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Plant Life Floods Earth's Atmosphere

A new study estimates that 80 to 90 percent of the atmospheric water vapor originating from Earth's continents comes from plant transpiration rather than simple physical evaporation.

April 23, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Wait, Electricity Isn't Harmful To Health?

Sometimes, the list of things to be paranoid about feels endless: BPA in your water bottles, pesticides on your food, prescription drugs in your drinking water, and nanotechnology in your donuts...

April 23, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

The Storytelling of Science

On March 20 th , we attended a surprising event at the recently Arizona State University Origins Project ( @asuORIGINS , Facebook /ASUOriginsProject , origins.project@asu.edu ) directed by Lawrence Krauss...

April 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

#SciAmBlogs Monday - Earth Day, Fred Flintstone, Dinosaurs' exaggerated structures, Serial Creators, Car Ownership, and more.

As usual on Mondays, we have a brand new Image of the Week - check it out!- Kyle Hill - The Physics of Fred Flintstone’s Flaming Feet - Larry Brilliant and William Foege - Lessons from Smallpox Guide Polio Endgame - Ben Thomas - Oliver Sacks Shares Tales of Musical Hallucinations - Darren Naish - Dinosaurs and their ‘exaggerated structures’: species recognition aids, or sexual display devices? - Scicurious - To Calm a Rat with Tickling - Scott Barry Kaufman - Profiling Serial Creators - Krystal D'Costa - Choice, Control, Freedom and Car Ownership - Christina Agapakis - The Structure of Industrial Revolutions - Jennifer Ouellette - An-Ti-Ci-Pa-Tion: The Physics of Dripping Honey and Physics Week in Review: April 20, 2013 - Becky Crew - Bluebelly Night Wanderer Found in Brazilian Blackwater - Lucas Brouwers - How genetic plunder transformed a microbe into a pink, salt-loving scavenger - Samuel Jones - Bush-crow diaries: The mystery of the Abyssinian Pie - Maureen McCarthy - Chimps in Uganda: Uganda’s Other Great Apes - Psi Wavefunction - Alien-looking termite gut denizens at the SF Exploratorium! - David Bressan - Mother Earth - Dana Hunter - Happy Earth Day! - John R...

STAFFApril 22, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Mushroom Men

Image of the Week #88, April 22th, 2013: From: It Is in Our Nature to Be Self-Deficient by Jag Bhalla at the Guest Blog .

April 22, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

The Leiden University Ranking

The new Leiden Ranking (LR) has just been published, and I would like to talk a bit about its indicators, what it represents and equally important - what it doesn’t represent.

April 22, 2013 — Hadas Shema

Mother Earth

Fig.1. "Mother Earth", the nourisher of all things, from the alchemistic work "Atalanta fugiens" (1618) by Michael Maier (image in public domain).

April 22, 2013 — David Bressan

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