A landmark meeting in 1987 promised that high-temperature superconductors would change the world. No one realized how long it would take
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My father was one of those who worked feverishly behind the scenes 50 years ago to get astronauts safely to the moon and back
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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!...
Just before any predictable disaster hits, it’s almost impossible to take even a medium term view. With the sequester bearing down on us in a couple of days, identifying the immediate consequences is terrifying enough...
...as long as you're part of an older, married couple with amazing mechanical skills, great long term resilience, and relaxed attitude towards being exposed to high levels of radiation.
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...
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...
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?...
One of the perpetual challenges in my career as a modeler of biochemical systems has been the need to balance accuracy with reliability. This paradox is not as strange as it seems.
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...
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)...
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...
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