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Men's Offices Harbor More Bacteria Than Women's

What is the dirtiest thing on your desk? If you work in a typical office, it's not actually your computer mouse or your keyboard or even your desk. According to a new study, published online May 30 in PLoS ONE , it's your phone—but your chair's not far behind.Before you drop that receiver or leap out of your seat, hold that thought for just a second...

May 30, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Exoplanet Hunters Get a Technology Boost in Search for Earth-like Planets

The European Southern Observatory already has one of the world’s best planet-hunting tools in the HARPS spectrograph. Installed at the 3.6-meter La Silla telescope in Chile, HARPS is an instrument that can detect the extremely subtle wobbles in a star’s motion that may be induced by the gravitational pull of an orbiting planet.But the wobble, or radial-velocity, method most readily turns up large exoplanets, some of them many times more massive than Jupiter, that orbit quite close to their host star...

May 30, 2012 — John Matson

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

ScienceOnline2012 interview with Adam Regelmann

Every year I ask some of the attendees of the ScienceOnline conferences to tell me (and my readers) more about themselves, their careers, current projects and their views on the use of the Web in science, science education or science communication...

May 28, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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