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Honeybees and Monoculture: Nothing to Dance About

With all the talk of honey bee decline in the news, you may already know that honey bees don’t just make honey. They also give us almonds, cherries, avocados, raspberries, apples…pretty much everything delicious...

June 7, 2013 — Matina Donaldson-Matasci

The Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute in the East China Sea

by Amelia MouraThe Senkaku/Diaoyu islands have a long, complex, history of sovereignty disputes. This string of three uninhabitable islands and five rocks which, in total, amount to only 2.7 square miles in the East China Sea, has a past defined by conflicting claims by Japan, China, and even Taiwan...

June 7, 2013 — Jim Haw

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - hearing aids, Thor's Hammer, Seabees, Quad Map, nuclear power, glowing octopus, and more.

- David G. Myers - Hearing Aids Can Serve a Second Purpose—As Wireless Speakers - Jennifer Ouellette - The Physics of Thor’s Hammer Immortalized in Comic Form - Mary Karmelek - “We Build, We Fight”: The Role of the Seabees in the Invasion of Normandy - Dana Hunter - Epic Excitement: Reading Quad Map Documentation - Nicholas Evans and Ashutosh Jogalekar - Promise or problem?...

STAFFJune 6, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

We Build, We Fight : The Role of the Seabees in the Invasion of Normandy

Today marks the 69th anniversary of D-day, when the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. Whereas all branches of the Armed Forces who took place in the invasion deserve recognition, I wanted to dedicate this blog post to a group that I hadn’t heard of until I read about them in Scientific American’s archive: the Seabees.The Scientific American article from February 1943 described the Seabees as “the newest branch of the Navy, and one of our most dramatic and romantic services.” The name is derived from the phonetic spelling of “CB”, or “Construction Battalion.” Officially created by Rear Adm...

STAFFJune 6, 2013 — Mary Karmelek

Unusual Offshore Octopods: Great Glowing Octopus! [Video]

What has eight arms, no bones and hundreds of bright, twinkly lights? The glowing sucker octopus ( Stauroteuthis syrtensis ), of course.This flashy octopod is one of the few of its kind to have true bioluminescence, a trait much more common in two other cephalopod relatives, squid and cuttlefish...

June 6, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

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