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Theories, models and the future of science

Theories, models and the future of science

Dark matter and dark energy: Models for accounting for the distribution of matter and the acceleration of the universe (Image: Edelweiss) Last year's Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess for their discovery of an accelerating universe, a finding leading to the startling postulate that 75% of our universe contains a hitherto unknown entity called dark energy.

September 5, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Single Suns Adorn Most Alien Skies (Probably)

Single Suns Adorn Most Alien Skies (Probably)

Boring, but true (NASA/JPL) The setting of twin suns on some distant world has become an iconic image of science fiction, and easily imagined as an indelibly alien and distant experience.

September 5, 2012 — Caleb A. Scharf
#DispatchesDNLee: Panyabukuu Haiku

#DispatchesDNLee: Panyabukuu Haiku

Panyabukuu is Swahili for Pouched rat Pouched rats I study Black and white, naked scaly Tails they have ~ inspired by the Arusha Poetry Club of Arusha, TanzaniaThank you very much for coming along on the adventure.

September 5, 2012 — DNLee
Surprise Valley: Smoothing out the Kinks

Surprise Valley: Smoothing out the Kinks

How does science work? Though romanticized as a string of exciting, accidental discoveries, in reality, the bulk of scientific research happens in the prelude to discovery--the humbler, though no less exciting, process of troubleshooting.

September 5, 2012 — Melissa Pandika
How to Apply an Evolutionary Hypothesis about Gestation to Your Pregnancy

How to Apply an Evolutionary Hypothesis about Gestation to Your Pregnancy

First things first. Let’s get you up to speed on the gestation research that fed the media that fed the pregnancy questions that sparked this post.Some impressive colleagues and I just published a paper (1) that pulls the rug out from under a classic anthropological hypothesis that suggests the bipedal-adapted human pelvis constrains human gestation and fetal growth.

September 5, 2012 — Holly Dunsworth
SciArt of the Day: Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos... yes, Pootoos!

SciArt of the Day: Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos... yes, Pootoos!

Peterson's "Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos" from the Field Guide to Mexican Birds and Adjacent Central America, 1973. This plate and many others are up for auction September 8th at Guernsey's Auction House in New York.

September 5, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios
SciArt of the Day: Speculative Dimorphism

SciArt of the Day: Speculative Dimorphism

© Rachel Caauwe  Speculative biology is a field of art where science and science fiction combine to come up with alternate ecologies and organisms.

September 5, 2012 — Glendon Mellow
#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - mothers-in-law, tigers at night, movies in the sewers, imaginary presidents, mechanical rhinos, and more.

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - mothers-in-law, tigers at night, movies in the sewers, imaginary presidents, mechanical rhinos, and more.

Take a look at the magnificient Image of the Week! - Samyukta Mullangi - Pressing Pause in Alaska  - Eric Michael Johnson - A Grimm Tale of Reproductive Conflict  - Bora Zivkovic - Tigers take to the night – for peaceful coexistence with humans and Best of August at A Blog Around The Clock  - Scott Huler - Who Needs Investment: Let’s Have an Infrastructure Film Festival  - Glendon Mellow - SciArt of the Day: Rhinoceros 1515  - Jesse Bering - Imaginary Presidents and Imaginary Gods: The Real “Empty Chair” Effect  - Khalil A.

STAFFSeptember 4, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Mechanical Rhino

Mechanical Rhino

Image of the Week #58, September 4th, 2012:
From: SciArt of the Day: Rhinoceros 1515 by Glendon Mellow at Symbiartic .

September 4, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Did Hackers Steal Apple IDs Stored on an FBI Laptop?

Did Hackers Steal Apple IDs Stored on an FBI Laptop?

The FBI says there is no evidence to support hacker group AntiSec's claims that it stole digital serial numbers for more than 12 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches from a poorly secured agency computer.The bureau issued a statement Tuesday indicating the agency "is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs [Unique Device Identifiers] was exposed.

September 4, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

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