The New York Times published a little trend piece that argues "social media and science found each other in 2012." Evidence cited: there were scientific or science-related events that broke through to become part of the general public conversation, which includes Twitter and Facebook, like Felix Baumgartner's near-space jump and the Mars rover Curiosity's landing. And, yes, true! But we'd argue that social media is more a reflection of popular culture (with, yes, a slightly nerdy bent), and those events were easy-to-grasp, universally awesome things. Still, great to see more people talking about science. [NYTimes]
People had hopes "The Daily," the once-a-day, tablet-exclusive newspaper from media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, would help bring publishing into the digital age. It had enough money behind it, but it wasn't enough: the venture is folding. It's hard to say exactly how this will affect media companies investing in tablet publishing, but it'll definitely be something for them to consider. [New York Times]
After public scrutiny over an article about how women's hormones might affect how they vote, CNN has pulled the story from its site. Go there now, and you get a message on how "some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN." (It's still floating around the web, though.
The Nexus Q is Google's first media streamer, a sphere proudly made in the U.S.A. that streams audio and video to speakers and/or TVs, using an Android device as a remote. It's also horribly restrictive and limited in functionality--but it has potential, providing either Google or industrious hackers put in some hard work.
Today at E3, the massive electronics expo that yesterday played host to Nintendo's announcement about the updated Wii U, Microsoft broke out an announcement that's really more about media--especially video--than games. Microsoft Smart Glass is a way to join all of your devices together: smartphone, tablet, and TV, all sharing media.
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
By Tom Clynes
Posted 09.26.2011 at 10:04 am 55 Comments
This should have been Felisa Wolfe-Simon’s moment in the sun. But as the television crew takes positions, the 34-year-old scientist glances at the gray, churned-up lake behind her and gathers her collar around her neck. On cue, she begins her explanation of this lake’s unique chemistry, her voice rising in volume and pitch above the wind.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.