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Fabric of the Cosmos Some Seriously Mind-Bending Physics

Fabric of the Cosmos, starring theoretical physicist Brian Greene, premieres tonight on NOVA (with further episodes airing November 9, 16 and 23). The 4-part miniseries based on Greene’s latest book of the same name is a remarkable journey into the jarring world of theoretical physics...

November 2, 2011 — Carin Bondar

Negawatts and Megawatts - When Less Makes Money

Note: Many statements contained in this piece are the result of an in-person interview between the author (Melissa C. Lott) and Chevron Energy Solutions’s President, Jim Davis in the fall of 2011...

November 2, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

Sun Time is the Real Time

I originally published this on January 31, 2007. If you really read this blog "for the articles", especially the chronobiology articles, you are aware that the light-dark cycle is the most powerful environmental cue entraining circadian clocks...

November 2, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - cycads, lancelets, robots and loving eyes...

Another day, another treasure trove of sciencey goodness on the blogs:- Cheryl Murphy ­- Learning the Look of Love: In your Eyes, the Light the Heat - Maria Konnikova - Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Why Most of Us Wouldn’t Be Able to Tell That Watson Fought in Afghanistan - Bora Zivkovic - Lesson of the Day: Circadian Clocks are HARD to shift!...

STAFFNovember 2, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

The Surprising Lives of Cycads

If you had to guess which organism possesses sperm with 40,000 tails, what would you guess? Elephant? Whale? Chuck Norris? Would you have guessed that it belongs to a plant?This is the sperm of Zamia roezlii ...

November 1, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer

The Robots Who Could Have Saved Fukushima Are Coming

This remarkable piece in IEEE Spectrum giving a timeline of the hellish first 24 hours at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant makes the expected observations: the entire crisis could have been averted with a couple of nineteenth-century or earlier engineering fixes: don't put your generators in the basement when you're in an area that might flood, and if your generators could be at risk during a crisis that would require evacuation, don't put your backup generators hundreds of kilometers away on wheeled vehicles that will have to fight the fleeing traffic, on ruined roads, to get to the crisis.But that's engineering: you always learn what's wrong by having it go wrong...

November 1, 2011 — Scott Huler

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