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A Jupiter Carousel: Hotspots Ride The Wave

Jupiter seen by Cassini (NASA) New analysis of data taken by the Cassini mission during its encounter with Jupiter in 2000 reveal that exceptionally clear atmospheric 'hotspots' effectively ride up and down in the Jovian skies as they are formed by what's known as a Rossby wave - a phenomenon familiar to us here on Earth.The authors of the study have produced such an excellent video explaining all of this that it's all you need to look at (really, it's that good)...

March 15, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Then, and Now

I started photographing insects about 10 years ago. Here's a shot from the beginning:And a congener, from this week:Aside from the obvious improvements to technology, what has changed?

March 15, 2013 — Alex Wild

Science Seeker Awards update

There are just a few weeks left to nominate posts for the inaugural Science Seeker Awards.In case you don't remember how to nominate a post, it's really simple: just find that post’s entry on Science Seeker (hint: use the filters and search box on the right sidebar), and click the little trophy icon...

STAFFMarch 15, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Khalil s Picks (15 March 2013)

Brain pictures aren’t very helpful after all, Big Pharma’s trying to give the impression that it’s becoming more transparent, scientists’ crazy thoughts, possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, Paris syndrome...

STAFFMarch 15, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Laikipia Plateau: Mesocarnivore Update

Mesocarnivore trapping has kept me extremely busy for the last couple of weeks, but the results have been encouraging. So far I’ve had very heartening trap success rates (especially considering that I’m sampling carnivores, which usually yield notoriously low sample sizes).The cast of characters so far includes white-tailed mongoose ( Ichneumia albicauda ), slender mongoose ( Galerella sanguinea ), black-backed jackals ( Canis mesomelas ), and both common and blotched genets ( Genetta genetta and G...

March 15, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

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

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