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On getting paid (or not) to write

Danielle Lee writes the Urban Scientist blog for Scientific American. In 2013 she wrote a post about an ugly incident in which she was invited to write for Biology Online, asked about payment, declined the offer when she learned there would be none, and was called a whore. Scientific American took down the post an […]

20th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

The ASNC2015 Program Committee invites physicians, fellows, residents, and technologists to submit abstracts through April 16, 2015. Submit original scientific investigations for presentation at the 20th Annual Scientific Session of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, which will be held September 17-20 in Washington, DC.

These Motorized Skates from 1906 Have Tiny Gasoline Engines

2 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

A 1906 issue of Scientific American examines motorized roller skates exhibited at that year's Paris Automobile Show. There were several models in development by different inventors at the time, including these by French inventor M. Constantini. Show More Summary

The origin of the Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover art

4 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

For Scientific American, Jen Christiansen tracks down where the iconic image on the cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures came from. Designer Peter Saville found the image, a stacked graph of successive radio signals from pulsar CP 1919, in a 1977 astronomy encyclopedia but it actually originated in a 1970 Ph.D. Show More Summary

Some far-flung planets may be better places for humans than Earth is

5 days agoHealth : The Checkup

We earthlings can be forgiven for thinking of our planet as the gold standard for habitability — after all, it’s the only one we’ve tried. But René Heller, writing in the January issue of Scientific American, points out that the qualities astronomers are finding on some of the 1,800 identified exoplanets may make Earth seem, well, substandard. Read full article >>

Climate Deniers’ Favorite Scientist Quietly Took Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry

In many cases he referred to scientific papers or congressional testimony as "deliverables" in correspondence with his funders, which include ExxonMobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute, DonorsTrust, and the Charles G. Koch Foundation. The post Climate Deniers’ Favorite Scientist Quietly Took Money From The Fossil Fuel Industry appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Origin of Joy Division's Most Famous Album Cover, Finally Revealed

The cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures is famously graced with the radio pulses of a dying star. Its origins, however, have always been unclear. But now, Scientific American's Jen Christiansen has followed the rabbit hole to the very end—to an obscure 1970 PhD astronomy thesis and the guy who wrote it. Read more...

Google’s 2015 Science Fair Opens For Submissions Today

Google is back with its annual Science Fair, with the fifth consecutive year of the program opening the door for submission today. The event is run in partnership with Lego Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin...Show More Summary

Doctors, please do not Google your patients

An article by Randi Belisomo in Scientific American plays off another one in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, both asking the question:Is It OK for Doctors to "Google" Patients?The authors write:... that sometimes, the practice is acceptable. Show More Summary

Rios: ‘Real Experts’ Know Evolution Disproven

American Family Association’s Sandy Rios, unlike Scott Walker, at least lets you know where she stands. “There is no scientific evidence” to substantiate evolution, she said, at least according to “the real experts.” So why has this stunning revelation that the foundational theory behind modern biology has been refuted not percolated through the scientific community? [...]

The Sweet Smell of Environmental Degradation

Flashback Friday. An article this week at Scientific American draws attention to the environmental cost of the fetishization and commodification of flowers as a symbol of love.  Carolyn Wheelan writes: [Roses] are… fragile and almost always flown to the U.S. from warmer climes in South America, where roughly 80 percent of our roses take root; […]

100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9,000 metric tons of CO2

Roses may be red, but they're definitely not green according to research from Scientific American. As millions of partners exchange bunches of red roses in the run up to Valentine's Day, they may want to consider that the traditional flower of love has an

Antidepressant Superstition

Marketers have done a phenomenal job convincing Americans that antidepressant medication is effective treatment for depression. Scientific research is painting a different picture. Study after study shows that when antidepressants are compared to placebo in controlled trials, they are nearly indistinguishable. Show More Summary

It's Scientifically Proven: Slow, Short Jogs Are Actually Better For You

3 weeks agoHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

Great news for those who hate to run: there's a limit to how much good it may do you. A new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, has found a link between running more than four hours a week and an earlier...Show More Summary

Particle-Wave Duality for Eight-Year-Olds

Over at Scientific American’s Frontiers for Young Minds blog, they have a great post on what happens when you ask scientists to explain key elements of a different research field. It’s pretty funny, and rings very true, as SteelyKid asks me tons of science questions, very few of which have anything to do with atomic,…

Dogs Could Love Frolicking In Snow Simply Because It's New

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

One of the benefits of living where it snows, or taking a trip to snow with your dog, is watching a joyful dog frolic in it. But why does snow elicit such a response? Well, Scientific American has taken the time to ask a bunch of experts that question. Read more...

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