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Best of the Blogs Video

'Best of the Blogs' is a monthly video series that highlights some of the most fascinating stories from the Scientific American blog network. Every month, Carin Bondar chooses a few of the blog posts that were published over the course of the month, has the bloggers record a brief narration, and meshes it all up into a fascinating mix of stories, images and video...

March 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Bora's Picks (March 8th, 2013)

Another amazingly plentiful week. Enjoy the weekend! A Plague of Locusts Descends Upon the Holy Land, Just in Time for Passover by Rachel Nuwer: Locusts have plagued farmers for millennia...

STAFFMarch 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

"Chemical" Is Not a Bad Word

Say it out loud, "chem-i-cal". It flows well, and it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? What does this word mean? You'd be surprised by most definitions.

March 8, 2013 — Dorea Reeser

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Glia smarts, sirtuins, Daylight Saving Time, Karst and Sinkholes, Lake Vostok, and more.

Today we have the brand new Video of the Week!- R. Douglas Fields - Human Brain Cells Make Mice Smart - Cory Simon - Post-Combustion CO2 Capture to Mitigate Climate Change: Separation Costs Energy - David Stipp - Thinning the Fog around Sirtuins - Bora Zivkovic - Let’s Not Spring Forward. - Dana Hunter - Living (and Sometimes Dying) with Karst - David Bressan - Down the Rabbit Hole - Caleb A...

STAFFMarch 7, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Signs Of Life From Lake Vostok

Deep in the Antarctic (Credit: NSF) Recent efforts to extract a water sample from the ancient sub-surface Antarctic Lake Vostok seem to be yielding some promising results.

March 7, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Thrifty Thursday: The Ant and the Watery Lens

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [iPhone 4S - $336; water droplet - free]One year ago I posted a short note describing how to turn your cell phone into a microscope using a droplet of water .I haven't used the technique much since, but this afternoon I turned on the faucet, grabbed an ant, and captured this macro shot of the insect as she rested on a backlit leaf...

March 7, 2013 — Alex Wild

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