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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 http://datajournalismhandbook.org 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

USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Economic Effects of the Revised Military Buildup in Guam

By Nick LeonardIn December 2002, the US–Japan Security Consultative Committee began a series of conversations about strategic military alignment in the Pacific and how to protect their associated countries in “today’s rapidly changing global security environment.” [Guam Buildup EIS, 2010] This three-and-a-half-year conversation evolved into what has been know as the Defense Policy and Review Initiative, part of which planned for the relocation of over 8,600 United States troops from Okinawa, Japan to Guam and other parts of the Pacific.However, in response to cuts in the United States’ defense budget, funding for a military build-up in Guam was for a time put on hold as officials tweaked details of the plan, partly with an eye to cost...

May 23, 2012 — Jim Haw

#SciAmBlogs Monday - glowing spider-worms, eclipse, bacterial data storage, diving tables, why and when of sleep, and more.

Welcome back! It's Monday - thus a new Image of the Week.- Scicurious - Wholesome food and wholesome morals: does seeing organic make you act like jerk? - Krystal D'Costa - Anna Post on Managing Our Digital Spaces - Jennifer Frazer - The Glowing Spider-Worms of New Zealand - John Horgan - Worst Column Ever by Times Pundit David Brooks: “When the Good Do Bad” - John R...

STAFFMay 21, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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