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Dark Energy, Dark Universe

Last week, I was delighted to visit one of my favorite places in NYC, the American Museum of Natural History. Over a decade ago, I served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and it stands out as one of the best ‘jobs’ I’ve had.

December 11, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

British Storm Brings Up History’s First Work of Social Media

The enormous winter storm Xaver currently battering northern Europe, coming only a month after another one, brings to mind another famous storm that hit England late in the fall — the unnamed blow that generated Daniel Defoe’s nonfiction masterpiece The Storm, considered by some the first work of modern journalism.

December 6, 2013 — Scott Huler
Photo Friday: Citizen Scientist – Testing EV potential on the road

Photo Friday: Citizen Scientist – Testing EV potential on the road

Paris’s autolib car share program is, in essence, one of the world’s largest real-world electric vehicle testing laboratories. This photo shows one of the enrollment centers, where new users can register for the service, along with two of the program’s electric vehicles.

November 29, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Helium on 34th Street

Helium on 34th Street

This Thursday, many of us will begin celebrating by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a tradition for me… In the 1980’s, I stood in the crowd a few times, and my favorite part wasn’t the floats and musicians – it was, of course, the great big helium balloons.

November 25, 2013 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Photo Friday: Solar Power in Japan

This month, the Kyocera Corporation announced the launch of the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant. This 70 MW solar field covers an area the size of 27 baseball fields and cost about 276 million USD to construct.

November 22, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
In NC, the Science Show Doesn’t Go On

In NC, the Science Show Doesn’t Go On

You remember sea-level rise, and North Carolina. I won’t bore you — the legislature was against even measuring it, and a lot of people noticed.

November 19, 2013 — Scott Huler

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