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Staten Island's "Bluebelt" Doesn't Fight Superstorms, but Plays Crucial Role in Managing Excess Rainfall

During an eerily foreshadowing talk I attended the week before Sandy came crashing ashore, New York City’s climate resilience advisor, Leah Cohen, assured the small attending audience that PlaNYC 2030, a tentative map for the city’s sustainable growth, outlined no such plans to “buy back” developed areas in the city—even those dangerously close to the water’s edge.

November 9, 2012 — Kathleen Raven

Friday Weird Science: dragging sheep for SCIENCE

Sci is at Neurotic Physiology, where today's Friday Weird Science concerns sheep. Specifically, what it takes to drag them around on their butts. While many of you may think that no one would drag a sheep around on its butt when you could just lead it around...well you've never tried to shear a sheep.

November 9, 2012 — Scicurious

Achilles Had Only 2 Heels

Recently, I came across the headline “Scientists Find Achilles’ Heel of Cancer Cells”, describing the discovery of a histone deactylase (HDAC11) as a novel target for cancer therapies.

November 9, 2012 — Jalees Rehman

New carnivorous harp sponge discovered in deep sea

Chondrocladia lyra, a new species of carnivorous harp sponge. Credit: MBARI You may remember the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) from such discoveries as the Yeti crab, the squid with elbows and my personal favourite, the pigbutt worm, and now they're back with footage of a new species of carnivorous sponge.Seventeen years ago, Jean Vacelet and Nicole Boury-Esnault from the Centre of Oceanology at France's Aix-Marseille University provided the first real evidence that a sponge could be more than, well, a sponge.

November 8, 2012 — Becky Crew

The Energy Opportunity in Wasted Heat

For every one unit of energy that is converted into electricity in power plants today, two units of energy are thrown away. This wasted energy is primarily in the form of heat – or thermal energy - and, there is technology available today that can turn this waste into a usable energy stream.

November 8, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Occam, me and a conformational medley

William of Occam, whose principle of parsimony has been used and misused (Image: WikiCommons) The philosopher and writer Jim Holt who has written the sparkling new book “Why Does The World Exist?” recently wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times, gently reprimanding physicists to stop being ‘churlish’ and appreciate the centuries-old interplay between physics and philosophy.

November 8, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Coral Recruits Goby Bodyguards Against Seaweed Assassins

Coral under siege by the seaweed Chlorodesmis fastigiata Just below the ocean's surface, a war is being waged. Coral reefs are under constant assault by seaweeds which seek to take control, stealing the coral's prime sunlit location for themselves.

November 8, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

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