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The Dictionary Of Hurricane Sandy: ‘Landfall’

Landfall Noun. Pronunciation: [land-fawl] Landfall is a simple but misleading term. The proper definition, for a tropical or subtropical storm like our new friend Hurricane Sandy, is that when the eye of the storm passes over l...
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From Hiroshima To The H-Bomb, 10 Earth-Shaking Moments In Atomic Science

Today marks 60 years since U.S. scientists detonated the world’s first thermonuclear weapon on the Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific. The hydrogen bomb, powered by nuclear fusion rather than fission, was hundreds of times mor...
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Dear President Obama: Congratulations! But We Need To Talk.

Dear President Obama, What a relief, many of us thought this morning. We re-elected a president who supports public funding for research (truthfully, public funding for anything). We re-elected a president who acknowledges the ...
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Vets Want A Global Monitoring System To Track Sickness In Pets Before It Jumps To Humans

The next pandemics will come from animals, in all likelihood, as zoonotic diseases jump into the human population. Global health authorities keep tabs on sick livestock and sick people for that reason. But nobody keeps tabs on ...
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Great Apes Might Experience Mid-Life Crises Just Like Humans

Across cultures and countries, humans experience a pretty well-defined U-shaped curve in our happiness. We’re happy when we’re young, and well-being descends into its nadir during midlife, only to rise again in old age. Mid...
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Making A Digital River With A Sandbox And Kinect

140 years of Popular Science at your fingertips.
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This Is What Thinking About Nothing Looks Like

What do empty thoughts look like? According to the artist Gustav Metzger, they look like the weird blobby object above. Metzger hooked up his brain to a robotic sculpting machine that carved away at a piece of Portland Stone ba...
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New Microscopy Technique Gets Close Enough To See The Lengths Of Atomic Bonds

For the first time, scientists have used an imaging technique that’s so precise that it’s possible to see the different lengths of individual atomic bonds. Using a method called non-contact atomic force microscopy, IBM rese...
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PSY, Mars, And Gabby Douglas: Google Sums Up The Year That Was 2012

You probably searched Gabby Douglas, Mars Curiosity, and PSY’s names on Google or YouTube, because you want to be up to date on news, memes, and tiny gymnasts. What you didn’t know was that you were voting with each...
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