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The Union Forever!

Dedicated to the memory of Bruce Voeller  By George Barany, Michael Hanko, and Paul Luftig This puzzle is modified and updated from versions that went on-line in the run-up to the 2012 Presidential election. We dedicate the puzzle to the … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Natural Selections

By Daniel Briskin Continuing on with our salute to the tenth anniversary of Natural Selections, here is a comic republished from 2004.

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Ten Years of Natural Selections

By Daniel Briskin Continuing on with our salute to the tenth anniversary of Natural Selections, here is a comic republished from 2004. This month, the Natural Selections Editorial Board bids farewell to Daniel Briskin. We would like to thank him … Continue reading

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Scientists Decide: No interesting stories in Science

By John Borghi On March 16, 1926, Robert H. Goddard launched the first ever liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts. Though this test did little to silence the mocking editorials and harsh criticisms that had followed Goddard since his 1920 proposal … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Natural Selections

By Daniel Briskin Continuing on with our salute to the tenth anniversary of Natural Selections, here is this month’s republished comic from 2004.

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Ten Years of Natural Selections

By Daniel Briskin The first issue of Natural Selections was published in February of 2004. In these past ten years, much has happened, on campus and off. For all that has happened, however, much has stayed the same, including the … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Natural Selections

By Daniel Briskin This month’s issue marks the tenth anniversary of Natural Selections; issue one was published in February of 2004. In these past ten years, much has happened, on-campus and off. For all that has happened, however, much has … Continue reading

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Crisis in Congress

by Jason Rothauser This is what a government in crisis looks like. Last month, on October 1, the federal government entered its first shutdown since 1996, when an impasse between President Clinton and congressional Republicans led to the government’s doors being … Continue reading

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WISeR (Women In Science at Rockefeller): A New Initiative

By Asma Hatoum, Mariko Kobayashi, and Alessia Deglincerti This summer, a small group of postdocs came together to launch a new initiative called wiser (Women In Science at Rockefeller) to begin to tackle a persistent problem: the underrepresentation of female … Continue reading

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Academic Governance: A Model

by Daniel Briskin An unfortunately high proportion of our elected officials are highly opinionated, but irrational people who let their guts drive their politics; many more of them are voters. With the same concerns in mind as the architects of … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration—Cannes Edition

by Jim Keller In this installment, For Your Consideration kicks off the 2013 Oscar season with a look at the films to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s festival, overseen by Jury President Steven Spielberg, will open on … Continue reading

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Fiscal Cliff: The Next Big Challenge for Science

by Christina Pyrgaki A version of this article appeared on The Incubator blog on February 14, 2013. For the last 35 years, the University of Lake Superior has published a list of banished words—words in the English language that are … Continue reading

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Hitting the Paywall

by Daniel Briskin Approximately two years ago, in March 2011, The New York Times introduced their paywall, the digital barrier against accessing more than 20 articles per month without subscribing (subsequently, access has been further reduced to only ten articles … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration—Crystal Ball Edition Part II

by Jim Keller Admittedly, last month’s column was thrown together between health battles, and birthday and Oscar celebrations—oh wait, those last two were on the same day, no lie! Without further ado, I give you the remainder of a short … Continue reading

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Directed Acts of Kindness: A Citizen’s Weapon Towards a Better Society

by Christina Pyrgaki The Wednesday before Nemo hit NYC and after a successful journal club meeting, which involved a combination of good science, brainy company, and fine liquor, I left the university with two friends and colleagues of mine at … Continue reading

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