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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 #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

A Family's Struggle: Heroin, a Life Saga

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

March 9, 2013 — Cassie Rodenberg

#SciAmBlogs Friday - Chemophobia, Horse Meat, Animating Anthropomorphism, Meditation, Twilight Zone, and more.

- Dorea Reeser - “Chemical” Is Not a Bad Word  - Jason G. Goldman - Animating Anthropomorphism: Giving Minds To Geometric Shapes [Video]  - Mary Karmelek - A Horse Is a Horse, of Course, of (Main) Course  - Katie Worth - Stepping into the Twilight Zone: Day 33, or, Curiosity Killed by a Cosmic Ray  - Scott Huler - North Carolina Citizens Are Not the Problem  - John Horgan - Research on TM and Other Forms of Meditation Stinks  - Alex Wild - A Fake Makes it to the Smithsonian’s Photo Contest Finalists  - Bora Zivkovic - Bora’s Picks (March 8th, 2013)  - Bora Zivkovic - Best of the Blogs Video  - Jennifer Frazer - Nematodes on Best of the Blogs, and an Interview with Woese =======================Conversations on our articles and blog posts often continue on our Facebook page - "Like" it and join in the discussion.

STAFFMarch 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

North Carolina Citizens Are Not the Problem

I've complained a lot in this space about North Carolina's state legislature and governor fighting against science, and unless something drastically changes I probably will continue to do so.

March 8, 2013 — Scott Huler

A Horse Is a Horse, of Course, of (Main) Course

Let’s talk about horses. With news of Europe’s horse meat scandal grabbing headlines last month, it’s hard not to have equine on the mind. In 1875 Scientific American published an article, “Shall We Eat the Horse?” hypothesizing the economic benefits of consuming horse meat in the U.S.

STAFFMarch 8, 2013 — Mary Karmelek

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