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Intelligent Life in the Universe and Steve Jobs

Intelligent Life in the Universe and Steve Jobs

[Every so often Life, Unbounded allows itself a little more speculative leeway, a little bit of armchair musing, this post is very much in that vein, and yes, it was written on a Mac] Exhibit A Like many scientists of my generation the first time I experienced Steve Jobs was through the almost magical interaction with a mouse, a crisply black and white screen, and Mathematica.As a budding astronomer back in the early 1990's most of my computational needs were taken care of by a hulking great machine called a VAX.

October 26, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
What Makes a Rabbit's Foot Lucky?

What Makes a Rabbit's Foot Lucky?

Ed note: As Halloween rapidly approaches in the US, AiP will be exploring superstitions, beliefs, and the things that go bump in the night. [Evil laugh.] Luckily for this rabbit, it still has all four feet.

October 26, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa
#scio11 - Having Fun with Citations

#scio11 - Having Fun with Citations

Having Fun with Citations from NASW on Vimeo. This is a recording of a session from ScienceOnline2011, the fifth annual conference on Science and the Web.

October 26, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic
From Austin to Boston on Natural Gas

From Austin to Boston on Natural Gas

Last summer, Castlen Kennedy went on a 10-day, 2,500 mile roadtrip from Austin, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts. Driving with her friend, Cheryl Dalton, Castlen drove through 13 states in this 10-day period, all in the comfort of a Chevy Tahoe that had been converted to run on natural gas, in addition to gasoline.

October 26, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott
Don't lose the context! Response to: Are you maternal enough to be a woman?

Don't lose the context! Response to: Are you maternal enough to be a woman?

Are you maternal enough to be a woman? I saw this headline on Scientific American blogs, and was intrigued. As a researcher in intra-sex variation in personality, I was eager to see any reference to maternal inclinations, given that it is the subject of my most recent paper.

October 26, 2011 — Miriam Law Smith
Of koalas and marsupial lions: the vombatiform radiation, part I

Of koalas and marsupial lions: the vombatiform radiation, part I

That recent article on tree-kangaroos really brought home to me just how little marsupial-themed information I’ve published here on Tet Zoo. This marsupial drought really isn’t deliberate, since I find marsupials among the most fascinating of mammals.

October 26, 2011 — Darren Naish
Plastic from bacteria - now in algae!

Plastic from bacteria - now in algae!

Bacteria are capable of producing a wide range of exciting and important materials, and one of the most unusual is probably bacterial plastics. Used by the bacteria as an energy store, these bioplastics are of particular interest as not only could they be a non-oil-based form of plastic but they are also biodegradable.

October 26, 2011 — S.E. Gould
#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - coffee, infidelity, extinct rhino, empathy and more...

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - coffee, infidelity, extinct rhino, empathy and more...

- Scicurious - Grab your Coffee, I think this paper may depress you.  - DNLee - Hip Hop Evolution Files: Examining Infidelity from a Biological Perspective  - Bora Zivkovic - #scio11 - Video: From YouTube to TV to Hollywood and Back: Mini Science Film Festival  - John R.

STAFFOctober 26, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

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