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What Will Steven Chu's Energy Legacy Be?

Steven Chu will step down as Secretary of Energy at the end of this month, though he "may stay beyond that time so that I can leave the Department in the hands of the new Secretary," he wrote in a farewell letter to Department of Energy (DoE) staff, issued February 1.

February 1, 2013 — David Biello

Khalil s Picks (1 February 2013)

I’m currently at ScienceOnline 2013 (yay!) which means that I’m doing more talking than reading (and writing). My picks this week are few so if you’ve read something from up-and-coming science writers which I failed to pick up here, do leave a link in the comment section below.

STAFFFebruary 1, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Step into the Twilight Zone: Day 1

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?

February 1, 2013 — Katie Worth

Students with Autism Gravitate Toward STEM Majors

Invited Guest Post by Marissa Fessenden (@marisfessenden) U.S. business and policy leaders have made it a priority to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM.

February 1, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

Friday Weird Science: Sperm trading

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a hermaphroditic flatworm in possession of its own sperm, rarely runs short of sperm, and thus must be in want of another hermaphrodite of suitable quality to inseminate."-Jane Austen, if she had studied flatworms Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, talking about how flatworms trade sperm.

February 1, 2013 — Scicurious

Yaks Are Returning to Tibet, but Does Climate Change Pose Further Risks?

Wild yaks are coming back to at least one area of Tibet after a long period of overhunting, but the future for the species is yet unknown as their periglacial habitat melts because of climate change.Wild yaks ( Bos mutus ) are among Asia's largest mammals, second only to elephants and rhinos, and are especially adapted to high-altitude regions.

February 1, 2013 — John R. Platt

Kermadec Trench: Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle

Today saw retrieval of the two landers and fish trap from depths of 5000-5500m. This is still on the abyssal plain between the Kermadec Ridge and Kermadec Trench, but is starting to become a steeper slope as depths drop away towards the Trench.

February 1, 2013 — Malcolm Clark

The Carnival of Evolution: World Travel Edition!

Welcome to the 56th edition of the Carnival of Evolution.I haven't been on holiday for a while, so for this issue I thought I'd take a trip around the world, looking in on all the exciting research and work being done in the field of evolution.

February 1, 2013 — S.E. Gould

Amoxicillin-Humdrum? Or Miraculous?

Busy primary care doctors, especially those who see children, prescribe it ten times a day, sometimes more. For over thirty years it's been our old steady friend, our go-to medication for bacterial ear infections, pneumonia, strep throat, and sinusitis.

February 1, 2013 — Lawrence Rifkin

A Survivor's Tale: "Half the mountain exploding over our heads"

One thing I love about blogging is hearing from readers, especially readers who have intriguing tales to tell. A bit ago, Timo5150 left a tantalizing clue that one such tale might prove extra-intriguing: I was living just outside Randle Washington when it erupted, 20.2 miles from it.

February 1, 2013 — Dana Hunter

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