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Weekly Highlights #11 - Rachel Nuwer

Rachel Nuwer (Twitter, blog), from NYU's SHERP program, has been writing regularly on the New York Times Green blog. Check out some of her recent posts there: A Photographic Call to Action: When Clyde Butcher first began exploring the Everglades in 1984, “there was virtually nothing to photograph — it was one big ditch,” he says...

STAFFOctober 28, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Painting plasma

Through the years science has inspired many artists and some scientists have been driven to create art by the beauty they have witnessed during their work in the lab.

October 28, 2011 — Joseph Milton

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - spider porn, energy miracles and wandering eyes...

- Meera Lee Sethi - Internet Porn Fills Gap in Spider Taxonomy - Lesley Evans Ogden - Vehicle-to-grid technology: Electric cars become power-grid batteries. - Chris Rowan - A geologist-eye view of the Van earthquake - Cassie Rodenberg - If you could improve your personality with a hallucinogenic drug, would you? - Melissa C...

STAFFOctober 27, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Did you know that hard candy is actually a glass?

As Halloween is right around the corner, here's a video from ByteSizeScience on how hard candy is made: things of note:(1) Hard candy is technically a glass made of sugar!(2) There are three stages of sugar boiling, and the maximum temperature that it reaches determines the physical properties of the resulting candy (I think this is primarily a function of how much water is remaining in the sugar mixture).(3) If you watch the video, you'll figure out why hard candy always has a ring around the edge...

October 27, 2011 — Michelle Clement

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