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Time to Can the Round Numbers

Time to Can the Round Numbers

Ever notice that we’ve got a thing for round numbers? We like our data neat and tidy.The world of ocean pollution and litter prevention is filled with nice round numbers.

May 14, 2012 — Harold Johnson
Energy Storage For More Than Renewables

Energy Storage For More Than Renewables

Large-scale energy storage technologies are often hailed as a key to enabling increased use of intermittent renewable energy resources – like solar and wind - to supply the nation’s electricity demand.

May 14, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott
Open Laboratory 2013 - submissions so far

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 14, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Living Photography

Living Photography

Phototropism, photo by Tangopaso Wie orientieren sich Cyanobakterien im Licht Plants don't always seem particularly charismatic, but hidden from us in their slow-motion and chemical activities are incredible mechanisms that sense and respond to the world around them.

May 12, 2012 — Christina Agapakis
Walking as Search: Google Glasses May Not Be a Good Idea

Walking as Search: Google Glasses May Not Be a Good Idea

Google Glasses prototype It would be nice if state governments went one step further and banned texting while walking. The law might require that anyone entering an emoticon into a smartphone would be required to stand (very still) within a foot of the sidewalk’s edge or cough up a $50 fine.Going on foot from the Canal Street stop of the A train in lower Manhattan to the door of the huge former printing factory building where Nature Publishing Group has its offices has increasingly become a series of patterned avoidance maneuvers to skirt erratically moving objects immersed in text-crazed oblivion.Mobile devices have succeeded in desensitizing a not insubstantial percentage of urban populations from their physical surroundings.

May 12, 2012 — Gary Stix
#SciAmBlogs Friday - eavesdropping, science education, dugongs, sunspots, Black studies, and more.

#SciAmBlogs Friday - eavesdropping, science education, dugongs, sunspots, Black studies, and more.

- Jennifer Verdolin - The Art of Eavesdropping: Nature’s silent sniffers, watchers, and listeners  - Janet D. Stemwedel - Is it worth fighting about what’s taught in high school biology class?  - Jennifer Ouellette - Frost Flowers and Hot Capillary Action  - Christina Irvin - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Palauan Mermaids  - Jennifer Frazer - Postcards from Rangitoto, Part 2  - Allen Frances - Why Are There No Biological Tests in Psychiatry?  - DNLee - Black Studies is not a Course, it’s a Cause.

STAFFMay 12, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
The Scienceblogging Weekly (May 11, 2012)

The Scienceblogging Weekly (May 11, 2012)

In the flood of information, filters are invaluable - people you trust to pick the best so you can focus on that, only that, and ignore the less important stuff.

May 11, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Khalil's Picks (11 May 2012)

Khalil's Picks (11 May 2012)

This week, we have some truly quality articles by young and early-career science writers. From science and politics to science and business, from allergies and bees to sperm and aliens, you name it, we got it.

STAFFMay 11, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

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