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October 7, 2008

Big problems can have small solutions. That’s what I learned this week when I visited Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials on Long Island, New York. Research in the […]

October 2, 2008

“Tail today, feet tomorrow. Mutation is good at” These sentences were painted on a billboard I noticed while walking near Cooper Square in Manhattan. I thought to myself that […]

September 12, 2008

Do you think “Large Hadron Collider” (LHC) is a clunky name for the world’s biggest atom smasher? If so, you might be able to do something about it. The Royal […]

September 9, 2008

It can be a little frustrating to know that our excess energy consumption is almost certainly driving up atmospheric CO2 concentrations, contributing to global warming, and the only thing that […]

July 14, 2008

I frequently sport my double-helix earrings, black ceramic ovals etched with the famous shape of our hereditary material. I snatched up these handmade gems at a craft fair a few […]

May 23, 2008

I never really liked computer games until I saw one that might help me win the Nobel Prize. A free new computer game from the University of Washington called Foldit […]

April 8, 2008

Are you a stargazer? If you just happened to be staring up at the constellation Bootes (the “Bear Watcher”) at 2:12 AM Eastern Standard Time on March 19th and you […]

March 31, 2008

The best new technology often comes from its exact opposite—nature. Case in point, the Humboldt squid, which manage to use a hard, razor sharp beak to kill and rip up […]

February 20, 2008

Last Friday, while the staff of Scienceline was at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Boston, science in general and science journalism in particular got […]

February 9, 2008

Here are the tastiest technology tidbits, pulled from this past week’s news headlines. There was a lot of buzz about a knee brace that can generate electricity for personal electronic […]

January 15, 2008

Blinded by the red carpet and dresses no one could hope to afford and even fewer could hope to fit into, most people forget that the Oscars are run by […]

January 10, 2008

Over the last couple of weeks, a number of events have dovetailed to perfectly highlight the ways in which science can be both beneficial and detrimental to mankind. While shopping […]

January 7, 2008

Fluorescent light bulbs could change the world. So why aren’t they? According to The Economist changing our light bulbs is the most cost effective way to reduce greenhouse emissions, yet […]

December 29, 2007

Michael Goodchild, a geographer and professor at UC Santa Barbara, just published a kind of a survey (pdf file) of citizen-based geography. Volunteered Geographical Information or VGI, Goodchild writes, is […]

December 21, 2007

It would surprise most people to learn that an exploding cell phone could pack enough of a wallop to kill them. A severe burn—maybe, but it’s hard to imagine an […]


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