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The Great Hornbill

Image of the Week #30, February 13th, 2012:
From: Artificial Beaks Helping to Save Hornbills from Extinction in India by John Platt at Extinction Countdown Source: Lip Kee Yap on Flickr The great hornbill ( Buceros bicornis ), is one of five hornbill species native to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh...

February 13, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Obama Administration Proposes Big Cuts to NASA's Mars Programs

NASA just released its presidential budget request for 2013 and, as expected, the space agency's planetary science program takes a big hit. The budget document (summary pdf) is merely the first volley in an often drawn-out exchange between the White House and Congress, but still sets the general direction for the space program...

February 13, 2012 — John Matson

Weekly Highlights #15 - UC-Santa Cruz students

Students of the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication program had some some awesome and successful stories published recently - I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:Marissa Fessenden (@marisfessenden) wrote about an annoying speaking pattern among young women, called "vocal fry," for a class news assignment...

STAFFFebruary 13, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The Illegal Teeny Turtle Trade

High-ticket items at my local 99¢ store endanger lives. For $6 a pop (or 2 for $10) a child brings home a baby turtle hardly larger than a quarter. They’re deceptively deadly pets for kids who put the bitty creatures in their mouths, or who neglect to wash their hands after touching the turtle...

February 13, 2012 — Amy Maxmen

Science-Art Interviews: Heather Knight

Heather Knight is a North Carolina-based ceramic artist. Her work in porcelain extracts patterns from nature and presents them in their simplest repetitive forms.

February 13, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Education Isn't Helping Americans Overcome Deepening Inequality

In Remaking Eden (Harper Perennial, 1998), geneticist Lee Silver envisioned a future in which humanity has split into two species: "Naturals," the poor slobs who muddle along with the genes that nature gave them, and the "GenRich," who can afford to boost their physical and mental talents via genetic engineering...

February 13, 2012 — John Horgan

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