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Cyanobacteria meet again

A free-living cyanobacterium (above) lies next to its brethren from a distant past, now a chloroplast coiled up and trapped (for good) within a eukaryotic cell (bottom).

February 25, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Love is Relative: An Evening with Einstein's Girl

The lights dim in the Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge, a longstanding venue for cabaret in Los Angeles, as singer/actress Gia Mora takes the stage. Clad in a slinky cocktail dress, her auburn hair pulled back and augmented with a fetching fall, she launches right into her first number.

February 25, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Neuroquotes of the Month...Maybe the Year

Christof Koch Christof Koch, a columnist for Scientific American MIND, a professor at the California Institute of Technology and the chief scientific officer for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, has the best characterization that I've ever seen of futurist Ray Kurzweil's speculations about the imminent merger of mind with machine and the domination of cyborgs.This is the kind of thing that should normally be confined to Tweetland, but Koch's prose, from his review of Kurzweil's new book "How to Create a Mind" for the Feb.

STAFFFebruary 25, 2013 — Gary Stix

The Wilder Side of Sex

My latest piece for BBC Future is now up, and it focuses on how the things we may think of as odd, gross, or strange when it comes to human sexual practices are perhaps entirely normal for other species.

February 25, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Imagine Science Films Unveils the Fly Room Project

IMAGINE SCIENCE FILMS UNVEILS THE FLY ROOM PROJECT:A NEW EXHIBIT AND FEATURE PRODUCTION ABOUT THE BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN GENETICS by Alexis Gambis(writer-director of The Fly Room Project, founder of Imagine Science Films)The Fly Room Project is the latest Imagine Science Films initiative.

February 25, 2013 — Carin Bondar

SciArt on Google+

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February 25, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Big Neuroscience: Billions and Billions (Maybe) to Unravel Mysteries of the Brain

The Human Brain Project intends to create a computer simulation at scales ranging from the nano to the macro. The era of Big Neuroscience has arrived.In late January, The Human Brain Project—an attempt to create a computer simulation of the brain at every scale from the nano nano to the macro biotic—announced that it had successfully arranged a billion Euro funding package for a 10-year run.And then on Feb.

STAFFFebruary 25, 2013 — Gary Stix

The Fastest Spacecraft Ever?

Who's the fastest of them all? (Credit: NASA) Of all the spacecraft humans have launched, there have been some impressively fast movers. But which holds the record?It's not an entirely idle question.

February 25, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

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