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Will This Be The Comet Of The Century?

Will This Be The Comet Of The Century?

It may not look like much now, but ISON has the potential to become a Great Comet (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD (Tony Farnham)) NASA's Deep Impact probe has captured images of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), as it moves past the orbital distance of Jupiter on what may be its first trip inwards to the Sun, and possibly a spectacular show.Comets are notoriously fickle beasts.

February 6, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
#scio13 Wrapup: On Identity

#scio13 Wrapup: On Identity

Kate Clancy and I were lucky enough to be able to lead a session on Identity at this year's Science Online. What are your various identities? How do they impact your writing?

February 6, 2013 — Scicurious
Is Nuclear Power Doomed to Dwindle?

Is Nuclear Power Doomed to Dwindle?

Courtesy of Progress Energy The nuclear reactor near Crystal River north of Tampa Bay will never fission again. Duke Energy has decided to shutter the troubled nuclear power plant, which has been shut down since 2009 thanks to a crack in the dome that shields the reactor.

February 5, 2013 — David Biello
Black History Month: Sharing news of Achievement, Innovation & Inspiration in STEM and other fields

Black History Month: Sharing news of Achievement, Innovation & Inspiration in STEM and other fields

Blacks In Tech 28 to Innovate Black History Month Celebration It is easier to cultivate a pre-existing interest in STEM fields than create it where none exists, states the report…Of the STEM disciplines, male students tend to gravitate toward fields of engineering and technology, while females far prefer science fields, including chemistry, biology, environmental science, and marine biology...Ethnically, Asian Americans express the highest interest in STEM fields, both currently and historically.

February 5, 2013 — DNLee
Putting Science on Screen (A Tale Told In Tweets)

Putting Science on Screen (A Tale Told In Tweets)

What responsibilities do filmmakers have in terms of scientific accuracy? Usually, I argue that filmmakers are storytellers first, and while scientific accuracy (or plausibility) can often support a narrative, the first responsibility of the filmmaker is to weave a captivating tale.

February 5, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Sorry, the Government Is Not Creating Free Nationwide Wi-Fi Networks

Sorry, the Government Is Not Creating Free Nationwide Wi-Fi Networks

You would be forgiven for thinking that the U.S. government just announced a plan to build a free public Wi-Fi system. After the Washington Post ran a front-page story on Monday morning that began “The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month,” others picked up on the incredible story.

February 5, 2013 — Michael Moyer

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