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Archives for March, 2008

This week, Jane of See Jane Compute considered the question: Is computer science really a science? She wrote: The more I thought about it, the more I realized how complex this question really is…Computer science is in many respects a tool. It’s a discipline that has its reach into many other disciplines. And that’s one…

If you like your cheeseburgers double and your redwoods giant, you may just like the large versions of this week’s channel photos. Several of the photos—those featured on the Life Science, Physical Science, Environment, Humanities & Social Science, and Technology channels—come from Felice Frankel and George M. Whitesides’ new book, On the Surface of Things;…

These stories made headlines during the past week at our European partner site, ScienceBlogs.de. GM Potato Goes to German Bundestag Tobias Meier, who has posted before at his blog WeiterGen about his concerns regarding the EU procedures for authorizing genetically modified food, is amused to find that the German Parliament’s FDP (Free Democratic Party) faction…

On March 19, the prolific British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke died at age 90. At his 90th birthday party, in December, Clarke made three wishes: for the world to embrace cleaner energy resources, for a lasting peace in his adopted home, Sri Lanka, and for evidence of extraterrestrial beings. So…Which of Clarke’s three…

For your weekly viewing pleasure, here are the larger versions of this week’s channel photos. Several of the photos—those featured on the Life Science, Physical Science, Environment, Humanities & Social Science, and Technology channels—come from Felice Frankel and George M. Whitesides’ new book, On the Surface of Things; you can read more about the inspiration…

What’s New on ScienceBlogs.de

Affirmative action for women professors, inaccurate science at the movies, education and privilege, and a YouTube vid not for the weak of stomach: it’s this week’s postcard from Europe. Women-Only Science The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research is opting for more female scientists. Two hundred women-only professorships are to be created, says Minister…

Reader Poll: e or ??

On Friday, 3/14, math enthusiasts worldwide celebrated ? Day, in honor of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (approximately 3.14). Back in August, Chad asked his readers which irrational number they preferred, ? or e—the base for the exponential function (approximately 2.72). He went with e, because “you just have to love…

Happy Pi Day!

Today, March 14th (3.14, get it?), math geeks around the world are celebrating pi. Seed’s NYC headquarters did, too, with–what else?–pie!

For your weekly viewing pleasure, here are the larger versions of this week’s channel photos. Several of the photos—those featured on the Life Science, Physical Science, Environment, Humanities & Social Science, and Technology channels—come from Felice Frankel and George M. Whitesides’ new book, On the Surface of Things; you can read more about the inspiration…

Prismatic Soap Bubble ScienceBlogs fans will have surely noticed the stunning images featured on our Life Science, Physical Science (above), Environment, Humanities and Technology channels. They’re taken from On the Surface of Things: Images of the Extraordinary in Science, by Harvard organic chemist George Whitesides and photographer Felice Frankel. Frankel, who heads the Envisioning Science…