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Evan Lerner

Space has a way of inspiring the imagination more than almost any other scientific field. When we talk about making huge investments of money and brainpower to solve some looming problem–say, the need for renewable energy–we talk about making a new moon shot. And while some of the most exciting scientific discoveries are being made…

Tony Stark, the man behind the mask in the blockbuster Iron Man movies, doesn’t have any super powers, but he is supernaturally gifted in terms of intelligence, ingenuity, and sarcasm. His most amazing ability, however, may be the ability to make movie audiences suspend their disbelief regarding the science at the heart of his adventures.…

Chemistry is nothing if not a double-edged sword. The complex interplay of atoms and molecules is the very foundation of life (and better living) but that complexity also means that a even a slight alteration of a safe substance’s chemical composition can make it into something exquisitely deadly. So please give Deborah Blum, chemistry enthusiast…

This fall, more than 500 science and engineering organizations, thousands of scientists, and even more young people, will gather in Washington D.C. for a one-of-a-kind festival. The USA Science & Engineering Festival has made ScienceBlogs its blogging partner for the run up to the big event, and have been serving up a ton of cool…

Two weeks ago (on Earth Day, no less), what is destined to become the biggest ecological disaster in history began as the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded. Situated 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, the well is still gushing oil and the growing slick is now making landfall. While this disaster will continue to unfold…

On Friday, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Chris Mooney presented “Unruly Democracy: Science Blogs and the Public Sphere,” a conference that brought together Seed, Discover, The Boston Globe, ClimateProgress, and more. The ScienceBlogs contingent included Joy Moore, Seed Media Group’s VP of Global Partnerships, and bloggers Jessica Palmer of Bioephemera and Dr. Isis…

When James Hrynyshyn launched The Island of Doubt in five years ago, he directed his efforts at dismantling “pseudoskeptical arguments from those who have trouble accepting reality.” This meant covering a variety of subjects, from climate change, to creationism, to alternative medicine, and more. And while this has put The Island of Doubt into august…

Think of an Elephant

There’s an old parable about blind men and an elephant; each touches a different part of the great beast and comes to a wildly different conclusion about what stands before them. This parable shares some similarities with science, since we’re all probing the secrets if the universe in different places and ways. Unlike the ancient…

Stephen Hawking may have been the only person to play himself on Star Trek, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to sign Earth up for the United Federation of Planets. The world’s most famous living scientist recently reiterated his warning that the search for intelligent life on other worlds could lead to a scenario not…

Two Decades of Hubble

After a week of excitement?complex volcanism, the 40th Earth Day, and cinematic cephalopods?the weekend brought us the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch. On April 24, 1990, Space Shuttle Discovery lugged the silvery tube of mirrors, circuitry, and solar panels into low earth orbit; now both the shuttle and telescope are in the…