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New Nuclear Reactors Approved

In a historic vote earlier today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved Southern Company's application to construct the nation's first nuclear reactors in over 30 years.The license was granted in a 4-1 vote, and permits two new reactors to be built at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle (about 170 miles east of Atlanta)...

February 9, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Best Science Song of All Time, Verse 2

Yesterday I asked: what is the best pop science song of all time? Here's where we stand: on the shoulder of giants (with apologies to Sir Isaac).One of those giants is Ryan Reid, our digital art guru, who not long ago did a wonderful post on 10 songs inspired by science...

February 9, 2012 — Fred Guterl

A "Deceptive Individual": Steve Jobs's FBI File

The life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been picked over extensively since his death in October from complications related to pancreatic cancer. Countless news articles, obituaries, remembrances, and, of course, Walter Isaacson's biography followed in the immediate wake of his passing...

February 9, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

Thrifty Thursday: The Liquid Lens

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. A vial filled with oil (top) and water demonstrates optical properties of each.

February 9, 2012 — Alex Wild

An Archival Treasure: Singing Mice

The recent talk of ultrasonic tarsiers reminded me of a post I wrote a couple years ago. You see, tarsiers aren't the only animal to communicate at a sound frequency beyond the level of human hearing: mice do as well...

February 9, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Tiny, Tree-Dwelling Primate Called Tarsier Sends and Receives Ultrasonic Calls

Let's be honest: tarsiers look odd. Among the smallest of all primates, most species of tarsier would fit easily in the palm of your hand. They have long, slender, largely hairless tails and elongated fingers with knobby knuckles and mushroom-cap finger pads.To fully confront the tarsier's bizarre anatomy, you must stare it in the face...

February 8, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

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