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ScienceOnline2012 - we have the Keynote Speaker!

We are very excited to announce that the Keynote speaker for the sixth annual ScienceOnline conference will be the anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor (@mireyamayor on Twitter)!Among many accomplishments, Mireya is the author of the wonderful book “Pink Boots and a Machete” which was reviewed here at #SciAmBlogs both by me and by Jason...

STAFFNovember 7, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Dam breached, reservoir drained - restoring the White Salmon River

That's an amazing video shot by photographer Andy Maser of the Condit Dam being breached by explosives last month. The 125-foot tall dam, built in 1913 on the White Salmon River in Washington State, emptied the contents of its reservoir in just over two hours.For the first time in nearly one hundred years the White Salmon River will flow freely, restoring the river to be a natural habitat for local fish species...

November 7, 2011 — David Wogan

MolBio Carnival #16!

Welcome to the sixteenth edition of the MolBio Carnival! Some great blog posts on cellular and molecular biology have been submitted, many of them written by first-time contributors, so I urge you to check them all out...

November 7, 2011 — Lucas Brouwers

How Can We Curb the Medical-Testing Epidemic?

We are facing an epidemic in this country, a threat to our health caused not by pathogens, environmental toxins or lousy diets but by medical tests. Over the past couple of years, we've learned that two popular tests for cancer—mammograms and the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for prostate cancer—are less than useless for many people...

November 7, 2011 — John Horgan

How Do We Wait?

There was a wait for tables at the restaurant S and I went to on Saturday. Here's a look at how people passed the time. You may notice a similarity (sorry the pictures are a little dark):         Very few people were "just" talking—without their phone in their hand (and in one case, an iPad)...

November 7, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Can Smart Phones Help Create Smarter Science?

Can smart phones change the way we do research? Cognitive scientists believe that they may provide a vital means of widening the participant pool, as discussed in a recent September PLoS paper that explores the intersection of technology and behavioral experiments.The potential application of Internet-based research to extend laboratory exercises to wider audiences has been a tantalizingly frustrating endeavor...

November 7, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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