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A New University of Minnesota Mystery-The Curious Departure of Mark Rotenberg

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke One month ago, Mike Howard, family friend of Dan Markingson, who committed suicide while participating in a clinical trial at the UMN, launched a petition requesting that Governor Mark Dayton launch an independent investigation of research misconduct in the university’s psychiatry department...

April 11, 2013 — Judy Stone

Exploration Nation: Day 3

Our team spent the day working with Dole working on one of the company's sustainable banana farms. While we have been plagued with rain and equipment problems, the Central American weather cooperated today and, after an hour of tech throw down, we acquired a satellite and went live for our daily broadcast...

April 11, 2013 — Pete Monfre

May the odds be ever in your favor: academic tenure

“ Excuse me; the whole tenure system is ridiculous. A guaranteed job for life only encourages the faculty to become complacent. If we really want science to advance, people should have chips implanted in their skulls that explode when they say something stupid.” Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory Between the recent ACUMEN (academic careers understood through measurement and norms) workshop and my searches for a post-doc, it seemed like an excellent time to look at one of the most important land marks in an academic’s career: the tenure...

April 11, 2013 — Hadas Shema

`We Are The Explorers': A Symphony Of NASA And Star Trek

NASA produces a lot of great visual material, including some slick inspirational videos. But as a federal agency it can't legally purchase air time to put this material in front of TV or movie-going audiences.Enter a crowdfunded effort to place 'We Are The Explorers' as a trailer to the upcoming Star Trek movie 'Into Darkness' on as many screens as possible...

April 11, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

"Time and Space, Space and Time"

  Time and Space, Space and Time. Tick: a life form emerges; Tock: a sun explodes; Tick: a galaxy is ripped apart; Tock: a star is formed. Our universe is absolutely amazing.

April 11, 2013 — Dana Hunter

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday T. Rex s roar, chemophobia, Margaret Thatcher Illusion, transparent brain, and more.

Today we have a new Video of the Week. Check it out.- Kyle Hill - The Animals Hiding in a T. Rex’s Roar - Dorea Reeser - Natural vs Synthetic Chemicals is a Gray Matter - Gary Stix - Blockheads No More: New Technology Creates the See-Through Brain and New Study: Neuroscience Research Gets an “F” for Reliability - Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L...

STAFFApril 10, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Mandelbulb

Video of the Week #87, April 10th, 2013: From: Meet the Mandelbulb by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics . Source : juanjgon on Vimeo Animated Mandelbulb from juanjgon on Vimeo...

April 10, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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