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An Ailing Planet's Path to Rio+20

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20-22. It's the third conference of its kind.

May 25, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Khalil's Picks (25 May 2012)

Today, we have some awesome writings from seven (a factor of 42) equally awesome young or early-career science writers. Read about the science of oppressive urban environments, open science, the world’s first stem cell drug and more...

STAFFMay 25, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - crocodile dissection, octopus navigation, Incredible Hulk anatomy, and lots of conservation!

A day late, but finally here - the new Video of the Week! - Dawnielle Tellez - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: The Guam and Calayan Rails  - Ben Linhoff - Following the Ice: In the Beginning  - Ricki Lewis - The “Valley of Death” Looms for 8 Kids With a Rare Disease  - Bora Zivkovic - Introducing: Kathleen Raven  - Julian Champkin - Book Review: The Data Journalism Handbook  - Glendon Mellow - Incredible Hulk Anatomy  - Jason G.

STAFFMay 24, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Amazing Video of Solar Eclipse Shows Sun s Structure

Video of the Week #44 May 24th, 2012: From: Amazing Video of Solar Eclipse Shows Sun s Structure by Michael Moyer at Observations . Source: Cory Poole Photographer Cory Poole captured and compiled timelapse images of the recent annular solar eclipse with a filter that allows light from hydrogen atoms moving from the 2nd excited state to the 1st excited state to be visible, giving us a spectacular view of the Sun’s lower atmosphere and a video that stands out from the others captured this week.

May 24, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

iGEM in space: a Q&A with the Brown-Stanford team

During the past couple months I've been thinking and writing a lot about space colonies for some reason, and I recently had the pleasure of talking with a group of iGEM students that spent last summer designing synthetic microbes that would help astronauts build a community on Mars.

May 24, 2012 — Christina Agapakis

Incredible Hulk Anatomy

Like millions of other superhero comic fans, I loved Joss Whedon's & Marvel's The Avengers when I saw it (in 2D) opening weekend.

May 24, 2012 — Glendon Mellow

Book Review: The Data Journalism Handbook

The Data Journalism Handbook Edited by Jonathan Gray, Lucy Chambers, Liliana Bounegru Publisher (Paper version): O'Reilly Media Released: May 2012 Pages: 120 Or available for free download at In this blog post, Julian Champkin, editor of Significance , the outreach publication of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, reviews the newly-released The Data Journalism Handbook and goes a step further, reminding us that the world of journalism is undergoing a revolution.

STAFFMay 24, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - crowdfunding, science questions to Presidential candidates, Thomas Kuhn, Alberta tar sands, Tarrasius, and more.

- Jai Ranganathan - Crowdfunding for research dollars: a cure for science’s ills?  - Bora Zivkovic - 3 Science questions to ask U.S. Presidential candidates  - Kate Clancy - Belieber or Thiever: Who came first, Bieber or this scientist?  - Eric Michael Johnson - The Allure of Gay Cavemen  - Lucas Brouwers - Ancient fish had the backbone of a landlubber  - Dana Hunter - Prelude to a Catastrophe: “The Current Quiet Interval Will Not Last…”  - John Horgan - What Thomas Kuhn Really Thought about Scientific “Truth”  - DNLee - Wordless Wednesday: African Giant Pouched Rats  - Charles Q.

STAFFMay 24, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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