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December 28, 2016

2016 Year in Science

As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a selection of six significant science stories (by no means a complete list) for the year: Gravitational Waves Detected Arguably the biggest science story of the year is the announcement...

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December 21, 2016

Hazards of Mars exploration demand top-notch wilderness medicine capabilities

If you’re considering becoming an early Mars colonist, the National Geographic Channel’s new TV series MARS is a must to watch. That’s partly because it shows you that settlers will not inhabit lavish domes on the...

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December 9, 2016

John Glenn 1921-2016: NASA astronaut, US Senator, medical guinea pig, all around cool person

2016 saw public criticism that candidates pushing their early 70s would be too old to serve as US President, but 18 years ago a man took on the grueling physical stress of space flight at the age...

Social gathering of six bonobos at the San Diego Zoo. (Credit: W. H. Calvin 2006.)

December 5, 2016

The biological foundations of justice

Cross-posted with the permission of Prof. Nathan H. Lents, originally posted at The Human Evolution Blog.   It’s not immediately obvious why we should consider animal behavior when we think about how best to craft a system...

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November 22, 2016

From Our Archives: Turkey science – What’s on your plate?

Originally posted in 2015 by Bonnie Denmark. The 45 million turkeys that end up on the Thanksgiving table are nothing like their wild ancestors. In fact, they are very different from the typical Thanksgiving turkeys of...

The Great Eastern, the ship which laid the first permanent cable in 1866. Source: Robert Edward Holloway, public domain.

November 18, 2016

From Our Archives: Nov. 18, 1929 – The Day the Cables Broke

Written in 2013 by Julia Rosen, this post explores what happened on November 18, 1929 when the underwater telegraph cables snapped. Today, a veritable superhighway of data rushes below the surface of the frigid North Atlantic....

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November 10, 2016

Image of the Week: Roosevelt and Muir at Yosemite

In this image from the United States Library of Congress, Theodore Roosevelt (left) and nature preservationist John Muir (right), founder of the Sierra Club, stand atop Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. In the background are...

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November 3, 2016

Image of the Week: Evelyn Tilden at Work (or Play)

The National Institute of Health captioned this photo, “Evelyn Butler Tilden poses with the one constant in her life—a microscope.” From her early work with Dr. Hideyo Noguchi in 1916 to her role as head of...

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October 27, 2016

Video of the Week: Not So Drowsy Grizzly

John J. Craighead, who, along with his twin brother Frank, was an early environmental advocate, passed away in September 2016. The Craighead brothers worked tirelessly to highlight the conditions of the nation’s natural areas. In fact, their...

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October 18, 2016

9th Imagine Science Film Festival

In a world where movies about scientific theory are as popular as those about aliens and sharks, the Imagine Science Films is bridging the divide between art and science via film. Well, maybe these films aren’t as...