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It's time to accept the facts about climate change and move on

It's time to accept the facts about climate change and move on

A temperature forecast map of Australia features a brand new color scale to accommodate rising temperatures. Unfortunately, climate change has become a political issue that is too often distilled down and divided into ideological camps.

January 13, 2013 — David Wogan
Turkeys vs peafowl, the great debate

Turkeys vs peafowl, the great debate

  Photo by Darren Naish.   Galliforms – gamebirds – are among the most spectacularly flamboyant of birds; the males of many lineages are provided with an abundance of elaborate display structures.

January 13, 2013 — Darren Naish
On the uselessness of nuclear weapons

On the uselessness of nuclear weapons

The mushroom cloud over Nagasaki (Image: Commons) Two foundational beliefs have colored our views of nuclear weapons since the end of World War 2; one, that they were essential or at least very significant for ending the war, and two, that they have been and will continue to be linchpins of deterrence.

January 13, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Toxic Little Molecules

Toxic Little Molecules

There are various different ways that pathogenic bacteria can damage and kill human cells, but one of the most common is by the production of toxic molecules.

January 13, 2013 — S.E. Gould
Why the NYTimes "Green Blog" Is Now Essential

Why the NYTimes "Green Blog" Is Now Essential

A few days ago we woke up to the news that the New York Times is eliminating their environment desk. Predictably, the immediate reaction of many was "oh, noooo!".

January 13, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
The Future of Computers

The Future of Computers

With much progress being made in nanotechnology, the future of computers has two directions: nanotechnology and cells. Nanotechnology is the engineering of a system at the molecular scale.

January 13, 2013 — Ashley Tucker
M@h*(pOet)?ica Circles, Part 3

M@h*(pOet)?ica Circles, Part 3

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.

January 12, 2013 — Bob Grumman
Archaea Are More Wonderful Than You Know

Archaea Are More Wonderful Than You Know

Thermococcus gammatolerans -- a flagellate archaeon that thrives in hot, oxygen-starved waters. Note the tuft of flagella. This microbe lives in water hotter than about 160F.

January 12, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer
Knotty Fun at the Joint Math Meetings

Knotty Fun at the Joint Math Meetings

Mathematicians attempting to untangle a human knot at a knot "flash mob" on January 11, 2013 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Image: American Mathematical Society Anyone with necklaces or lace-up shoes has some first-hand experience with knots, but believe it or not (knot?), there is an entire mathematical discipline dedicated to studying knots and some closely related concepts.

January 12, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

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