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Evan Lerner

Yesterday, ScienceBlogs launched Food Frontiers, a blog sponsored by PepsiCo. This isn’t the first time we’ve hosted sponsored blogs–recent ones included GE, Shell, and Invitrogen–but it is the first time we’ve received this level of criticism about it. Frankly, we at ScienceBlogs did not do a good job of communicating what these sponsored blogs are…

The Scientific Zombie

Before Zombie Day comes to a close, I want to do a little braaaaaaaaaaain dump on where zombies actually fit into the scientific landscape (and to thank Joseph Hewitt for the amazing art he provided for all of us. As a huge Evil Dead fan, I especially appreciate my copy of the Necronomicon. Groovy.) My…

Team USA’s World Cup dreams may have been dashed by Ghana over the weekend, but there’s nary a bad word to be said by the performance of its goalkeeper, Tim Howard, who again proved he’s capable of hanging with his peers from the global soccer powerhouses. But besides his spectacular saves, the one thing World…

…is over here, where you can also see a live stream and comment thread. I’m in there via the Kimmel Center’s liveblogging booth, but you can also follow me (or the #WSF10 tag) on Twitter. We’re going live to Norway as we speak, so tune in!

For those following the progress of BP’s “top kill” maneuver, whether via reports or their underwater webcam, it’s hard to tell what exactly is going on. It seemed that the injection of drilling mud, assisted by the previously unsuccessful “junk shot” method (which involves shooting shredded tires into the gushing vent), has stemmed the flow…

Memories of Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner, polymath, puzzle-master, and philosopher, died on Sunday at the age of 95. Though he never formally studied math more complicated than calculus at the high school level, Gardner was perhaps best known for his interest in “recreational mathematics,” the series of math and logic puzzles he published in books and magazine columns for…

The First Synthetic Cell

After years of painstaking research and experimentation, genomic pioneer J. Craig Venter has accomplished a long-awaited goal: he and his team at the J. Craig Venter Institute have introduced a synthetic genome into bacterial cells that can grow and replicate itself. Some have gone as far as calling this engineered bacterium a new form of…

The 2010 World Science Festival

We are just two short weeks away from this year’s World Science Festival, and things are heating up. For those not in the know, the World Science Festival is a one-of-a-kind series of talks, tours, performances, and panels all designed to convey the wonder and awesomeness of science to the rest of the world. And…

Kenny Rogers may have outlined a comprehensive life philosophy in terms of poker strategy, but in his pantheon of axioms, more important than knowing when to hold and/or fold ‘em is knowing when to walk away. Unfortunately, life is more often like a slot machine than a game of poker. According to new neuroscience research,…

As one clever commenter at Effect Measure’s farewell post observed, the past tense of Revere is “Revered.” And while we’re sad to see one of the longest running ScienceBloggers go, Revere’s departure is matched with the arrival of The Pump Handle, fantastic public health group blog, principally maintained by George Washington University’s Liz Borkowski and…