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Science Song(s) of the Week #56: the Higgs Boson

On July 4th, physicists at CERN announced that they had found the Higgs Boson. While this breakthrough will surely spawn a cornucopia of new Higgs-related music, there are several fine Higgs-related songs already in existence. Most people reading this blog … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #55: Green chemistry

The latest recipients of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards have been announced. Eliminating 199 million lb of hazardous chemicals and solvents, saving more than 21 billion gal of water, and avoiding 57 million lb of carbon dioxide emissions: Those … Continue reading

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The periodicity of the “Science Song of the Week”

It has been an interesting journey to create this blog without an exact purpose in mind, then watch it evolve. In the beginning there were no recurring themes or features besides the fact that this would be a blog about … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #54: Fungi

Wired’s article The mystery of the Canadian whiskey fungus really is a detective story about fungi. Doyle had a problem. In the neighborhood surrounding his Lakeshore warehouses, homeowners were complaining about a mysterious black mold coating their houses. And the … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #53: Cyanobacteria

Photosynthesis conducted by cyanobacteria is thought to have been important in adding oxygen to the earth’s environment billions of years ago. A new study suggests that early animals, who came on the scene much later, might have found cyanobacteria-containing microbial … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #52: MIT

Sorry to be posting this later than usual; I’m currently overwhelmed with grant-writing responsibilities. Anyway, The Guardian had a nice article yesterday titled The MIT Factor: 150 Years of Maverick Genius. Among other facts, it noted that 85% of MIT … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #51: Hawking

The New York Times has just published an interview with Stephen Hawking: “Life and the cosmos, word by painstaking word.” The preamble points out that, through his bestselling book A Brief History of Time, Hawking is known for his efforts … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #50: Ants!

We have Science News to thank for the sci-fi-esque headline “Giant ants once roamed Wyoming.” The new species, Titanomyrma lubei, is related to giant ants previously found in German fossils. These long-distance relatives bolster the notion that the climate of … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #49: “SETI at home”

Many news outlets are reporting that the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute has stopped using its Allen Telescope Array. Here’s a bit of a Christian Science Monitor article called SETI puts E.T. on hold. Budget cuts have forced the … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week #48: “Amazing DNA”

On Monday the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of explanatory reporting. Its winning feature was a series called One in a billion: A boy’s life, a medical mystery. A central focus of the series was … Continue reading

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