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Nanopillars and a Disinfected World

The microbial world is ever-present and unrelenting. The enormity of it is hard to fathom, with facts like ‘there are 10 bacterial cells living in or on you for every one cell that is you’ and ‘estimates suggest there are five million trillion trillion bacteria on this planet’, that’s hard to predict, it may be plus or minus a few...

March 15, 2013 — James Byrne

Obama to Announce $2-Billion Plan to Get U.S. Cars off Gasoline

This afternoon, President Barack Obama will ask Congress to direct our cars, trucks and buses to a realm that doesn’t include gas stations. During a visit to Argonne National Laboratory, he will call for $2-billion energy security trust fund dedicated to research to boost automobile efficiency, enhance battery technology and expand the use of biofuels, among other clean-energy efforts...

March 15, 2013 — Philip Yam

Penn & Teller's Cups-and-Balls Magic Trick

Ed. Note: Elements of this article first appeared in our book, Sleights of Mind, and a press release about our research article published in PeerJ. Video: Teller--Stuck ball experimental condition"Cups and Balls," a magic illusion in which balls appear and disappear under the cover of cups, is one of the oldest magic tricks in history, with documented descriptions going back to Roman conjurors in 3 B.C...

March 14, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

February Best of the Blogs

Video of the Week #83, March 14th, 2013: From: Best of the Blogs Video by Bora Zivkovic at A Blog Around The Clock . Source: Carin Bondar on the Scientific American YouTube Channel 'Best of the Blogs' is a monthly video series that highlights some of the most fascinating stories from the Scientific American blog network...

March 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Alien planet's atmosphere contains water and carbon monoxide

Astronomers have found water vapour and carbon monoxide, but no methane, in the atmosphere of an alien planet orbiting a star 129 light years away.The star, known as HR 8799, is at the centre of the first planetary system beyond our solar system to be imaged directly, in 2008...

March 14, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

I'm Not Celebrating Pi Day This Year

  A variety of pies celebrating the number pi. Source: flickr/djwtwo. On the one hand, I like Pi Day because I get to eat pizza and/or pie, and I like things that get people excited about math, but on the other hand, I'm an adult, and I get to eat pizza and/or pie whenever I want, Pi Day or no...

March 14, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

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