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August 27, 2014

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3:52 PM | Dumbo Octopus Gives Rare View [Video]
New, stunning video from a deep-sea vehicle reveals a rare view of the Dumbo octopus. Don’t let the name fool you—the Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) is no dummy. And those protrusions on the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Childhood of Tomorrow: Simon Stålenhag Interview
Some artists find a synthesis of style and subject that causes their work to resonate deeply within us. We experience new memories and ideas while we look at their images. The paintings of Simon... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 26, 2014

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5:49 PM | Agroecosystems, Illustrated
I didn’t set out to draw science comics; I wanted to be an all-around science communicator. I just happened to find my voice with comics. But lately I’ve been wanting to do more–I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:32 PM | Catch Me If You Ketchikan: <i>Scientific American</i> Alaska Cruise, Part 1
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Ketchikan, Alaska. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:33 PM | The Great Alien Debate (Part 1)
This post is one in a series covering, and expanding on, topics in the book The Copernicus Complex (Scientific American/FSG).           The conversation usually goes like... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 25, 2014

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7:33 PM | SciArt Destinations: The Paleolithic Caves of Cantabria, Spain
Think of the last time you were in the presence of something really old. Was it a cherished possession of one of your family members? Was it a used book or antique that spoke to you from a dusty... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:27 PM | These tiny scorpions would like to perform an important inspection of your old book collection, please
Book scorpions are the best/worst thing to happen to books, because book scorpions! But also book scorpions… Properly known as pseudoscorpions, these tiny, tiny creatures have a fondness for old... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:48 AM | South Napa Earthquake: Which Fault’s at Fault?
What the [insert expletive of choice here] is happening? That’s pretty much the first question that traverses most of our minds when the formerly-solid ground starts rocking and rolling. Those... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:13 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Sins of the Past [SPOILERS]
If you were wondering how Manh(a)ttan was planning to up the stakes yet again after the death of Sid Liao and the ensuing fallout, the latest episode (“A New Nuclear Cosmology”) should... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 24, 2014

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9:45 PM | How to Stay Safe in an Earthquake – Napa Earthquake Reminds Us to Prepare Now
California residents in the Napa area got a rude awakening early this morning when an earthquake of roughly magnitude 6.0 shook the valley. It jolted folks awake (and jolted the already-awake folks)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 23, 2014

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7:34 PM | National Park Service’s 98th Birthday Means Free Entrance for You
In honor of The National Park Service’s 98th Birthday, they are waiving the entrance fees of the parks that charge them. Established in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:40 AM | Physics Week in Review: August 23, 2014
Summer is winding down, but the ongoing drought in much of the southwestern US shows no sign of abating. In fact, it’s so dry in California (where we live) that the ground is literally rising.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 22, 2014

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12:30 PM | What Is the Goal of a Math History Class?
I’ll be teaching a math history class for the first time this semester. I’m excited to be teaching it, but I’ve noticed that preparing for this class has been very different from preparing for other... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:22 AM | From Firey Flow to Cool Art
Humans have a long tradition of taking rocks and making pretty things with them. Usually, when you think of sculpture, you think of marble, right? I mean, of course, marble – marble’s a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 21, 2014

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9:51 PM | Shark Week loses nine million viewers, but Discovery says “everyone is absolutely thrilled”
Shark Week is over, and as the week has progressed, the flood of negative press about Discovery’s favorite time of the year has weakened to a trickle. Instead, news organizations are talking about how well Discovery did this year in spite of the backlash. Shark Week “set records” say the headlines, and it’s no shock: […]The post Shark Week loses nine million viewers, but Discovery says “everyone is absolutely thrilled” appeared first on Science Sushi.
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7:54 PM | A Plan to Rescue the Blue Planet
Most of us experience the ocean looking out from a beach during vacation or maybe flying over it in a plane. It seems vast, ancient and invulnerable. It is hard to imagine that up to 80 percent of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:32 PM | Octopus-Inspired Camouflage Flashes to Life in Smart Material
Octopuses and their cephalopod cousins are the undisputed masters of disguise. An octopus can change its color, texture and luminosity faster than you can say “camouflage.” So far our... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 20, 2014

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12:00 PM | The Perfect 46 Movie Available Worldwide for Streaming Viewing
Back in April, I featured the thought provoking film The Perfect 46 here at SciAm. I was impressed with the show and highly recommend it. Fortunately for us, it has gone beyond the film festival... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 19, 2014

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7:17 PM | Shakespeare and Science Part 2
Dan Falk discusses his latest book, The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe.     -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:45 PM | Shakespeare and Science Part 1
Dan Falk discusses his latest book, The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright's Universe.     -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:00 PM | 10 Years of Extinction Countdown: A Lot of Good in the Face of Mass Losses
Ten years. Nearly 1,200 articles. I have no idea how many species. I have no idea how many tears. *** When I started what was then called “Extinction Blog” on August 19, 2004, I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 18, 2014

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7:27 PM | Crop Diversity Is Key to Agricultural Climate Adaptation
News out of Harvard suggests that not only will climate change affect how food is grown, but it will also lower the nutrition levels of what is grown—wheat, corn and rice in particular. While this... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:41 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: An Appetite for Self-Destruction
The residents of the Los Alamos base camp receive a special visitor in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan — none other than Niels Bohr, he of the infamous model of the atom and one of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 16, 2014

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1:00 PM | Sharkageddon may be the worst Shark Week show *ever*
Thursday night, I sat down with more than 15 scientists to watch Shark Week. Most of them don’t watch the annual spectacle—they’ve become embittered after years of Discovery’s fear mongering, mockumentaries, and lies. But this particular episode was different—it was all about our home, Hawaii. We all wondered how the sharks that roam our islands’ […]The post Sharkageddon may be the worst Shark Week show *ever* appeared first on Science Sushi.
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9:21 AM | Physics Week in Review: August 16, 2014
This week on Virtually Speaking Science, I chatted with astrophysicist Katie Freese, author of a new book, The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter. Also, regular readers may have noticed... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 14, 2014

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8:09 PM | Tear Gas: the chemical warfare agent used on demonstrators in Ferguson
The clash between police and protestors in Ferguson, Missouri has escalated significantly over the past few days. Police dogs and handguns have been swapped out for tanks and assault rifles. The protestors are being shot at with rubber bullets and wooden baton rounds, but perhaps the most disturbing images surfacing are those of police suppressing […]The post Tear Gas: the chemical warfare agent used on demonstrators in Ferguson appeared first on Science Sushi.
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4:07 PM | Sea Star Deaths along the West Coast Elicit Close Study
People woke early to greet the low tide at Cannon Beach, Oregon, in late July. They wandered through sand to a pillar of stone at the edge of the Pacific called Haystack Rock. Some were looking up at... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 PM | Deespsea Challenge Hits Theaters; Here’s the Biology Behind the Film
Note: James Cameron’s National Geographic film “Deepsea Challenge 3D” documenting his trip to Challenger Deep at the bottom of the Mariana Trench has been released at last —... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:55 AM | These Spider Fangs Aren’t Going To Photograph Themselves
Here is a photograph of a Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus: I won’t explain the biology of this delightful animal here – you may read about it at Wikipedia in greater... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 13, 2014

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10:11 PM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Human Cost of Wartime Scientific Progress [SPOILERS]
Last week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan closed with a bombshell — the shooting of physicist Sid Liao, who was being interrogated on suspicion of leaking classified documents — and as... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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