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A Look At Our (Mostly) Independent Energy Future

In my last post, I described how the past eight US presidents pledged to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. None have succeeded yet… but by the time President Obama leaves office, oil imports will be lower than when he arrived, but as I previously explained, its not all because of his administration.* Now let’s [...]..

January 14, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Rare Diseases – in Honor of Sam Berns

Two cases this week highlight some of the difficulties surrounding rare and orphan diseases. First, Sam Berns, age 17, just died from his progressive genetic disease, progeria, which causes very rapid and premature aging...

January 14, 2014 — Judy Stone

Biological Decision Making: The Strange Connection Between Cows and Bacteria

Are cows more likely to lie down the longer they stand? This apparently simple question turns out to have an unexpected answer. The study, by a team of Scottish sustainable livestock systems researchers, won the 2013 IgNobel Prize for probability and has left many people puzzled about the mysteries of cow behavior...

January 14, 2014 — Christina Agapakis

The Edge’s Annual Question: The Way We Produce and Advance Science

This year, I was invited to contribute to the Edge Foundation’s Annual Question. Other contributor include Helen Fisher, Irene Pepperberg, Alan Alda, Nina Jablonski, Jay Rosen, and, well 150 others: The question was, “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?” My contribution: The Way We Produce And Advance Science Last year, I spearheaded a [...]..

January 14, 2014 — Kate Clancy

Tuesday Tune: Geologic “Eras,” Animated

So I had reason recently to eyeball a geologic time chart closely, and ’twas the season where there happens to be a lot of choral music about, so I thought we’d have this little animated delight...

January 14, 2014 — Dana Hunter

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