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March 14, 2013

The Chemistry of Snack Food: Why Are Those Chips So Tasty?

You sit down to your favorite TV show with a large bag of cheese puffs. Losing yourself in the exciting plot, you start snacking away. You are not quite sure whether it is the salty, slightly...

Grand Canyon with Snow

January 1, 2013

Big Moments in Science 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again: time to look back and reflect on everything that transpired during our latest trip around the sun.  In 2012, there were plenty of moments (or in some cases extended...

Blue and white pills

November 29, 2012

Controversy in Science: Can We Trust the Data from Clinical Trials?

“Clinical trials are powerful tools; like all powerful tools, they must be used with care.” — From Sponsorship, Authorship, and Accountability, an editorial endorsed by The International Committee for Medical Journal Editors Clinical trials to test...

Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias

October 8, 2012

Five Inspiring Hispanic Scientists

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the Hispanic population in the U.S. will reach 132.8 million (or 30 percent of the total U.S. population) by the year 2050.   But Hispanic students (as well as other minorities)...

Blood vessels created using 3D printing

September 14, 2012

Image of the Week: Printing Blood Vessels and a Whole Lot More

Do you have a good printer at home?  What about one that can print you a new car part, a toy, or another 3D object?  It may sound bizarre, but 3D printing (also known as additive...

August 22, 2012

War Paint Gets a Chemistry Make Over

This week, thousands of scientists are gathered in Philadelphia, PA for the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting.  They’ll be doling out the 2012 Heroes of Chemistry awards and discussing all kinds of chemistry-related topics from climate...

Artist's rendering of the Curiosity rover on Mars

August 2, 2012

Image of the Week: NASA’s Curiosity to Land on Mars Sunday

You can bet that scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be at work late this Sunday.  In fact, they’ll likely be at the edge of their seats until at least 10:31 pm local (Pacific) time–that’s...

Mono Lake, California - home to the arsenic loving bacteria

July 11, 2012

Controversy over Arsenic-Loving Bacteria comes down to Data Interpretation

A little over a year ago, we ran a blog post about a provocative paper in the journal Science called “A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus.” Or more accurately, we ran...

Reading on the Beach

June 11, 2012

Beach Reads of the Science Variety

Temperatures are on their way up and the swimming suits are coming out of hiding, which can only mean one thing: summer break. Before you buy the latest “beach lit” paperback to while away those sunny...

Science Students in Lab

May 11, 2012

Next Generation Science Standards Open for Public Comment through June 1

Today, a draft of the Next Generation Science Standards was released for a three-week public comment period. The new Standards are based on the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K–12 Science Education and are the...

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