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In Search of the Sea Snake

In October 1845 British geologist Charles Lyell was visiting Boston, when he noted an advertisement proclaiming that a "Dr." Albert C. Koch would exhibit the 114-foot-long skeleton of " that colossal and terrible reptile the sea serpent " to the paying public...

April 8, 2013 — David Bressan

Iron Man s Top 10 Heavy Metal Moments Reflections on the First 50 Years of Scientific R&D from Stark Industries

At the risk of stating the obvious, a key component of Iron Man’s mythology is the suit of armor. And all the science and engineering research and development that Tony Stark has poured into that suit—and related technology—through Stark Industries.With the next Marvel Studies movie (“Iron Man 3”) coming up in May, I thought this was a good time to reflect back on the Armored Avenger and some of the key moments in his last half century of life...

April 8, 2013 — E. Paul Zehr

Victorian Wallpaper in Your Lungs

No William Morris didn't design this 18th century simulacrum - it's "a microscopic image of lung surfactant, a lipid-protein material that aids in respiration by reducing the amount of energy needed"...

April 8, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Voyager's Exit To The Stars...In 17,000 Years

Recent debates over whether or not the Voyager 1 spacecraft has 'left the solar system' typically leave out some critical details. The limits of the Sun's particle radiation is not the physical edge of the contents of the solar system, but it is the point of changeover to the exceedingly tenuous atmosphere of matter and magnetic fields that fills the space between the stars in our galaxy.It's been a hot topic recently because the Voyager 1 spacecraft, after 36 years of cruising away from us, now seems to be passing through a zone described as the 'magnetic highway', where the Sun's magnetic field lines connect to those pervading interstellar space in our galaxy...

April 8, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Bermuda Bluebirds Aren't Native: They Moved In 400 Years Ago

The eastern bluebird ( Sialia sialis ) has lived in Bermuda as long as recent human memory can recall. It's considered a native species, and some people even consider the population to be a subspecies--the Bermuda bluebird ( Sialia sialis bermudensis )--because it looks a bit different from its mainland counterparts: its blue is a little more purple, and its orange is a bit more "cinnamon," according to a 1901 account by zoologist (and science fiction writer) Alpheus Hyatt Verrill (Volume V, Number 6).However, the idea that these birds are native to the island is reliant upon a rather unreliable source: human observation...

April 8, 2013 — Hannah Waters

Exploration Nation: Expedition Central America

Live video for mobile from UstreamIn two days I leave with a team of three middle school kids, three Special Forces veterans, four international surgeons and a motley film crew to embark on a 12 day series of scientific explorations culminating in deploying a mobile medical facility for the Rama Indians deep in the heart of Nicaragua’s Indio Maiz Biological Reserve.Follow our three kid explorers (Enzo, Emma and Haley) as they work side by side with experts to uncover the secrets of how innovation improves lives and sustains communities...

April 8, 2013 — Pete Monfre

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