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Post-Sandy New York Aims to Rethink Infrastructure, Not Just Rebuild It

As New York, New Jersey and the rest of the northeastern U.S. come to grips with Hurricane Sandy's impact, some leaders there are realizing that two debilitating hurricanes in as many years there are a sign that infrastructure there needs rethought, not just rebuilt.Postmortem assessments of Sandy's impact should include a "fundamental rethinking of our built environment," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday during a press conference.

October 31, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

Will Giant Mutant Rats overrun NYC in Sandy s wake

In all of the excitement and concern in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many people’s attentions have turned to rats?So What Happened to All of the Subway Rats?The Ratpocalypse Has Been CanceledDid NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy?And one that hits a little closer to home: It spurred some comments, mostly tongue-in-cheek and humorous – after all this is what Luvvie’s stock and trade.But I see many opportunities for this to be a learning moment.

October 31, 2012 — DNLee

13 Horrifying Ways To Die (Arthropod Edition)

Scared of insects, spiders, or other leggy arthropods? It could be worse. You could be one of them. At that size you face an array of dangers unlike anything you know from your comfortably large human existence.Here are just a few of the many perils to worry about as an arthropod.

October 31, 2012 — Alex Wild

Bad Moon Rising: The Science of Werewolves

It's Halloween, that time of year when we celebrate all manner of monsters, from vampires and ghosts, to ghouls, zombies -- and werewolves. In fact, SciCurious has a fascinating post today on a 2012 paper exploring an unusual case of the psychological disorder of lycanthropy.

October 31, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Appalachia's Fall Colors Safe for Now

View from Rabun Bald peak on the GA/NC border. Elevation of 4,696 feet. Photo courtesy: Robynne Boyd It was time to get away. Remove myself from the city and head to the Appalachian Mountains to watch its warm-weather greens turn to the auburns, tangerines and rusts of autumn.First thing I noticed on arriving at the mountain cabin in the southwestern part of the state, just outside Highlands, NC, was the pressing quiet.

October 31, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Being Overwhelmed is Way Scarier Than a Paranormal Activity Movie

Want a little lesson in the life of a scientist? On my plate right now: Proposal reviews: OVERDUE Book chapter: OVERDUE Two revise and resubmits: one OVERDUE, one not (yet) Manuscript review: SUBMITTED LATE Proposal revision to mock panel: only a matter of time before OVERDUE New grant proposals: WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE Workouts: NOT HAPPENING with husband out of town and sitters unavailable Emails to me these days: GO INTO A BLACK HOLE UNLESS YOU WRITE A SECOND TIME AND ARE ON FIRE Kiddo’s Halloween costume: NOT QUITE DONE AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING Blog post: well, at least I got something done.

October 31, 2012 — Kate Clancy

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