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IBM Movie Does Claymation, at the Atomic Scale [Video]

What is the “final frontier”? Star Trek fans will tell you it’s space. Filmmaker/aquanaut James Cameron will tell you it’s the ocean’s depths. IBM, however, is thinking much smaller.The company’s research division on Wednesday released a stop-motion movie whose main character is a stick figure only a few atoms in size...

May 1, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

6 things dogs have in common with Susan Sontag

Since I’m still working out the difference between “procrastination” and “following leads,” I’ll tell you about a recent encounter with Susan Sontag and dogs.As a frequenter of Brain Pickings, an “online discovery engine.....

April 30, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Jetpack Rocket Science - With Derek Muller

The fantastic Derek Muller (aka Veritasium) has a fantastic new video about the physics behind jetpack rocket science. Newton's third law tells us that this should be fairly simple, but is it simple to demonstrate?...

April 30, 2013 — Carin Bondar

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - cockroaches, #scicomm, #TEDMED, #spaceape, petroleum replica, WWW anniversary, and more.

- Craig McClain - Where There’s Heat, There Are Cockroaches - Donald Boesch - Science communication both an opportunity and an obligation. - Judy Stone - From Tel Aviv to Boston Bombings: Connections at TEDMED - Darren Naish - The confusing diplospondylous tupilakosaurids - Christina Agapakis - Petroleum Replicas - Kelly Oakes - Happy 20th Birthday to the free, open web! - Khalil A...

STAFFApril 30, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

A new molecular brain pathway may cause obesity

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Table_setting-01.jpg We’ve known for some time that leptin hormone deficiency leads to obesity. Your bodily fat releases leptin after you eat, which then travels in the blood stream to the brain to signal the end of hunger...

April 30, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Science communication both an opportunity and an obligation.

In the 1980s I was working in the middle of nowhere to build Louisiana’s first marine laboratory. We had two new research vessels in the works, but before they were in the water, my colleagues and I were working farther offshore in the Gulf of Mexico than we should have, in small boats on unpredictable seas...

April 30, 2013 — Donald Boesch

Hazy Day in the Cretaceous

Sometimes we just have to put up an image because it calms everything down.This beautiful Protoceratops digital speed painting by scientific illustrator and concept artist Ville Sinkkonen evokes quiet contemplation outdoors...

April 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Space Ape Parody Shows Why Aquatic Ape Theory Is All Wet

This past weekend the misguided aquatic ape theory surfaced for air, only to get sunk in the most entertaining way. The theory holds that many traits of humans—including our naked skin, upright posture and large brains--evolved as adaptations to living in an aquatic environment...

April 30, 2013 — Kate Wong

Some protist-y art

For me, the second more relaxing activity after microscopy is vector art. And then regular art. (This excludes non-activities, such as napping in the sun, and staring at life passing by...

April 30, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

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