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On My Shelf: Autophobia (A Review)

Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age | Brian Ladd | University of Chicago Press | 236 pages | $15.00 (Softcover)It's an experience not at all unfamiliar to many of us: the flush of a first meeting, a growing attraction, a desire to spend every waking moment together, to visit new places and explore a world previously unknown, to create new memories together...

February 1, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

Elegance of Spider Webs Helps Make Them Strong [Video]

Spiders' silk has been the envy of materials engineers for decades. Its combination of flexibility and durability has been difficult to match with even the most advanced technology."It is stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar by weight," Markus Buehler, an engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a prepared statement.A new study by Buehler and his colleagues, published online Wednesday in Nature , is the first to use computer modeling to demonstrate how the molecular components and structures of the silk contribute to the astounding strength of spiders' web designs ( Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group)...

February 1, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Science Online 2012: The Music Video

Many of you will have seen the massive internet coverage of the Science Online conference over the past few weeks. The event is one of the year's highlights for those of us interested in science communication...

February 1, 2012 — Carin Bondar

An artist at SciO12

Is it possible that two weeks have passed since the ScienceOnline 2012 conference?! I still find my heart goes pitter patter just thinking about it. What a wealth of people were in those conference rooms!...

February 1, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - Cotard's syndrome, pigeon parasite, Haeckel, clumped bacteria, aurorae, `polite' sexism, and more.

You may have noticed a little improvement installed today - now you can see each blog post in a print-friendly form and then print it that way. Just click on the "Print" button, like this:And now, another amazing day on the network:- Melanie Tannenbaum - If It Looks Like a Compliment, and Sounds Like a Compliment…Is It Really a Compliment? - Leslie Reed - A Wildlife Vet, A Pigeon, A Groundbreaking Discovery - James Byrne - No seriously, I'm dead. - Christina Agapakis - Multicellularity - Jennifer Frazer - Proteus: How Radiolarians Saved Ernst Haeckel and Legionnaire’s Disease at the Luxor: What Causes It? - Jennifer Ouellette - Meet Me Halfway - Kelly Oakes - Where Do Aurorae Come From? - Bora Zivkovic - Introducing #SciAmBlogs bloggers: Caleb Scharf - Jason G...

STAFFFebruary 1, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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