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The Life Engineers: Prometheus Asks, Is a Culture as Stupid as Ours Ready to Create New Life?

Pinning down exactly what Ridley Scott's larger-than-life Prometheus means may be impossible. But it's safe to say that the movie - the 3-D quasi-prequel to Scott's seminal technoscience-horror fable, Alien - is self-consciously a myth for our scientific era.Prometheus opens over the shoulder of an alabaster figure on the edge of a prehistoric waterfall...

July 2, 2012 — Daniel Grushkin and Wythe Marschall

Open Laboratory 2013 - submissions so far

It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries...

STAFFJuly 2, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Social Media for Scientists Part 6: The Wiki

I just returned from a wonderful week in Washington DC, where I gave workshops on social networking to scientists at the Fourth Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE)...

July 1, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Best of June at A Blog Around The Clock

I posted only 11 times in June. That is, on A Blog Around The Clock only (not counting the posts on The Network Central, The SA Incubator, Video of the Week, Image of the Week, or editing Guest Blog and Expeditions)...

July 1, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Heat Waves and Water Use Go Hand-in-Hand

With excessive heat spreading across the country, people are seeking relief by retreating indoors, turning up the AC, and staying well hydrated. In many parts of the country, particularly the Southeast and Southwest, the heat is exacerbated by ongoing drought, which means water is on everyone's mind and is being used at increased rates.It's common during extended periods of hot and dry weather, like we're experiencing now, for water use to increase, emailed Nancy Barber, Hydrologist with USGS Georgia Water Science Center.Most noticeable, explained Barber, is the increased demand for electricity for air conditioning, which means more water use at thermoelectric power plants – an amount that's already high...

June 30, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

A Contemplation of Chattering Minds

On Friday I read a post by novelist and essayist Tim Parks on the New York Review of Books blog. Parks argues that the most memorable character in novels of the twentieth century is "the chattering mind, which usually means the mind that can’t make up its mind, the mind postponing action in indecision and, if we’re lucky, poetry."Although I enjoyed Parks's post overall, I take issue with aspects of his analysis...

STAFFJune 30, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

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