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Breathtaking time-lapse video makes me question Copernicus

The earth revolves around the sun. It's a true fact, and no conspiracy. Even with such enlightenment, it's nice to be reminded of why people once thought the opposite -- that the universe revolves around the earth -- to briefly knock us off our ivory tower of knowledge and be reminded of just how far we've come...

December 2, 2011 — Hannah Waters

A Peek Inside the Crypt of Civilization

One of the things I love most about archives is the way they allow us to connect directly with the past. When I come across something interesting, I feel as though I’ve discovered a piece of hidden truth or insight that has been left just for me...

STAFFDecember 2, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

Aust. Government provides incentive for vaccination

Something that has really gotten to me in the last few years is the rise and rise in volume of the anti-vaccination movement. Particularly in Australia this movement has started to enter the public consciousness and continue to spout their nonsense into the public arena...

December 2, 2011 — James Byrne

How do we make room for pink microscopes? (More thoughts on gendered science kits.)

As we've been considering the hazards of gendered science kits for kids, some have suggested that it is simplistic to paint pink microscopes as an unalloyed evil.One response on the potential value of girls' science kits comes from Meghan Groome at Pathways to Science: As someone who studies the formation of science identity in middle school students, I see everyday how girls try to navigate acceptable girl identities with those teachers look for to identify science talent...

December 2, 2011 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Dipping with the Stars

Most systems in the body have a rhythm, a daily cycle. Interrupting that rhythm can have detrimental consequences. Shifting sleep cycles can alter mental status and increase errors that result in accidents...

December 2, 2011 — Pascale Lane

Exoplanets: I'll Stop the World and Melt With You

What lies beneath such turbulent skies? (NASA/JPL) Gas giant planets are among the most beautiful and awe-inspiring worlds. In our own solar system we've long gazed at Jupiter's extraordinary swirling atmosphere, where stormy circulations like the Great Red Spot persist for centuries...

December 2, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf

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