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There’s a Science Rap Battle Brewing and We Couldn’t Be More Thrilled

It’s not every day you get a highly publicized, totally sincere spat between two celebrities about science. It’s so rare that people actually create parody videos about imagined battles between scientists, just so we can imagine some drama between the press conferences and the journal publications. Here’s how it all …

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Is the LHC an expensive art installation?

There are reams of writing, hours of talks, and TV programs by scientists on the manifestation of beauty in physics and mathematics. Obviously, beauty is a great angle for science communication, but their appreciation for beauty has a pragmatic purpose. From Albert Einstein to Edward Frenkel; Werner Heisenberg to Frank …

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The Women in Science Reading List: The Twenty Best (And Four Not Best) Books To Read and Own

When I first started collecting biographies of female scientists, I thought the genre, thanks to the historical and systemic neglect of the subject matter, would be fun to collect and relatively easy to complete.  Some Curie, some Meitner, a Franklin or two, and done.  Six years later, and my shelves …

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Hydrogen Rules the Universe: Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Composition of Stars (Women in Science 48)

“You are young, and wrong. You must retract.” When fresh-faced zeal confronts experience, it usually loses.  Scientists who think they’ve solved everything on day one usually find that they’ve merely wandered into a seductive semblance of a solution, the first of many in the years to come, and firmly correcting …

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Mad Art Cast: David Nguyen Interview (and get your flu shot!)

Your intrepid co-hosts chat about the new flu vaccine and why you should get yours, plus A brings us another cool interview from Dragon*Con 2015 back in September. This interview is with graphic designer David Nguyen who works for HiRez Studios, who make the popular video game Smite. SHOW NOTES: …

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First: The Astrophysics and Astronautics of Sally Ride. (Women in Science 43)

Heroes are supposed to be monodimensional, startling and exceptional in one narrow aspect of life and a complex, barely functioning mess when it comes to everything else.  It makes us comfortable as normal humans – “Well, I might not have written Der Ring des Nibelungen, but at least I’m not …

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Corralling the Light Elements: The Nuclear Spectroscopy of Fay Ajzenberg-Selove (Women in Science 41)

In the opening days of the Nazi attack on France, a Jewish engineer took his family aside and instructed them on how to commit suicide by slitting their wrists, explaining that death by one’s own hand was more honorable than what would happen to them if they fell to the …

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Quantizing the Nucleus: Maria Goeppert-Mayer and the Creation of Nuclear Shell Theory (Women in Science 40)

How does radioactive decay know when to stop? When Uranium-238 breaks up, it goes through twenty-two intermediate isotopes before finally coming to rest at Lead-206, but why remain there? What’s so special about Lead-206, or Calcium-48, or any of the other isotopes that nature seems to particularly favor? The answer …

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