In March, the Harvard University researchers behind the RoboBee project wrote an article in Scientific American that detailed the challenges of building a swarm of bee-sized robots. The effort breaks into three loose categories: first, you have to figure out how to build a insect-sized robot that can fly (and build a lot of them—no [...]
According to a study published in the May issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), chalk dust can contain the milk protein, casein, triggering respiratory symptoms in milk allergic students.
This is the second story in a four-part, weekly series on taxonomy and speciation. It's meant to help you as you participate in Armchair Taxonomist — a challenge from the Encyclopedia of Life to bring scientific descriptions of animals, plants, and other living things out from behind paywalls and onto the Internet. Participants can earn [...]
A new report from Scientific American reveals that the amount of coffee drinking seen in Friends would have likely caused the beloved characters to fall very ill, if not kill them. The report assumes that each of the Friends cast members...Show More Summary
The characters of Friends apparently drank so much coffee during their time in Central Perk that it would have killed 1900 people, according to journalists as Scientific American. The magazine has calculated that at the rate they were consuming the liquid in the coffee shop’s 20 oz. mugs, they ingested enough caffeine to risk the [...]Show More Summary
My afternoon train reading: • The Consequences of Crowding (Above the Market) see also Defensive Sectors Leading… So What (Ticker Sense) • How to Be a Better Friend (Scientific American) • Apple Rejects Google Now; EU to InvestigateShow More Summary
A new scientific statement from the American Heart Associations reminds physicians and people with congenital heart disease that regular physical activity is still important and should be promoted. Congenital heart disease (heart structural...Show More Summary
Remember how the Friends friends would always hang out at Central Perk and that seemed nice and more healthy than always being at the bar or da club? Well, maybe it wasn't so healthy, says Scientific American. Their blog analyzed exactly how much java the gang drank throughout the series ... More »
A writer at the Scientific American looks at what happened at this year's Boston Marathon and sees what he calls 'an unmistakable beauty'. You read that right; it isn't a misprint. For it's not the act of terrorism and the...
According to Scientific American, the earth is rotating at 460 meters a second. That's 1,000 miles per hour. I bring this up because it really feels like April is flying by. It has been the best of months and the worst of months. In this post, I will focus on the best parts. Show More Summary
Why yes, yes these people are bat guano insane and, since they are pretty much bereft of science, they have to trot out all sorts of scary fables (via Tom Nelson) As CO2 Concentrations Near Ominous Benchmark, Daily Updates Begin Scientist...Show More Summary
I took this science quiz and apparently scored better than 93% of participants. The questions weren’t particularly difficult, which makes me wonder how we Americans are able to maintain our position as one of the world’s more technically advanced societies. If this trend continues, our descendants will be computer-worshipping simpletons straight out of a lesser [...]
Ever wonder why oil companies throw money at researching climate change? Or why creationism was rebranded "intelligent design," and packaged as a scientific theory? It's because the American legal system lets lawmakers fudge their science, so long as they can claim there's "scientific uncertainty." Read more...
For 14 years now, the American Museum of Natural History has hosted the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate – an annual meeting of scientific and philosophical minds, held in honor of one of modern history's most formidable intellects. The debates are always fantastic, but this year's topic – the existence of nothing – proved particularly compelling. Read more...
A Scientific American blogger has accused a rising star of building her Facebook empire on stolen images.
Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we've got reports from Scientific American, Green Car Reports, The New York Times, and Hemmings. Read more...
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Next time you're scratching an itch, don't blame the mosquito, the bedbug, the poison ivy, or whatever else caused it. Instead, turn your ire on MrgprA3. As Scientific American explains, that's the name of a newly discovered nerve receptor that apparently has one job—to make us itch. Or at...
Alternative therapies such as aerobic exercise, resistance or strength training, and isometric hand grip exercises may help reduce your blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. In a new scientific statement published...Show More Summary
A Scientific American piece relays the fact that 4 VEI-7 (Volcanic Explosivity Index where an 8 means that civilization will collapse) volcanoes have erupted in the last 2000 years. Says the writer: "it would be prudent to identify high-risk volcanoes and prepare for such events." Agreed. Show More Summary