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This week in graphene: teensy tiny transistors!

This week in graphene: teensy tiny transistors!

University of Manchester New results keep coming fast and furious from graphene, the single-atom-thick form of graphite. Resembling chicken wire in structure, graphene has captured researchers' attention over the past few years for its combination of exotic physics, attractive electronic properties and ease of preparation (see my slideshow on how to make your own graphene"”with Scotch tape).

April 18, 2008 — JR Minkel
Yes, the earth moved for me...

Yes, the earth moved for me...

I slept through this morning's Midwest quake, but I sure felt this aftershock an hour ago: That's a seismograph in West Lafayette, IN. The online image gets updated every 10 minutes.

April 18, 2008 — Graham P. Collins
Your forest on drugs: America's cocaine habit destroys national parks

Your forest on drugs: America's cocaine habit destroys national parks

If you use cocaine and need a reason to quit—or one to avoid starting in the first place—think conservation. The national parks of Guatemala and other countries have become the preferred haven of drug traffickers who usurp protected areas and burn the forest to serve their own purposes and the demands of their customers, according to Roan McNab, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) country director for Guatemala.

April 16, 2008 — David Biello
Saving wildlife by killing it

Saving wildlife by killing it

In 2002 conservationists used helicopters to bomb Anacapa Island, off the coast of California, with the rodent-killing poison brodifacoum. They managed to wipe out their target—an invasive species of black rats that had been living on the island for more than a century—but they also knocked out a native population of deer mice and killed some rodent-eating raptors, like the peregrine falcon.

April 16, 2008 — David Biello
This is what the Higgs boson looks like

This is what the Higgs boson looks like

If all goes well, in a few years, every news outlet in the world will run an image like this one right below a photo of researchers popping champagne bottles.

April 13, 2008 — JR Minkel
Monkeys Hear Voices

Monkeys Hear Voices

Introduction By Jonah Lehrer, Editor, Mind Matters The ability to communicate with language is one of the defining talents of the human mind.

April 8, 2008 — Mind Matters
Climbing Mountains Kills Brain Cells

Climbing Mountains Kills Brain Cells

Back in September, R. Douglas Fields, a senior investigator at the NIH, wrote a really interesting post for Mind Matters on the neural hazards of tall mountains.

April 7, 2008 — Mind Matters
Pediatrician zings Jenny McCarthy over vaccines and autism

Pediatrician zings Jenny McCarthy over vaccines and autism

Is Larry King Live the ideal venue for a reasoned discussion about a controversial topic in science? That was the question Wednesday when one of King’s guests was former actress and model Jenny McCarthy, whose 5-year-old son, Evan was diagnosed with autism at age 2.

April 4, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
The big bang in musical form

The big bang in musical form

I talked to string theorist Brian Greene earlier this afternoon about the upcoming World Science Festival, and he remarked about how many artists of all types, from painters to musicians to choreographers, have been inspired by scientific discoveries.

April 4, 2008 — George Musser

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