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The beauty of sewage

Microbiologists might comprise the vast majority of people who get excited about sewage and other putrid-smelling places. A sample of activated sludge or a treatment pond make wonderful presents for bacteriologists and protistologists alike.

January 31, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Housekeeping note on comments

Over the past month or so, I've been pleased to see the number of comments grow on my posts. I want my posts to spark discussion, because I don't have all the answers when I write an article.

January 31, 2013 — David Wogan

Born-Again Textbooks

I push my way through the dense crowd, bumping and nudging and apologizing as I move. When I finally emerge from the gaggle of fans, there he is, sitting quietly in a corner chair at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

January 31, 2013 — Megan Scudellari

Kermadec Trench: The deep-water womble

Ah, I forgot what a joy it is to be on the Kaharoa, a veritable floating bowl of jokes. It is days like today when all the months of preparation and the long hours on deck really pay off.We brought in all three landers this morning; the abyssal lander from 4000 meters, the fish trap from 4250 meters and the hadal-lander from 4500 meters.The video footage was fantastic.

January 31, 2013 — Alan Jamieson

New Zealand Farmer Helps Save Rare Penguin from Extinction

One of the world's smallest penguins has nearly doubled the size of its population in the past decade and much of the credit is due to the farmer who owns the land where many of the penguins breed.White-flippered penguins ( Eudyptula albosignata ), also known as korora, are endemic to the Canterbury region of New Zealand, where the birds have just two major breeding sites, remote Motunau Island and the volcanic headlands of the Banks Peninsula.

January 30, 2013 — John R. Platt

Fuel Cell Vehicles Coming Off the Bench? Maybe. Maybe Not.

Fuel cell vehicles are back in the news this week with the announcement of a new innovation partnership. According to the three auto-manufacturing heavyweights involved - Daimler, Ford, and Renault-Nissan - this new collaborative partnership approach will allow the industry to bring fuel cell vehicles to driveways around the world.

January 30, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

SciArt at ScienceOnline 2013 - the Digital Gallery

This marks the 2nd annual ScienceArt Gallery at ScienceOnline - this year featuring talent from the attendees themselves!There are more talented illustrators, comic artists, photographers and visual people than these attending - and since both Kalliopi and myself are in NC we'll see ho else we can profile here on Symbiartic.With apologies to Jason G.

January 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

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