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Scientific American-Then and Now

Thoughts on the first issue of Scientific American, from 1845, now available online . Nature Publishing Group (which publishes Scientific American ) announced today that it has now digitized all of Scientific American ’s archive, going back to Volume 1, Issue 1 from 1845.I decided to take a look at the first issue, which was targeted to Americans of a mechanical bent, and started to reflect on how much (or how little) has changed in the intervening 166 years: Then:In 1845, the editor wrote "we shall endeavour to avoid all expressions of sentiment, on any sectional, sectarian, or political party subject."Now:In the words of Shawn Lawrence Otto, we at Scientific American understand that "Science is never partisan, but science is always political." Stating that evidence shows that something is true independent of what others—no matter their wealth or rank—think of it can be very subversive...

November 1, 2011 — Christine Gorman

North Pond: Stars and Their Infinite Reach

Follow Dr. Katrina Edwards, as she explores the microbial life at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean 11 – 1 – 2011 Today I have a guest post by another shipboard participant in expedition 336 here on the Joides Resolution...

November 1, 2011 — Katrina Edwards

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Evolution

LOL, a scientifically peer-reviewed rap set. This is interesting way to communicate evolution. My only worry is that it makes hip rap music to scientists, not science music to rappers.

November 1, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Plane from Newark Crash Lands in Poland [Video]

Earlier today, LOT Polish airlines flight 16 traveling from Newark, N.J., to Warsaw, Poland, crash landed after its landing gear failed to deploy. According to The Aviation Herald , the Boeing 767-300 was at 3,000 feet when the pilots reported an unsafe gear indication...

November 1, 2011 — Michael Moyer

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