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November 19, 2014

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3:00 AM | The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch
By Lewis Dartnell Synopsis: How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book […]

November 06, 2014

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12:27 PM | Binding P’s and Q’s, Minding T’s and I’s
When it comes to nailing down the location of P and Q in plant Photosystem II, you have to be careful how you cross your t’s and dot your i’s. A longstanding question in the area of Photosystem II research involves the complement of proteins on the lumenal side of the enzyme in plants vs. […]

November 01, 2014

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5:46 PM | No, academic science hasn’t overcome sexism
[Update: Emily Willingham wrote a far more thorough take-down of the New York Times piece than mine. Please go read it!] I confess I am often guilty of science boosterism. Partly it’s an occupational hazard: most of the stories I write are news items, discussing recently published papers on new experiments or observations. While I […]

October 31, 2014

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2:42 PM | IPCC: Denying the Reality of Climate Change
By Stephanie Lepage General Science subject editor Sunday marks the release of the Summary for Policymakers of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is an international panel of scientists, backed by the UN and charged with assessing the current state of climate change and climate science. With the release of the synthesis report upon us, it’s just a matter of time before so-called “climate change deniers” […]

October 27, 2014

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Katie McKissick
Special thanks to Katie McKissick for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – What’s in Your Genes?: From the Color of Your Eyes to the Length of Your Life, a Revealing Look at […]

October 24, 2014

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2:50 PM | The Many Interacting Worlds Hypothesis
Howard Wiseman, a theoretical quantum physicist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and his colleagues have come up with an entirely new theory to explain the weird behavior of particles at the quantum level. The idea is that quantum effects result from classical universes interacting with each other. Classical physics is essentially the physics of [...]

October 23, 2014

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3:10 AM | Margie Beilharz Reviews At the edge of uncertainty: 11 discoveries taking science by surprise
Review by Margie Beilharz At the edge of uncertainty: 11 discoveries taking science by surprise By Michael Brooks Author’s Homepage: http://www.michaelbrooks.org Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrMichaelBrooks Just as explorers today can’t expect to find new continents, much of modern […]
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3:00 AM | At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise
By Michael Brooks Synopsis: The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science – and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven’t stopped: here, Michael […]

October 22, 2014

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12:30 PM | CSPC2014: Scientists are citizens, too
by Brian Owens General Science editor One of the common themes at last week’s Canadian Science Policy Conference in Halifax was the role of scientific evidence in policymaking, and specifically how scientists should go about providing it. I was disappointed to hear several of the politicians and policymakers – and no small number of scientists – repeat the same tired mantra that researchers should just provide data, and keep their nose out of the politics. Frank McKenna, the […]
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