. What this week’s picks do highlight is unsurprisingly much cooler (and at times more serious).
STAFFBehind the scenes at Scientific AmericanRead
Anecdotes from the Archive
Anthropology in Practice
Exploring the human condition.Read
Insights into intelligence, creativity, and the mindRead
Everything you always wanted to know about raising science-literate kidsRead
Dark Star Diaries
Explore the science behind the dog in your bedRead
News and research about endangered species from around the worldRead
Frontiers for Young Minds
Science by and for kids ages 8-15Read
Commentary invited by editors of Scientific AmericanRead
Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday DeceptionsRead
Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiologyRead
MIND Guest Blog
Commentary invited by editors of Scientific American MindRead
Not bad science
New discoveries in animal behavior and cognitionRead
Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific AmericanRead
More than wires - exploring the connections between energy, environment, and our livesRead
Roots of Unity
Mathematics: learning it, doing it, celebrating it.Read
Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.Read
STAFFIllustrating science since 1845Read
STAFFA science blog, sans blagueRead
Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinctRead
The Artful Amoeba
A Blog About the Weird Wonderfulness of Life on EarthRead
Exploring and celebrating diversity in science.Read