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A Visual Guide to the Social Acceptability of Various Human-Machine Interfaces

Acceptable: Frowned upon: Only if you're a billionaire, and even then probably not a good idea: Please, no: The MH2 Wearable Humanoid Robot, developed by scientists at Japan's Yamagata University, "lives on your shoulder and can be remotely inhabited by your friends from anywhere in the world," according to Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum 's Automaton blog.

May 30, 2012 — Michael Moyer

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - clocks and metabolism, hating raw tomatoes, vulnerable computer chips, and more.

Yesterday was still a holiday here in the U.S., so we chose the new Image of the Week today - enjoy! - Bora Zivkovic - Clocks, metabolism, evolution – toward an integrative chronobiology  - Jennifer Ouellette - Taster’s Choice: Why I Hate Raw Tomatoes and You Don’t  - John Villasenor - Researchers Discover Hacker-Ready Computer Chips  - Edward Fischer - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Remaking What We’ve Lost – A Look At Artificial Reefs  - Melissa C.

STAFFMay 30, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Researchers Discover Hacker-Ready Computer Chips

A pair of security researchers in the U.K. have released a paper [PDF] documenting what they describe as the “first real world detection of a backdoor” in a microchip—an opening that could allow a malicious actor to monitor or change the information on the chip.

May 29, 2012 — John Villasenor

CalCharge Building a Battery Innovation Ecosystem

A new public-private partnership was announced today between CalCEF and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The goal of this new partnership – dubbed CalCharge - is to create a regional ecosystem to spur innovation in energy storage (battery) technologies.

May 29, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

#SciAmBlogs Monday - Stress and antidepressants, bacterial suicide, Geek Manifesto, Quartzy, and more.

- Scicurious - Stress and antidepressants: by their powers combined  - S.E. Gould - The Bacteria that Commit Honourable Suicide  - Adam Smith - Geek Like Me: The Experiment of a Junior Science Journalist  - Santiago Fernandez-Barrera - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Diving into Apra Harbor’s Western Shoals and CB Junkyard  - Joanne Manaster - Monkeys!

STAFFMay 28, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Open Laboratory 2013 - submissions so far

It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries.

STAFFMay 28, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Monkeys! Synthesizers! Nature and Tech Together!

If you gave an infinite number of (or six) monkeys (and related, which I think means mammals) an infinite (also six) number of synthesizers, will they eventually produce Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, or ACDC's Back in Black or, well, anything?Someone thought they'd give it a go as an advertisement for Voltfestivalen -- The place to go to experience the best new electronic music and art.Filmed at Skansenakvariet -- The place to go to experience unique wildlife in Stockholm.I was just tickled at this video.

May 27, 2012 — Joanne Manaster

What's Smaller Than Mark Zuckerberg?

The Facebook IPO earlier this month left us a bit disappointed. There were financial and ethical let-downs. But the over-arching surprise is that people were misled in advance about the value of the company.

May 26, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

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