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Why It's Better to Text Than Call in a Mass Emergency

Today at BoingBoing, Maggie Koerth-Baker has a fascinating Q&A with communications engineer and entrepreneur Brough Turner about how mobile-phone networks respond to sudden spikes in call volume, as occurred April 15 in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings...

April 17, 2013 — John Matson

Who Needs a Paintbrush When You Can Use a Dead Fish?

James Prosek is a person who continually challenges the neat categories we create to delineate where one discipline ends and another begins. In his own words: I want to be able to be a writer and a painter and an illustrator and a sculptor and not have to be confined by the taxonomies of art making or of literature.....

April 17, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

A happy nucleus

This Mayorella 's (?) nucleus is smiling and wishing you a very happy day =) The auspicious pattern is formed by heterochromatin clumps. To the right of the nucleus is a contractile vacuole -- devoid of any emotion this time...

April 17, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Supervolcanoes in the Ancient World

Supervolcanoes are volcanic eruptions thousands of times more powerful than normal volcanic eruptions. These types of eruptions cause significant local ecological disturbances and have profound effects on global climate...

April 17, 2013 — Cadell Last

New Skin-Feeding Amphibian Found in French Guiana

A new species of skin-feeding amphibian has been discovered in French Guiana. Named Microcaecilia dermatophaga , it joins just three other caecilian species whose young have been observed to regularly feed on their mother's skin.Amphibians can be pretty good parents, committing themselves to various guarding, transporting and feeding behaviours to foster their offspring...

April 17, 2013 — Becky Crew

The Limits of the Earth, Part 1: Problems

This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against...

April 17, 2013 — Ramez Naam

The Mosaic of Human Origins

New research challenges the story of human evolution, revealing a more complex picture than anyone imagined.Studying the bones of our ancestors does more than connect past with present...

April 17, 2013 — Eric Michael Johnson

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