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Best of 2012 // #78: Uranus has some rough weather

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When Voyager 2 flew past Uranus in 1986, the seventh planet in our solar system appeared bleak, featureless and wrapped in blue-green clouds.  New...

Best of 2012 // #79: The Home of Spam

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The United States used to be the leader in sending out spam email, but this year India overtook the lead as the world's home...

Best of 2012 // #80: Common Disease from Rare Genes

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Ten thousand years ago, there were only 5 million people on Earth.  That's fewer than the current population of Singapore.  Since then, the population...

Best of 2012 // #82: Russian Mars Probe Fails at Liftoff

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While the United States celebrated a milestone year of exploration of the Red Planet, Russian scientists lamented the loss of a $160 million probe...

Best of 2012 // #82: A Banner Year for Citizen Science

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Today, most of us have more computing energy on our laptops than ordinary researchers did 15 years ago. With strong instruments accessible for tracking...

Best of 2012 // #83: Life Under the Sea

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The Ocean floor is a hostile, inhospitable place.  Researchers revealed last May that bacteria live there under severe circumstances by entering a sort of...

Best of 2012 // #84: Facebook for Scientists

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In 2009, Ijad Madisch launched ResearchGate, a social network for researchers, designed to bring scientific collaboration into the social media age.  It rapidly took...

Best of 2012 // #85: Testing The Edge of Our Planet

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On March 27th of this year, beautiful streams of light spread across the night sky along the Eastern Seaboard.  They were visible from upstate...

Best of 2012 // #86: Whooping Cough is Back

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In the first 10 months of 2012, US Doctors diagnosed over 34,000 cases of pertussis - better known as Whooping Cough.  That's 34 times...

Best of 2012 // #87: The Eternal Struggle

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About 100 million years ago, a wasp became ensnared in the webbing a spider.  The spider excited bore down on it's prey, but before...

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