Posts

February 26, 2015

+
11:00 PM | Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension (Book Review)
Sometimes you want to learn a “new” multiplication algorithm from a general interest math book, sometimes you want to learn why voting systems are doomed to imperfection, and sometimes... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
4:39 AM | Modern Day Alchemists Turn Toxic Runoff Into Valuable Pigments
Artists have long used odd things in their work – Marcel Duchamp’s urinal on a pedestal comes to mind – but even when unusual ingredients are less obvious, they can be present. As... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 25, 2015

+
11:13 PM | You Should Know: Dr. EE Just, Forgotten Father of Epigenetics
Welcome to the twenty-fourth installment of You Should Know. Today I am shining a Black History Month spotlight on #BLACKandSTEM historical figure and scientific leader, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Dr.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
6:35 PM | Critically Endangered Plant with Brilliant Purple Flowers Discovered in Hawaii
Here’s the crazy thing about living in Hawaii: Even though the islands are home to more than 18,000 unique species that live nowhere else on Earth, the people of Hawaii rarely see those native plants... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
3:09 PM | “New Beginnings” in Comic Form
Here at Symbiartic, we’re exploring themes from the perspectives of a fine artist (Glendon), a scientific illustrator (Kalliopi), and a science comic (moi). Our first theme is “New... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
12:06 AM | Shelter dogs are helping scientists sniff out world’s rarest gorillas
I think we can all agree that dogs are great at everything. Except being bad friends, they’re terrible at that. They’re especially great at having jobs, and increasingly, researchers are realising... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 24, 2015

+
10:44 PM | Effective Communication, Better Science
Science communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others. Thus to be... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
3:47 PM | Amur Leopard Population Booms—to 57
The world’s rarest big cats have become ever-so-slightly less rare over the past decade. According to a census released this week, there are now at least 57 Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 23, 2015

+
7:26 PM | Crowdsourcing Women in Science and Engineering
I could statistic you to death about how women are still underrepresented in science and engineering, but let me just give you this one about what dismal progress we’re making: between 2000 and 2011,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 22, 2015

+
11:38 PM | Project Superhero: Using Pop Culture to Inspire Kids’ Interest in Science
In my pop-sci writing, mainly here, at Psychology Today, and in the books Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, I use superheroes as foils for communicating science. I have encouraged other... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
8:42 PM | A Perfect Museum Photo
Liz Butler and a young artist hard at work at the ROM. Photo by Kiron Mukherjee. This photo, taken a few weeks at the Royal Ontario Museum by ROMKids Assistant Coordinator/force of nature Kiron... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
5:52 PM | 15 Surprises about Scientific American
Scientific American’s parent company, Macmillan Science & Education strives to be both a place where curious minds gather together to achieve great things for our customers—and where we can,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 21, 2015

+
3:41 PM | Finding the Right Confidence Interval
“Stick to your guns.” “Put your nickel down.” “Stand your ground.” If you’re a medical student, there is an excellent chance you have heard one of these in the course of your training. Confidence is... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
3:00 PM | Species Snapshot: Sunda Pangolin
Today is World Pangolin Day, an occasion to recognize the rapidly impending extinction of the eight species of scaly anteaters from Africa and Asia. Let’s take this as an opportunity to get a glimpse... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
10:46 AM | Physics Week in Review: February 21, 2015
Winter is in full force in the Northeast, so naturally science has some insights to share for those caught in the snowdrifts. For example: Don’t Jump Out of a Window Into Snow: But If You... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
2:00 AM | Science Goes To the Movies: A New TV Program
Heather Berlin, assistant professor of psychiatry and of neuroscience at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, is the co-host of the new CUNY TV program Science Goes to the Movies.   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 20, 2015

+
10:34 PM | Art Takes on Science: An Experiment in ScienceArt & Blogging
This July, Symbiartic will celebrate its 4th birthday along with the entire Scientific American Blog Network. To date, we have featured more than 230 science artists in over 460 posts as the field... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 19, 2015

+
7:44 PM | Look Out Lemurs: Climate Change Is Taking Your Land
As if rampant deforestation and poaching weren’t bad enough, climate change will have a devastating effect on the majority of Madagascar’s lemur species, most of them already imperiled, according to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
6:32 AM | The Pinnacle of Evil Volcano Lairs – At Least in This Solar System
A while back, we had a meme traveling around the geoblogosphere regarding evil volcano lairs. Many geologists came up with excellent lairs, as you shall see. But I decided we needed to think big as... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
2:28 AM | Is there joy in missing out?
Researchers talk about our attachment to social media in terms of the fear of missing out (FOMO). We can’t look away from our mobile devices because we might miss the possibility to make or... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
2:28 AM | Is there joy in missing out?
Researchers talk about our attachment to social media in terms of the fear of missing out (FOMO). We can’t look away from our mobile devices because we might miss the possibility to make or... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 15, 2015

+
9:52 PM | You Should Know: Michelle Hunter and Exploring Neuroscience Through Art
Welcome to the twenty-third installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and the Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing…Michelle Hunter... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 14, 2015

+
10:43 AM | Physics Week in Review (Valentine’s Edition): February 14, 2015
Today is Valentine’s Day. In love? Or just the opposite? Express how you feel with physics-inspired Valentines—and anti-Valentines for those who perhaps aren’t huge fans of the holiday.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 13, 2015

+
11:19 PM | What Does It Take to Change a Mind? A Phase Transition
This week’s Virtually Speaking Science episode featured yours truly in conversation with Laurie Paul, a philosopher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Editor's Pick
+
4:38 PM | Is AI Dangerous? That Depends…
Somewhere in the long list of topics that are relevant to astrobiology is the question of ‘intelligence’. Is human-like, technological intelligence likely to be common across the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
1:30 PM | Gauss and Germain on Pleasure and Passion
Sophie German, who was not allowed to attend university, was the first woman to make significant original contributions to mathematical research. Today, her story is both inspiring and heartbreaking.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Editor's Pick

February 12, 2015

+
3:45 PM | Critically Endangered Tarantula Links India and Sri Lanka
For thousands of years a thin bridge of sand and rock connected mainland India with the island of Sri Lanka. The 30-kilometer stretch known as Rama’s (or Adam’s) Bridge disappeared centuries... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
8:18 AM | Darwin Did Geology, Too! A Collection of Quotes for Your Darwin Day Enjoyment
It’s Darwin Day! Celebrating Darwin’s birthday is a lot of fun, and if you know the right skeptic’s group, there may be cake. With dinosaurs! But the reason why many Darwin Day... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 11, 2015

+
5:00 PM | Why Can’t Gravity Believers and Skeptics Get Along?
Multiple media outlets around the world covered a study published last week in the journal Nature Climate Change.* This study sought to explain why “believers” in climate change cannot get along with... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
3:45 PM | Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years
One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
123
63 Results