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#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Sequester, spiral-toothed shark, social octopus, blue marble, alcohol+caffeine, and more.

As usual on Wednesdays, we have the new Video of the Week.- Howard Bloom - Sequestration Shovels Money to the Russians - Tom Levenson - There Should Be Grandeur: Basic Science in the Shadow of the Sequester - Chris Arnade - Why It’s Smart to Be Reckless on Wall Street - Becky Crew - Prehistoric ghost shark Helicoprion’s spiral-toothed jaw explained - Katherine Harmon - Rare Social Octopuses Break All the (Mating) Rules [Video] - Elizabeth Aston - Scicurious Guest Writer!...

STAFFFebruary 27, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

A more realistic focus-stack

Why is this beetle so crisp?The clarity results from the image being not a single photograph but a composite. I took 50 exposures at different focal depths and merged them in a file sharp enough to cut diamonds.This extra-clean look is increasingly common, and for a reason...

February 27, 2013 — Alex Wild

Rare Social Octopuses Break All the (Mating) Rules [Video]

Of the hundreds of known octopus species, most are anti-social, practice safe sex (to avoid getting eaten by a mate) and lay just one clutch of eggs before dying.The poorly understood larger Pacific striped octopus, however, seems to break from these conventions: They are somewhat social, they mate face-to-face, and the females produce multiple batches of offspring.The octopus is so rare that science has yet to even give it a formal Latin name...

February 27, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

The SciArt Buzz: SciArt Happenings in March/April 2013

Oh, my. The more I look, the more I find. Get your sciart on, peeps!_____________ EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION Pulse: Art and MedicineFebruary 16 to April 13, 2013The Mansion at Strathmore10701 Rockville PikeNorth Bethesda, MDImagine the place where art, science and the human body intersect: that’s the idea behind Pulse: Art and Medicine, the fascinating exhibit that presents a multimedia investigation of medicine as an inspiration for new artworks and art forms.Germs as art?...

February 27, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Seeing the Blue Marble for the First Time

I've never really appreciated how lucky I am to have grown up with the blue marble. A poster of the earth floating in an endless black sea decorated the walls of my science classrooms since I was in elementary school...

February 27, 2013 — Hannah Waters

Travel Awards for College Students to attend Botanical Society Meetings

Undergraduate Diversity Travel Awards to Botanical Society of America MeetingsThe PLANTS program (funded by the National Science Foundation and Botanical Society of America) encourages the participation of undergraduates from underrepresented groups at the annual meetings of the BSA and affiliated organizations (this year in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 27-31, 2013)...

February 27, 2013 — DNLee

Sequestration Shovels Money to the Russians

A widespread opinion is that the sequestration—the blunt whack of $85 billion from the national government’s budget--was, as Marco Rubio (in an UPI story) puts it, “a dumb idea when it was created and it's a dumb idea now.” But the sequestration may be far dumber than most realize...

February 27, 2013 — Howard Bloom

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