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The official trailer for "The Unbelievers", a new film by Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss was released today (February 8, 2013). It begins with a question: Which is more important - to explain science or to destroy religion?
You may have already noticed it, over on the right-hand side, or on the PsiVid blog - the first in a series of monthly videos highlighting some of the most fascinating stories here at the Scientific American blog network.
When he was 30 years old, Louis Victor Leborgne lost the ability to speak—or speak in any matter that made any sort of sense. Upon being admitted to Bicêtre, a suburban Paris hospital that specialized in mental illness, he could utter only a single syllable: Tan.
Shibani Joshi, Fox News Business Reporter, explains on Fox & Friends the “dim future” of the U.S. solar industry: Her argument is that President Obama’s solar subsidies have failed to deliver green jobs.
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, looking at a recent survey. Surveys can provide us with powerful information on diet, poisonings, exercise habits.
Editor’s note: Researchers exploring Mars via rover and satellite have to adapt to the longer day on the Red Planet. Katie Worth, whose Can Earthlings Adapt to the Longer Day on Mars?
The other day I gave you a quick update on various projects and events, including the update on Science Studio - the multimedia version of Open Laboratory project.
Brown eggs and ham: Colorblind children encounter unseen challenges in the classroom by Joss Fong: As a kindergartner at Green Acres Elementary in Lebanon, Ore., William Jeffrey Harding failed a scholastic aptitude test and was placed in special education.
So you thought the nuttiest thing we did in North Carolina this week was appoint a director of child development and early education who was against … um, early education.What’s wrong with you: have you never heard of North Carolina before?
Just wanted to give a quick heads up to those of you who follow on the blog but not on Twitter or Facebook (personal, blog) that Chris Chambers and I have a piece in the Guardian today responding to the recent pseudoscience on why more girls don't pursue science in places like the US and UK: "Pseudoscience and stereotyping won't solve gender inequality in science." Many thanks to Ed Yong for hooking up Chris and me, and to Chris for graciously inviting me to write with him.
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