What is Big Data? Part II: Heterogeneous Materiality

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If I've learned one thing from the history of science and technology, it's that the way people ask questions shapes that way that...

What is Big Data? Part I: "Cultural ideology"

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What is Big Data? Lots of people are asking and answering this question. ( This    blog   included ).  Scholars in various fields , inc...

Links: The "human hobbit" at 10, Hurricane Sandy at 2, and Mouse Inception

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Heated debate over the 'sick-hobbit hypothesis.' [http://www.nature.com/news/the-discovery-of-homo-floresiensis-tales-of-the-...

Going Global

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As Ebola spreads outside the confines of West Africa, public health officials have declared the epidemic to be a crisis on a global scale. ...

Links: Crowdsourcing, reproductive tech, and more on Ebola

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Celebrated recreational mathematician Martin Gardner Martin Gardner, indefatigable debunker and longtime editor of the “Mathematica...

PSA: We're on Twitter!

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Just a friendly reminder: AmericanScience is on twitter! Follow us @AmericanSciBlog for daily updates on all things science-related.

Links: Planes, maps, and school lunch

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Human-computer interaction and the study of airline disasters. http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2009/01/air_crash200901 Whoa! Sorr...
Pluto is a planet again, or not, who cares

Pluto is a planet again, or not, who cares

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In the introductory history of science class I'm teaching this fall, we began with some chapters from Thomas Kuhn's  The Structu...

Foggy with a Chance of Profit

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The story of a technological metaphor. [http://cloudtweaks.com/humor/] My dad, like many dads, has a keen ear for strangeness in the...
What Difference Does a Chromosome Make?

What Difference Does a Chromosome Make?

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This feature is cross-posted on Cosmologics , an online magazine project of the Program for Science, Religion and Culture at the Harvard Div...

Weekly Roundup

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The last of the megafauna. Julian Fennessy/New York Times Good morning! This week in science news: MIT anthrop...

Disasters and Design

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For months, an epidemic of the Ebola virus has torn through West Africa.   Official statistics as of Sept 23 report over 6,500 cases of ...
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