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The Art of Science Communication: William Zinsser on How to Write Well About Science

How to master the inverse pyramid of transmuting information into wisdom.<p>I have always considered writing a way of organizing reality — of organizing one’s own mind and, in recording that process, decluttering the reader’s understanding of some subtle or staggering aspect of the world.<p>Few writers …

Watch the moon wobble its way through all of 2015 in this NASA video

As the moon orbits Earth, it keeps the same face oriented toward our planet—almost. From our view, this slight variance—known as libration—looks like a wobble that slowly changes our view of the Moon.<p>Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a satellite that has orbited the moon since 2009, we …


The Value in Attending Editorial Board Meetings

It is now conference season, which for me means lots and lots of editorial board meetings. The next swing comes in the fall when the fiscal year …

Big names or big ideas: Do peer-review panels select the best science proposals?

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Does peer review pick the best science? - Futurity

The idea of peer review is to weed out weak research and ensure that only the strongest science goes forward. But does it work?

Psychophysical and neurophysiological responses to acupuncture stimulation to incorporated rubber hand.

2015 Mar 30;591:48-52. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.02.025. Epub 2015 Feb 11.<p>1Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Center, College of Korean …


26 podcasts you should be listening to

Podcasts have been around for a decade. But all of a sudden, people are sitting up and taking notice.<p>In the past few months, at least two media companies focused on podcasts have launched — Gimlet Media, which chronicled its own early days on the podcast "StartUp," and Slate Magazine's Panoply. …

The iPhone's Slo-Mo Video Has Become a Dancer's Best Friend

I've used my iPhone 6's slow motion superpowers to capture waves crashing on the beach, bicycle wheels spinning by in a race, and to turn a dog's …


Big Data and Bacteria: Mapping the New York Subway’s DNA

Scientists in 18-Month Project Gather DNA Throughout Transit System to Identify Germs, Study Urban Microbiology<p>NOTE TO READERS (Aug. 3, 2015): Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have revised their study of the microbiome of the New York City subway system to indicate that there is not …


Here’s how much plastic enters the ocean each year

It took nearly a half-century, but scientists finally have a handle on how much plastic enters the open ocean every year. The last estimate was in …

Engage or fade away. Is this what its come to?

Shutterstock: new paper pushes scientists to wake up to the reality that they must engage – or fade away. Some may argue it …

A 3D Map of the Human Genome