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Shooting down future airships 25 Aug 2013 | 10:13 pm

Who among us with even a wisp of steampunk in their soul does not love the idea of an airship renaissance? Airships are beautiful and majestic,…

The sky crane that landed Curiosity on Mars 25 Aug 2013 | 08:04 pm

In celebration of the Mars rover Curiosity's fantastic first year of operations, here's a look back at a series of posts I did on the unusual, risky, but successful sky crane technology used to delive...

Politics, culture, and global warming 25 Aug 2013 | 07:11 pm

The tangled knot of politics, culture, and perceptions of the science behind climate change has been the topic of a series of my recent posts at The Gleaming Retort.

Thrilling Annotations of Wonder! 21 Apr 2013 | 05:13 pm

This is what we do here: we comment on all that is awe-inspiring, passing judgment where it seems appropriate on what seems hopeful, perilous, beautiful, or doomed.

Should we be more worried about chronic wasting disease? 25 Aug 2012 | 11:00 am

Some epidemiologists are growing concerned about an epidemic similar to mad cow disease that may have been gaining momentum for decades in the wild deer, elk, and caribou populations.

Scrubbing CO2 from the atmosphere 25 Jan 2012 | 10:52 am

Everyone who has thought about industrially driven climate change has at some point, however briefly, wondered why we can’t solve the problem by pulling the unwanted…

Cancer and dogs 13 Sep 2011 | 09:03 am

That was how my wife and I discovered that our pet Newman had a brain tumor, and it marked the beginning of a nearly two year adventure in learning how dogs are treated for cancer—and how, for better ...

The limits of 3D printing’s replicator economy 30 Jul 2011 | 08:40 am

3D printing might seem poised to realize the replicator economy of Star Trek: at virtually the touch of a button, people could have printers whip up anything they might desire. But even if the technol...

Methane hydrates: Turning ice that burns into the next energy resource 28 May 2011 | 08:33 am

Methane hydrates represent a hugely abundant energy source that could help power the global economy as it shifts away from dirtier coal and oil. That is, the hydrates could become all of those things ...

Follow My “Gleaming Retort” on PLoS BLOGS 21 Dec 2010 | 06:12 pm

Looking for more of my latest comments on science, medicine and technology? I’m also blogging regularly for the Public Library of Science on its PLoS BLOGS science blogging network. Visit me there at ...

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