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Farewell, internet commenters

Popular Science has decided to close the comment section on its website. This will eliminate a known source of misinterpretation and divert resources toward producing better content. By: Ian Campbell … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Writing vs Academia

Are you considering leaving academic science? Here is some food for thought if you are.  by Kerstin Nordstrom “I’m good at writing,” says disillusioned scientist. “Maybe I’ll become a science … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Students Discover When Scientists Reach Out

Students Discover is a five-year, $7.3 million initiative funded by the National Science Foundation that encourages collaboration between scientists and science teachers to engage North Carolina’s students. by Jessica Morrison … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Moon, Shadow, and Science at 30,000 Feet

An online discussion serves up optics and illusions, as scientists debate a “mysterious light spot seen from the air.”      by Amanda Alvarez              … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why I hate it when my husband does the dishes

If Dear Abby were still alive – the sassy columnist whose NYT obit was itself a work of art – I might finally have a question for her: How do I … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Power of the Pen

Science writers determine what research results are shared with the public. A New England Journal of Medicine study says we’re doing well, but we may still rely on inappropriate indicators. … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Beach So Beautiful, I Thought It Was Polluted

Summer is wrapping up, and many folks are trying to squeeze in one last vacation.  Here’s what a glittery beach getaway in California taught me about mineralogy, paranoia, and relaxation. … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 1 Comment