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August 13, 2007

Things to read while the simulator runs; part 6

Back from a relaxing but oppressively humid vacation on the South Carolina shore, I've missed a lot of interesting science news. Someone asked me recently if I literally read the things I blog about while I let my simulators run. The answer is... well, sometimes. It's true that I do spend both a lot of time reading and a lot of time simulating things, so naturally there will be a lot of overlap between the two activities. Anyway, here is a list of some interesting stories I missed over the past week.

Nanotubes plus paper make for flexible batteries. (Nature News; also via Ars Technica here)

Slightly helpful mutations in E. coli much more plentiful than thought. (Nature News)

Year-round schools don't boost learning (Science Blog)

X-ray images help explain limits to insect body size (Science Blog)

Baby DVDs may make kids dumb (Science Blog; also via Ars Technica here)

Fat is the new normal (Science Blog)

Homeland Security tests automated "Hostile Intent" detector (Ars Technica)

Big Media losing grip thanks to the Internet and America's political divide (Ars Technica)

The religious state of Islamic science (Salon)

Single amino acid change turns West Nile Virus into a killer (Ars Technica Science)

Watching the heat flow through a molecule (Ars Technica Science)

President Bush signs law boosting science funding (Ars Technica Science)

Speciation and the transcription factor shuffle (Ars Technica Science)

posted August 13, 2007 05:17 PM in Things to Read | permalink