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NYPD Testing Airflow in Subways as a Precaution against Possible Terror Attacks

This summer, New York City will witness what might be called an airborne non -toxic event, to corrupt a term coined in Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel White Noise .Over three days in July, the New York Police Department and scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., will release small amounts of a harmless, colorless gas in the subways and on the streets to trace its flow through the city, both above and below the surface...

April 24, 2013 — John Matson

Mathy Ladies to Follow on Twitter

Image: Design Shack In the current issue of the Association for Women in Mathematics newsletter (password required), Anne Carlill asks where the female mathematicians are on Twitter: "I found that the only female mathematicians or math educators I followed were Nalini Joshi in Sydney and Fawn Nguyen in California...

April 24, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Mash-Up This! Science Communication's Image Problem

The promised Information Economy based on creative culture is a sweatshop.Award winning illustrators, fine artists, photographers, cartoonists and animators are routinely ripped off, mashed-up, and reshared without attribution, let alone money...

April 24, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Gumball Science

"The Happy Show" is the result of edgy Austrian design artist Stefan Sagmeister's fascination with the psychology of happiness. Known for designing album covers for recording artists like Lou Reed, the Talking Heads, and the Rolling Stones, Sagmeister took a one-year sabbatical from his regular commercial design work in 2000 to launch an informal investigation of the components of happiness...

April 24, 2013 — Jenna Finwall Ryan

Unexpected Risks of Intelligent Infrastructure

In 1999 a technology manager called Kevin Ashton coined the phrase “The Internet of Things”. It was to convey the fact that not everything connected to the Internet generates data via humans tapping on keyboards...

April 24, 2013 — Alan Woodward

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