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Engineers of the Future Design Star Trek-Inspired Tricorder Device

The team's tricorder device, environmental sensing module and security module. Credit: Grace Crumrine A group of college and high school students has designed a Star Trek-inspired sensing device that can beam environmental data to a smart phone.

November 12, 2012 — Marissa Fessenden

Repost: This is your Brain on Music

Please accept this repost today, originally posted on Jan 31, 2011. Sci will admit I spent most the time "preparing" for this post by listening to LOTS of music.

November 12, 2012 — Scicurious

Shine on you crazy diamond: why humans are carbon-based lifeforms

Previous posts in the Chemistry series: Hydrogen-bonds, van der Waals forces, metallic bonding, ionic bonds Everything on earth is made up of combinations of different elements - all of which can be found on the periodic table.

November 11, 2012 — S.E. Gould

Twitter Is a 24-Hour Party. You Can Tweet If You Want to

("A Perch of Birds," by Hector Giacomelli, via Wikimedia Commons) My father called me one night: "So, I'm trying to figure this thing out. How does it work exactly?" Some of my friends and colleagues have made similar inquiries: "I should probably get the hang of this.

STAFF November 11, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

Raptors kill hominids, kill cattle, kill giant moa

No time for anything new: I figure this is pretty self-explanatory. For anyone who wants to follow up on some of the assertions boldly stated in the slide above, check out...Berger, L.

November 10, 2012 — Darren Naish

#SciAmBlogs Friday - Sandy at Staten Island, the Achilles heel, wetlands, allergies, sea rise in NC, and more.

- Kathleen Raven - Staten Island’s ‘Bluebelt’ doesn’t fight super-storms, but plays crucial role in managing excess rainfall  - Jalees Rehman - Achilles Had Only 2 Heels  - Scott Huler - Reality Laughs Again at North Carolina  - DNLee - Society for Wetland Scientists Undergrad Mentoring Program application deadline November 16  - Khalil A.

STAFF November 9, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Reality Laughs Again at North Carolina

It’s not just Nate Silver. Certainly Silver’s election math beat-down is the most noteworthy example of science delivering a dope slap to superstition, to “gut feeling,” to magical thinking: "Come on, you knuckleheads."But reality is striking back everywhere – in some places with a kind of fierce appropriateness that borders on comedy, or tragedy, or both.

November 9, 2012 — Scott Huler

Khalil s Picks (9 November 2012)

Hurricane Sandy is in the news but for this weeks’ picks, I opted to not concentrate on bad news exclusively. So in addition to Sandy and gloomy climate science, space science is also featured!

STAFF November 9, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

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