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Archives for May, 2007

On TOPP of the World

We tend to think of alien life as that which may habitate other planets. But the vast, uncharted expanse of our own oceans is, in many ways, just as alien. To get a better idea of the ecology and dynamics of ocean life, marine biologists, oceanographers, and engineers for the past few years have been…

Meet Sandra Kiume, the passionate, Canadian hat-crocheter, science writer, and co-blogger of Omni Brain. What’s your name? Sandra Kiume What do you do when you’re not blogging? Other forms of writing, reading, crochet (hats and jewelry), cooking, volunteer work, yoga, hiking, kayaking. What is your blog called? Omni Brain.

Painting in Awe of Science

“Mythical Flying Trilobite Fossil.” Oil painted onto a slab of shale that the artist’s wife found discarded from a roof in Toronto. Copyright Glendon Mellow. The Flying Trilobite blog was started two months ago by 32-year-old Glendon Mellow, a Toronto-based painter who’s inspired by evolutionary theory and “particularly fond of Naples yellow.” Mellow is also…

Meet Ian Hart, the athletic and self-confessedly “BoBo” author of Integrity of Science, a blog about public policy and the abuse of science—a fan of Caravaggio and detractor of strip malls. What’s your name? Ian Hart What do you do when you’re not blogging? I’m the Communications Director for the Pacific Institute, a nonpartisan, independent…

Our Darlin’ Clementine

This week, in the Mexican oil city of Tampico, an orb-like, robotic submarine begins its 1,000-foot plunge to the bottom of an underwater cavern, the largest sinkhole in the world. As part of the NASA-sponsored DEPTHX project, the autonomous robot, endearingly called “Clementine,” will probe exotic rocks and microbes that may be the key to…

Ah, science fairs. To the left, observe my colleague, fellow Seed-ster Lee Billings, feeling the science fair glow at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest and most acclaimed gathering of pre-college-age scientists. Held each May, the fair brings together 1,500 students from over…

Another Giant Leap

Nope, it’s not the movie trailer for Armageddon II. The clip below is a new animation from NASA meant to get us excited about its Constellation Program and our upcoming trip–erm, 13 years from now–back to the Moon.

A new Google Earth overlay allows you to track the progress of HMS Endurance. Sure, it lacks the glamour of Shackelton’s initial voyage–but armchair explorers don’t have to eat seals.

Looking at religious and monumental architecture the world over, you might be tempted to assume that a high ceiling has always been correlated with feelings of expansiveness and grandiosity, and more confined spaces with homelier contemplation. Nevertheless, no one had investigated the effects of ceiling height on human emotion and cognition until now. University of…

The Earth isn’t the only thing that’s hotter than ever. Rob Reiner’s famously clueless rock-and-roll trio is reuniting for an unexpected reason: to save the world from global warming.