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The year in silly science: the top 10 posts of 2013... and beyond! - Seriously, Science?

By Seriously Science | December 24, 2013 7:00 am<p><i>Photo: flickr/Kainet</i><p><i>It’s been the best year ever here at Seriously, Science?! Okay, fine. It was</i> …

What is Science? Part 1

This is the first part of a series attempting to answer the question: What is Science? In this introductory episode, I’m joined by Dr Rebecca Nesbit, …

Tagebücher der Wissenschaft » SciLogs - Wissenschaftsblogs

Deja Vu-Zeit. Im März eines jeden Jahres tendieren Kollegen auf dem Gebiet für etwa eien Woche zu verschwinden. Wohin ? Ins ferne Houston im Staate …

Nature and Scientific American special: Learning in the Digital Age

<b>Nature has collaborated with Scientific American to take a look at how technology is transforming education in a ‘Digital Learning’ special published</b> …

'Scientific American', Censorship and The Role A Writer Plays Online

I’m a monthly subscriber to <i>Scientific American</i> and read through their website and blogs pretty often. Their content is intriguing and a fair …

Benefits to end Saturday for long-term jobless

Kathy Biscotti cut back to two meals a day after losing her job over the summer. On Saturday, she must swallow an even more bitter pill: the end of her federal unemployment benefits.<p>An estimated 1.3 million long-term unemployed workers like Biscotti are expected to be affected when the program …

11 telling stories about 2013 school reform

I know it’s more common to do a Top 10 list but here are 11 of The Answer Sheet’s most popular posts in 2013, some that I wrote and others that some of my wonderful guest writers have authored. I have chosen posts that seem to me to be revealing about the path that corporate-influenced school …

Schumer’s claims about Democratic and GOP efforts to ‘fix’ Obamacare

<i>“I think what most Americans want us to do is not repeal Obamacare, which is what our Republican colleagues are focused on, but fix it. The president is working to fix it; we are working in the Senate to fix it; we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.”</i><p><b>— Sen. Charles E. Schumer</b> …

Wonkbook: A Christmas present from Obamacare

<i>Welcome to Wonkbook, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas's morning policy news primer. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism, or ideas to Wonkbook at Gmail dot com. To read more by Ezra and his team, go to Wonkblog.</i><p><b>Wonkbook's Number of the Day: 49 percent.</b> That's the share of …

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s graph of the year

<i>Time has its "Person of the Year." Amazon has its books of the year. Pretty Much Amazing has its mixtapes of the year. Buzzfeed has its insane-stories-from-Florida of the year. And Wonkblog, of course, has its graphs of the year. For 2013, we asked some of the year's most interesting, important and</i> …

Obamacare had lots of sign-ups on deadline day

The evidence we have so far — albeit limited — suggests that lots of Obamacare shoppers made it in just under the wire.<p>California estimates that 27,000 people picked insurance plans this past Monday and 29,000 the Friday prior. Just last week, the state was averaging 15,000 sign-ups per day. …

Over-the-top amenities help luxury homes stand out

If you thought Southern California mansions could hardly get more outlandish, consider the latest must-have feature: A moat encircling the property.<p>Other exclusive amenities include dental chairs,<p>botoxstations and wine "cellars" that somehow made their way into the kitchen. It's all part of growing …

Utah same-sex marriage case heads for high court

Utah officials plan to ask the<p>U.S. Supreme Courtas early as Thursday to stop same-sex marriages in their state, a last-ditch effort to halt the parade of weddings since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on such unions.<p>The state’s petition would go to Justice<p>Sonia Sotomayor, who has …

Hot weather breaks Christmas records in Southland; more on tap

Warm weather is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week -- and could break even more records before the hot spell is through, weather officials said.<p>The mercury hit 83 degrees in Long Beach, beating the 1972 high of 81 degrees.<p>In downtown Los Angeles, temperatures reached 82 …