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Introducing: Shannon Palus

This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They – at least some of them – have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public...

STAFFApril 9, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

The Clock Is Ticking: Spring Forward for Lyme Disease

Every Spring, my wife exhibits bouts of delusional parasitosis. She starts to feel itchy. She imagines insects crawling over her skin. She demands immediate inspection of hard to reach parts of her body and she subjects our children to rigorous head-to-toe inspections at bedtime.Her symptoms are brought on not by any of the typical causes of delusional parasitosis...

April 9, 2013 — Charles Crookenden

Add Your Face to Climate Change

Want your image to appear worldwide on Earth Day this April 22? The Earth Day Network has launched a photomosaic Web site depicting “the face of climate change.” The site is accumulating photos that reflect society’s concerns about our planet...

April 8, 2013 — Mark Fischetti

#SciAmBlogs Monday Iron Man, BRAIN, Synchrotron, Bermuda Bluebirds, Mandelbulb, Voyager, and more.

- E. Paul Zehr - Iron Man’s Top 10 Heavy Metal Moments—Reflections on the First 50 Years of Scientific R&D from Stark Industries - Bob Grumman - M@h*(pOet)?ica–Mathekphrastic Poetry - Scicurious - The BRAIN Initiative: BAM or BUST? - Kimberly Parker - Synchrotron Project Brings Together Unlikely Partners in Middle East - David Bressan - In Search of… the Sea Snake - Glendon Mellow - Victorian Wallpaper in Your Lungs - Scott Barry Kaufman - Learning Strategies Outperform IQ in Predicting Achievement - Caleb A...

STAFFApril 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Meet the Mandelbulb

Fans of British fantasy author Piers Anthony's Mode series may recall that the second book, Fractal Mode , speaks of a strange world that represents a perfect three-dimensional model of the famous (to mathematicians, anyway) Mandelbrot Set -- a stunning geometrical shape that results when you take a particular equation and apply it to a number, and then to the result, and then to each subsequent result after, ad infinitum .I've written about chaos and fractal patterns before, most notably in the work of painter Jackson Pollock...

April 8, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

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