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- David Ropeik - The Messy (and Risky) Ways That Governments Try to Manage Risks - Christina Agapakis - The Taxonomy of Wonder - Janet D. Stemwedel - The challenges of objectivity: lessons from anatomy. - Krystal D'Costa - Modern Lessons From a Lost Language - Katie Worth - Step into the Twilight Zone: Day 29, or God in Outer Space - Evelyn Lamb - Having Fun with the 4-Color Theorem - Hannah Waters - A Museum Chapel for Microscopic Biodiversity - Ashutosh Jogalekar - Why it’s hard to explain drug discovery to physicists - Scott Huler - Reign of Error, Part Whatever - Joanne Manaster - 3D Printing Promises to Change Everything - John R...

STAFFMarch 1, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

3D Printing Promises to Change Everything

3D printing is hot right now. The promises of customization and its potential to disrupt the market are of great interest. It's being exploited by scientists to help them print lab supplies at a reduced costs, because as anyone who has worked in a lab knows, some small specialized pieces of plastic can be ridiculously expensive...

March 1, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

Physics Week in Review: March 1, 2013

There was a lot going on in the physics corners of the Internet this week, including one of the finest examples of spontaneous public communication of science in the wild that I've seen in recent months.Remember when baseball superstar Jose Canseco took to Twitter to lay out his theory for why dinosaurs were big and launched a tsunami of rather mean-spirited snark?...

March 1, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Reign of Error, Part Whatever

You've heard us regularly crying for help here in North Carolina as our legislature has tried to turn science on its head. So, committed to keeping you posted, we here at the Plugged In Reign of Error desk thought you'd want to know what's up.For a moment, anyhow, our governor and his vetoproof Republican majorities in the state house and senate had stopped assaulting science outright...

March 1, 2013 — Scott Huler

Why it's hard to explain drug discovery to physicists

I minored in physics in college, and ever since then I have had a lively interest in the subject and its history. Although initially trained as an organic chemist, part of the reason I decided to study computational and theoretical chemistry is because of their connections to physics by way of quantum chemistry, electrostatics and statistical thermodynamics...

March 1, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Do Music Lessons Make You Smarter?

Practice makes progress, if not perfection, for most things in life. Generally, practicing a skill—be it basketball, chess or the tuba—mostly makes you better at whatever it was you practiced...

March 1, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren

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