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Beijing's air pollution as seen from space

Beijing's air pollution as seen from space

On January 13, The New York Times reported that air pollution levels in Beijing, China were elevated to a point "beyond indexing". The readings help form the Air Quality Index (PDF), which is used to determine levels of harmful particulate matter, and topped out at 755 ppm at a monitoring station at the U.S.

January 15, 2013 — David Wogan
Rare Japanese Rabbit Leaves Endangered Species List

Rare Japanese Rabbit Leaves Endangered Species List

Japan has removed the rare, nocturnal, island-dwelling Amami black rabbit (aka the Ryukyu rabbit, Pentalagus furnessi ) from its endangered species list, according to a report from The Telegraph .

January 15, 2013 — John R. Platt
Darwin's Neon Golf Balls

Darwin's Neon Golf Balls

The beech orange, likely Cyttaria darwinii. These were sprouting near Ushuala in southern Argentina. Image courtesy Bruce Muller; used with permission.

January 15, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer
Does smoking pot lower your IQ?

Does smoking pot lower your IQ?

As marijuana is being legalized in Washington and Colorado states, its proliferation and use raise legitimate issues regarding its dose-dependent and long-term effects.

January 15, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Docs Frequently Fail to Sniff Out Boozers

Docs Frequently Fail to Sniff Out Boozers

Image courtesy of iStockphoto/chrisbrignell Height? Weight? Any changes in your health? Do you smoke? Simple screening in the doctor's office can help clinicians pick up on potential health problems.

January 15, 2013 — Katherine Harmon
ScienceOnline2012 interview with Chris Gunter

ScienceOnline2012 interview with Chris Gunter

Every year I ask some of the attendees of the ScienceOnline conferences to tell me (and my readers) more about themselves, their careers, current projects and their views on the use of the Web in science, science education or science communication.

January 15, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Setting Mathematics in Verse

Setting Mathematics in Verse

  Swirling Symmetry, mathematically-inspired art by Sandra DeLozier Coleman, who also writes mathematical poetry. This piece appeared in the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings art gallery.

January 15, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb
What Science Should We Fund? Questioning New Policy on H5N1 Gain-of-Function Research

What Science Should We Fund? Questioning New Policy on H5N1 Gain-of-Function Research

Terrence Tumpey, whose team reconstructed the extinct 1918 “Spanish Flu” virus. Cutting edge influenza research has generated controversy, with some claiming that the benefits of creating new (or resurrecting old) viruses are outweighed by the risks of an accidental or intentionally caused pandemic.

January 15, 2013 — Nicholas G. Evans
Virtually Speaking Science

Virtually Speaking Science

Tune in tomorrow (Wednesday, January 16th) at 6pm EST to Virtually Speaking Science, online radio show about science. Host Tom Levenson and I will spend an hour talking about...well, whatever Tom asks, but likely about ScienceOnline, science reporting and blogging, the new media ecosystem, science communication, and other topics Tom and I have been discussing online and offline for the past several years.

January 15, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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