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Science in a Republican Senate: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Republican Party is widely predicted to win control of the Senate as a result of today's midterm elections. In broadstrokes, that outcome portends a green light for the Keystone XL Pipeline, a blow to the Affordable Care Act and a push for corporate tax reform...

November 4, 2014 — Joshua A. Krisch

The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet

On November 12th 2014 the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will eject the small robotic lander Philae on a trajectory that should take it down to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (or 67P/C-P for short)...

November 4, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

The "Reverse Popularizer:" How communicating science can create new ideas

By proportion, Americans believe in creationism just as much now as when I was born.  Research funding has diminished enough to threaten scientists' ability to work and our nation's competitiveness in science and engineering.  These trends reflect a deeper issue in the public's sentiment about science.  A recent Pew trust poll found that whereas about [...]..

November 4, 2014 — Jamil Zaki

Painting Across Astronomical Units

What we find in space continues to challenge our imaginations, and we haven’t even discovered extraterrestrial life yet. Last week,  in Caleb Scharf’s post Astrobiology Roundup: Planets, Moons, and Stinky Comets, he featured the bizarre visualization above...

November 4, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Medieval Witch Hunts Influenced by Climate Change

August 3, 1562 a devastating thunderstorm hit central Europe, damaging buildings, killing animals and destroying crops and vineyards. The havoc caused by this natural disaster was so great, so unprecedented, that soon an unnatural origin for the storm was proposed...

November 3, 2014 — David Bressan

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