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Amongst a government shutdown and decreased funding for research in general, many scientists are turning to crowdfunding sites to provide the funds needed to power their research questions...
Last weekend, the Scientific American blogger community blew up as only a blogger community can, over a somewhat complex issue. Many of us are blogging in response, and as much as I hate to I’m joining in the madness...
Part of any human endeavor, including building scientific knowledge or running a magazine with a website, is the potential for messing up. Humans make mistakes.
Pieces of information, disputed and not, can be woven very quickly into competing explanatory narratives. Press the right buttons, then it can be lightning fast to order them into a line leading to this or that logical conclusion...
I spend a lot of time talking with friends and colleagues about societal issues that we find meaningful and important. Racism. Sexism. Cultural sensitivity.
The U.S. electricity grid includes more than 200,000 miles of high voltage (230 kilovolts and higher) power lines. This network of wires helps to maintain a reliable supply of electricity across the country...
In 1893, Scientific American and other publications reported evidence that a true likeness, produced by none other than the Italian artist Titian, had been found
My ‘Adventures in Biology’ series continues this week with another story from my travels to the island of Moorea in French Polynesia.
LIGHT IN OUR DAILY LIVES Light is a phenomenon that happens daily. It is a physical occurrence. We use lamps to read, we use headlights to drive in unsafe situations, we use it to grow plants, and we use it as a form of energy to heat and cook...
Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of students from Grandview Heights School in Edmonton, Canada. The students are learning about genetics, and the instructor, John Chase asked me to talk about how genetics impacts my field, and to give them a perspective on how this stuff translates to the real world...
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