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SciFoo: $1 billion

If you had $1 billion to spend on just one project, what would it be? Here's how an astrobiologist, a broadcaster, a skeptic and a Nobel laureate, amongst others, would spend the money.Filmed at the 2010 Science Foo Camp in California, this is the last of four videos in this series...

March 3, 2011 — THE EDITORS

SciFoo: Imagining the future

Which technology will have the greatest impact in the next 10 years: the Internet, genomics or geoengineering? Are you optimistic about the future, or pessimistic?

March 1, 2011 — THE EDITORS

Book review: Pink Boots and the Machete by Mireya Mayor

As a little boy, I was always drawn to books about wilderness, exotic places, explorers and wild animals. I hungrily read accounts of real events, from Joy Adamson to Gerald Durrell, and works of fiction, from The Jungle Book to The White Fang, from Henryk Sienkiewicz's In Desert and Wilderness to the entire Doctor Dolittle series.And I never outgrew the genre, excitedly checking out new titles, but now with a somewhat raised bar - adventure is not enough, I also want good science in the story...

March 1, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Talking Science and the Google Science Fair [Video]

"We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated,” said President Obama in his recent State of the Union address, “but the winner of the science fair.”The first Google Science Fair, for which Scientific American is a partner, will do just that...

February 28, 2011 — Mariette DiChristina

Leif Robinson, 1939-2011: A pioneer of astronomy journalism

I got the news today that one of the great figures in astronomy journalism and amateur astronomy, Leif Robinson, former editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, died yesterday at 71.Leif served as editor in chief of S&T from 1980 to 2000 and was a regular fixture at gatherings of professional and amateur astronomers alike...

February 28, 2011 — George Musser

Can we get off oil now?

How many wars, deaths, recessions and environmental disasters will it take before Americans, and their Congress, finally make a decisive move to reduce the country's dependence on oil?

February 28, 2011 — Mark Fischetti

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