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Beyond the Politics of Voting
By Guest Contributor Alexandra Moffett-Bateau, cross-posted from The Feminist Wire As a political scientist, during any given election year, I’m bombarded with questions about my assessment of the current electoral slate. The look of disappo X

Cornell's chemically engineered cars win again
Cornell engineering students won the Northeast Regional Chem-E-Car competition with model cars controlled entirely by chemical reactions. X

New alfalfa variety resists ravenous local pest
Cornell plant breeders have released a new alfalfa variety with some resistance against alfalfa snout beetle, which has ravaged alfalfa fields in New York. X

Famous Civil War Battles
Introduction War is a terrible thing but when it divides a country in two, it has the power to divide families either by geography or by philosophy. Protecting one’s borders against an enemy without can often mean that the enemy within and growing X

A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign
John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. X

Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes
No matter how rough a winter you think you had, it was nothing compared to what a wood frog survives every year. Some of these little amphibians are still waiting for spring, when they'll thaw out and turn from frog-shaped blocks of ice back into ani X

Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'
On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment. X

Let’s all be Germans
Over at Econlog I have a post discussing the German jobs miracle.  One counterargument is that all countries can’t be like Germany, because their success comes from a large current account surplus. And if there is one thing that all economists X

Forget Icarus, Fly As Close To The Sun As You Want!
Then he caught sight of the feathers on the waves, and cursed his inventions. He laid the body to rest, in a tomb, and the island was named Icaria after his buried child. —Metamorphoses Book VIII In a mythology beset by monsters created by malice ( X

The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, we turn back to some predictions that The New York Times commissioned Isaac Asimov to make on the occasion. He got many things right. X

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