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Google Earth reveals swastika-shaped navy barracks

This image from Google Earth shows the swastika-shaped barracks at the Coronado Naval base near San Diego. Following objections from the Anti-Defamation League, the U.S. Navy has set aside $600,000 of its 2008 budget for landscaping and rooftop adjustments that will camouflage the shape of the building. “We told the Navy this was an incredibly…

The insulta?

Both EurekAlert and ScienceDaily have a story called “Sense of taste different in women with anorexia nervosa”. The stories have been “adapted” from a press release issued earlier today by the University of California, San Diego. This “adaption” is nothing more than a reproduction of the press release, spelling mistakes included: …a new study finds…

An erratum

Katelyn Sack writes: Another blogger has sent me a link to your post “Neurological alphabet fridge magnets” asking for more information about my “Baby, Be A Brain Surgeon!” painted tile series, featured on The Science Creative Quarterly this Tues., Sept. 11. Although perhaps the images of the tiles should be printed on lighter material, laminated,…

Brain tattoos

When Carl Zimmer asked scientists to send him photos of their scientific tattoos, the response was huge, as was the interest in the photos he collected – together, the original post on his blog and the photo set he uploaded to Flickr have been viewed about 200,000 times, and have even been mentioned in the…

Reed Elsevier launches open access web portal

Reed Elsevier is experimenting with open access. The publishing giant has just launched a web portal called OncologySTAT. The service is aimed at physicians, who will be required to register their personal information at the site in order to gain immediate and free access to research papers from 100 of Reed Elsevier’s journals. Elsevier plans…

A biomimetic building: The walls have eyes

The current issue of The Economist has an intersting article about biologically-inspired architecture: So far, the use of biomimetic features in buildings has been driven as much by aesthetics as by function, and has been limited to relatively simple, passive systems. The Arab World Institute in Paris, for example, has an array of mechanical, eye-like…

Beautiful libraries

You don’t have to be a bibliophile to enjoy this compendium of beautiful libraries. 

Amazing boomerang photo

The trajectory of a foam boomerang with LED lights, by Michael Murphree. From an article called The science of boomerangs, in last month’s issue of Popular Mechanics.

Post a comment, win a holiday

To celebrate the fast-approaching 500,000th reader comment, ScienceBlogs is running a contest. To enter, all you need to do is post a comment on any of the blogs in the SB network, using a valid email address. Alternatively, you can sign up to the new weekly newsletter. When the 500,000th comment is posted, the contest…

Home sweet home

You’ve probably gathered that I’ve spent a long weekend in New York City with other ScienceBloggers and members of the SEED magazine team. I think it’s fair to say that a good time was had by all. I’ve posted some of the pics I took out there, but I haven’t written anything about  the trip.…