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Are birds' tweets grammatical?

Are humans the only species with enough smarts to craft a language? Most of us believe that we are. Although many animals have their own form of communication, none has the depth or versatility heard in human speech...

October 28, 2011 — Danielle Perszyk

Books: Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis

Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis By Cynthia BarnettPublished in 2011 by Beacon Press, Boston MAISBN 978-0-80700-317-6Buy this book at Amazon.com (hardcover) or on your Kindle Full disclosure: I solicited via e-mail and received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my promise of a published review...

October 28, 2011 — Matthew Garcia

Tree of Life by Michele Banks

If you follow the #scienceart hashtag on Twitter and G+, you'll know that Michele Banks aka @artologica is one of the most active and vocal artists in this new movement.

October 28, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Can Collective Intelligence Provide Answers to Climate Change Questions?

Few science policy issues today are as complex or divisive as climate change. For that very reason a team of researchers is using the topic as part of a project that seeks to better understand and solve challenging society-level problems by leveraging the collective intelligence of Internet users worldwide.The Climate CoLab project, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (M.I.T.) Collective Intelligence Lab, uses an online forum to encourage institutional and citizen scientists alike to develop proposals for addressing climate change and then improve those proposals based on Web community feedback...

October 28, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

Weekly Highlights #11 - Rachel Nuwer

Rachel Nuwer (Twitter, blog), from NYU's SHERP program, has been writing regularly on the New York Times Green blog. Check out some of her recent posts there: A Photographic Call to Action: When Clyde Butcher first began exploring the Everglades in 1984, “there was virtually nothing to photograph — it was one big ditch,” he says...

STAFFOctober 28, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Painting plasma

Through the years science has inspired many artists and some scientists have been driven to create art by the beauty they have witnessed during their work in the lab.

October 28, 2011 — Joseph Milton

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - spider porn, energy miracles and wandering eyes...

- Meera Lee Sethi - Internet Porn Fills Gap in Spider Taxonomy - Lesley Evans Ogden - Vehicle-to-grid technology: Electric cars become power-grid batteries. - Chris Rowan - A geologist-eye view of the Van earthquake - Cassie Rodenberg - If you could improve your personality with a hallucinogenic drug, would you? - Melissa C...

STAFFOctober 27, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

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