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Air Defenses against Zeppelins, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 13, 1915 German Zeppelins (airships with rigid frames) bombed Liège, Belgium, on August 6, 1914, only a few days after the Great War broke out...

STAFFFebruary 13, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

You Asked - They Answered: Q&A with Smart Wires

I have received many interesting questions from readers in response to last Sunday's article "Controlling the Path of Least Resistance with Smart Wires." This week, I consolidated these questions and took them back to Smart Wires – the start-up company behind the power flow control technology that was featured in the previous discussion - to [...]..

February 13, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott

Why Romantic Illusions Are a Good Thing

Scientists believe that idealizing one's partner can work as a self-fulfilling prophecy, where illusion eventually becomes reality. That is to say, people can help to create the partners they wish they had, by exaggerating their virtues and minimizing their faults in their own minds...

February 12, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

Since I first wrote about the price of oil last December, the global oil price has fallen to levels not seen in over five years. For many, the recent price decline brings back memories of the 1980s oil price collapse, which followed the 70s oil price spike and drew attention away from renewable energy and [...]..

February 12, 2015 — Robert Fares

Is Our Focus on Obesity Holding Back Public Health?

What causes obesity? Advertising junk food to kids? Cheap soda? The demise of physical education in public schools? Too much screen time? Or maybe, it's one of the little boxes in this Obesity System Influence Diagram, developed in 2007 by British researchers for their government's Foresight Project: Holy cow, I believe are the words you're [...]..

February 12, 2015 — Patrick Mustain

Happy Bornday Darwin

Today marks the 206th anniversary of Charles Darwin‘s bornday. February 12 is celebrated as International Darwin Day and many communities and colleges host events and town hall informal science events...

February 12, 2015 — DNLee

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