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Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Astrophysicist Mario Livio presents a new look at some of the biggest – and most fruitful – mistakes in the history of science.

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The Impact of Sequestration on the Future of Science Research

The Impact of Sequestration on the Future of Science Research

As federal agencies endure budget cuts from the March sequestration, funding shortages are taking an early toll on medical research. Scientists who rely on federal research grants are finding it more difficult to continue their research at the quality and efficiency of previous years.

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The Future of Space Exploration: Delving into the Final Frontier

The Future of Space Exploration: Delving into the Final Frontier

The great unknown beckons, as modern technology and the space industry’s rise to prominence offer a new paradigm in exploration. From asteroid mining to X PRIZE, rockets are just the beginning.

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Jo Handelsman: Creating Change Beyond the Laboratory

Jo Handelsman: Creating Change Beyond the Laboratory

An accomplished microbiologist, advocator of science education reform and proponent of increasing diversity in STEM fields, Yale’s Jo Handelsman was nominated to serve as the Associate Director of Science at the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy this summer.

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The Chemistry Behind Breaking Bad

The Chemistry Behind Breaking Bad

High school chemistry teacher Walter White uses his scientific know-how to cook crystal meth, defeat his enemies with phosphine gas, blow up buildings using fulminated mercury, and dispose of human bodies in hydrofluoric acid. But how many of these fictional feats would actually be possible and scientifically accurate in real life?

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The Coming Population Crash: Investigating the Aftermath of a Population Implosion

The Coming Population Crash: Investigating the Aftermath of a Population Implosion

In his 2010 book The Coming Population Crash, author and journalist Fred Pearce describes past attempts to curb population growth and analyzes the social effects of the current-day shift in demographics.

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The Impending Population Boom … or Food Crash?

The Impending Population Boom … or Food Crash?

Lester R. Brown’s Full Plant, Empty Plates depicts a bleak future caused by growing population pressures and irresponsible resource usage. Warning of impending crisis, his book urges readers to take action now.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Cities

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Cities

Although the world is rapidly becoming increasingly urbanized, many facts about cities still surprise us. Here are five fascinating insights into the nature of the modern city.

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Power in Numbers: The Growing Citizen Science Movement

Power in Numbers: The Growing Citizen Science Movement

People around the globe have been classifying galaxies, deciphering old weather records, and discovering exoplanets — all in their free time. The citizen science movement is revolutionizing the world of research, as crowdsourcing is becoming a valuable tool for scientists’ collaborations while allowing the public to try their hands at the scientific process.

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Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

In his 2011 book, author Michael Nielsen explores the new potential of Open Science and how the movement will shape the way in which scientists collaborate and approach scientific discoveries.

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