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Archives for June, 2007

Kids Like Science Weird

Started on June 3 by medical writer, “20-something geek,” and ScienceBlogs fan Mina Murray, Weird Science is a blog written specifically for adolescents. But with posts on levitating light bulbs, antidepressants for pets, and new fingerprinting techniques, Weird Science will tickle kids of any age who are interested in the hows and whys of new…

Cool Video Alert

Talk about your daily candy. This is the video for Fujiya & Miyagi’s single “Ankle Injuries,” directed by Wade Shotter, and it’s all done with…dice!

The Meaning of Life

The August issue of Seed hits newsstands today, and ScienceBlog’s own Carl Zimmer wrote the cover story: “The Meaning of Life” (page 68), which explores the interface between philosophy and science. Also in the new issue: PZ‘s column, this time discussing mammalian vertebrae (page 24); an essay by Chris Mooney on the role of science…

Seven New Wonders

Can you name the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? (Neither could I. To refresh your memory, they are, in chronological order: The Great Pyramids of Giza, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and…

Biosphere 2, that famous research boondoggle, has entered a new stage in its lifecycle: condo and ranchette proliferation.

Virtual Crowding

When does a large crowd become a dangerous mob? Where should architects put emergency exits to best anticipate how people will react under sudden fear? It’s hard for scientists to answer these questions, mostly because the environmental situations that incite crowd behaviors can’t be simulated in real life. As Arizona State University geographer Paul Torrens…

Aaaah, wilderness. Fresh air, the smell of pines, the sounds of songbirds chirping…quelling the urge to throw an elbow in Central Park on a sunny Sunday morning. Intuition tells us that time spent outside is good for our mental health, and myriad studies affirm it. Schools that incorporate a nature-based curriculum have higher test scores…

Summer is nearly here, and beef is in the air: or at least in the mainstream media. A cursory search of Google news earlier this week turned up eighteen different stories about beef posted within a twenty-four hour period, among them: South Korea Opens to US Beef Imports, Pampered Beef Cattle Generate a Niche Profit,…

Don’t Know Much Biology

This deserves a read: University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne has published an essay at Edge taking on Republican presidential hopeful Senator Sam Brownback’s (R-KS) views on faith and evolution, as expressed in Brownback’s May 31 New York Times op-ed. The Senator, who raised his hand at a Republican presidential debate in May to indicate…

Say hello to Google Ancient Earth? Today’s high-resolution satellites are now snapping photos of millennia-old archaeological sites, and may be the key to their preservation. Every year, tourists flock to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids and the Temple of Luxor. But experts estimate that more than 99 percent of the region’s archaeological sites are…