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Casimir Effect

Video of the Week #39 April 19th, 2012 From: Quantum Casimir Effect Inspires Indie Filmmakers by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics .

April 19, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Earth Day 2012: The Best and Worst Pronouncements

April 22 marks the 42 nd annual Earth Day observance. In recent years, the week running up to Earth Day has become increasingly filled with a riotous mix of news that ranges from inspired initiatives to thinly veiled partisanship and shameless exploitation...

April 19, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - salt-tolerant wheat, hormones and behavior, sedimentary rocks, the value of a PhD, and more.

- Heather Bray and Matthew Gilliham - Ancient genes and modern science deliver salt-tolerant wheat - Ashley Campbell - Empirically Dancing Your Way to the Top—How Nicole Dubilier Does It! - Psi Wavefunction - Pond water ‘microforay’: amoeba and ciliate sex gone horribly wrong - Kate Clancy - Your Ability to Handle Your Environment is Correlated with your Hormones - Dana Hunter - A Landscape in a Hand Sample: To Settle - Christie Wilcox - Reversing a heart attack: scientists reprogram scar tissue into working muscle - David Bressan - April 18, 1906: San Francisco´s O, Wicked Ground - Scicurious - #Eb2012 Tweetup: How social media has influenced my career - Dr...

STAFFApril 19, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Threatened Philippine Hawk-Eagle Bred in Captivity for First Time

Sometimes a simple egg hatching can be a victory. That's the case in the Philippines, where a threatened bird of prey known as the Pinsker's hawk–eagle ( Nisaetus pinskeri ) has been bred in captivity for the first time.The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) reports that the Pinsker's chick hatched on April 2 at its breeding program in the village of Malagos and weighed 57.2 grams...

April 18, 2012 — John R. Platt

Ancient Genes and Modern Science Deliver Salt-Tolerant Wheat

Ten thousand years ago, somewhere in the ‘fertile crescent’ near modern day Turkey, several small but amazing events kick-started the spread of farming, the birth of civilisation and ultimately changed the world.Although we are still learning about the precise nature of these events, we know that at this time people began to collect seeds from local wild grasses to grow them for food, selecting the best seeds to grow in subsequent seasons...

April 18, 2012 — Heather Bray and Matthew Gilliham

Singing Snails of Hawaii

Image of the Week #38, April 17th, 2012:
From: Singing Snails and Killer Whales: Parallels in Conservation by Alexis Rudd at the Guest Blog ...

April 17, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Why You Should Choose Optimism

I've been bashing determinism and fatalism a lot lately, so I thought I'd write about an "ism" I like: optimism. For most of my career as a science journalist, I've been a pessimist, harping on all the goals that scientists will probably never attain...

April 17, 2012 — John Horgan

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