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Archives for April, 2007

Blogging and Fair Use

How do copyright and fair use laws, framed before the internet was a twinkle in the eye, apply in the world of blogging? The answer, as a case that unfolded on ScienceBlogs this week demonstrates, may be “not so clearly.” Ergo, we’ve asked a few experts and stakeholders to weigh in on the issue of…

IPCC Confirms: Sky IS Falling.

2050: Warming temperatures melt the glaciers off Kilimanjaro (and other equatorial mountains). 2100: Climate change drives a quarter of all plant and animal species to extinction. 2200: Melting ice changes the distribution of Earth’s mass enough to actually speed the rotation of the Earth.

Benjamin Cohen on Blacksburg

Blacksburg, says ScienceBlogger Benjamin Cohen in Tuesday’s issue of The Morning News, has a “bucolic town” reputation so entrenched as to almost have become a cliche. Cohen spent 11 years in Blacksburg—long enough to know the area’s natural beauty deeply, and also to know that no town is simple enough to be reduced to a…

Farms of the Sky

In the urban metropolis, a small patch of rooftop garden is often the closest you can get to green landscape. But what if skyscraper roofs held not just geranium patches and brick patios, but full-scale farms that produced fruit and veggies year-round, generated clean energy, and purified wastewater?

Photos from the Beyond

New York’s American Museum of Natural History presents Beyond, a new IMAX show of 30 tweaked–and stunning!–space photos. Michael Benson, the brains behind the exhibit, spent years browsing the digital archives from NASA and the European Space Agency, selecting photos from Mars, Venus, and Jupiter’s moons, Europa and Io. He enhanced the photos to highlight…

Lloyd Godson, a 29-year-old Australian marine biologist, spent the last 13 days submerged in his local wetlands in a home-grown submarine. He was fulfilling a long-time dream.

Meet freelance journalist Enrique J. Gili of commonground, who’d like to remind everyone that Payment Must Be Received Within 30 Days of Date on Invoice. What’s your name? Enrique J. Gili, third in a long line of Enriques. What do you do when you’re not blogging? I’m a gainfully under-employed freelance writer covering LOHAS (Lifestyle…

Sea of People Takes Manhattan

Today, New York City is wringing itself out after a late-season Nor’easter. Saturday, it dealt with another kind of flood. On April 14, a “Sea of People” dressed in blue and bearing boats, beach balls, and other watery accoutrements descended on lower Manhattan. They gathered in Battery Park at noon to hear brief speeches by…

Lego My Scientist

Alan Saunders, a.k.a. Kaptain Kobold, is a 42-year-old computer programmer and former biology student from Staines, England. He uses Lego blocks to depict famous scientists at work. “I have no idea why I started making Lego scientist scenes,” says Saunders, who’s married with two children, one cat, two guinea pigs, “and couple of cockroaches.” His…

(Dr. Porter discovers there’s a physical world, too!) Today meet Sandra Porter of Discovering Biology in a Digital World, a bioinformaticist, bioinformatics teacher, and expert detector of bull excrement. What do you do when you’re not blogging? Lots of things!