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A Very Happy Birthday to a Very Special Lady

The Statue of Liberty. She is a symbol of freedom, an icon of New York City, and today is her birthday. In honor to celebrate, I’d like to share some images from an article from the August 14th, 1886 Scientific American that highlighted the methods of assembling Lady Liberty...

STAFFOctober 28, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

Diversity by Design

The recent Nature paper from Jef Boeke's group, "Synthetic chromosome arms function in yeast and generate phenotypic diversity by design," begins with an appropriately futuristic sentence: "The first phase of any genome engineering project is design." While there have been efforts to redesign viral genomes and chemically synthesize bacterial genomes, whole genomes of living cells are not yet something that can readily be designed from scratch...

October 28, 2011 — Christina Agapakis

Open Lab 2011: Blogging Comes of Age

I visited a science writing class recently at a Nameless University, where the conversation turned to the changing landscape of 21st century media and the vital role of blogs and social networking within it...

October 28, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

Are birds' tweets grammatical?

Are humans the only species with enough smarts to craft a language? Most of us believe that we are. Although many animals have their own form of communication, none has the depth or versatility heard in human speech...

October 28, 2011 — Danielle Perszyk

God species review

I wrote the following review a couple of months ago but failed to publish it. I was reminded of this when Martin Robbins asked yesterday on his Guardian blog: "Is environmentalism too left wing?" If there is one reason to read Mark Lynas’ book The God Species, it’s because of his exposition of the ‘planetary boundaries’ concept...

October 28, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Books: Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis

Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis By Cynthia BarnettPublished in 2011 by Beacon Press, Boston MAISBN 978-0-80700-317-6Buy this book at (hardcover) or on your Kindle Full disclosure: I solicited via e-mail and received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my promise of a published review...

October 28, 2011 — Matthew Garcia

Tree of Life by Michele Banks

If you follow the #scienceart hashtag on Twitter and G+, you'll know that Michele Banks aka @artologica is one of the most active and vocal artists in this new movement.

October 28, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Can Collective Intelligence Provide Answers to Climate Change Questions?

Few science policy issues today are as complex or divisive as climate change. For that very reason a team of researchers is using the topic as part of a project that seeks to better understand and solve challenging society-level problems by leveraging the collective intelligence of Internet users worldwide.The Climate CoLab project, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (M.I.T.) Collective Intelligence Lab, uses an online forum to encourage institutional and citizen scientists alike to develop proposals for addressing climate change and then improve those proposals based on Web community feedback...

October 28, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

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