Three major themes, and a gazzillion new blog posts at Scientific American: Osama, floating duckies, and citizen science

This was an incredibly busy day on Scientific American website! And I was offline most of the time, in flight to Boston, praising the technology that lets us schedule blog posts in advance.

First, take a look at a redesigned homepage. Like?

There were at least three big themes on the site today….

First, the news of the death of Osama bin Laden prompted us to take a look at the scientific angles to the story. You can see the collection of articles in our In-Depth Report: Osama bin Laden: The Science of His End. Included in the collection are some articles from the archives, but also several new ones:

How Do You ID a Dead Osama? By Christie Wilcox.

Off the Grid: A High Tech Military Deployed the Ancient Art of Stealth to Capture Their Man By Gary Stix.

Bin Laden’s Death Might Not Pose a New Threat By Fred Guterl.

How Biometrics Helped to Identify the Master Terrorist By Christine Gorman.

Appointment in Abbottabad podcast by Steve Mirsky.

The second big theme of the day is the new Education page and the new Citizen Science program at Scientific American:

Welcome to Scientific American’s Citizen Science Initiative! By Larry Greenemeier.

Welcome to ‘Bring Science Home’ by Katherine Harmon.

It’s a Solid… It’s a Liquid… It’s Oobleck! by Katherine Harmon.

Kids Learn Better When You Bring Science Home By Peggy Ashbrook.

The third big theme of the day are ocean currents and what we learned about them by tracking (often through citizen scientists) floating plastic toys:

Slabs, Sneakers, Gyres and the Grotesque by Matthew Garcia.

Overboard: 28,000 toys and one man, lost at sea by Lindsey Hoshaw.

A True Duck Hunt: interview with Donovan Hohn by David Manly.

How Does a Floating Plastic Duckie End Up Where It Does? By Eric Heupel.

Finally, our twice-a-week topic is back again today, bringing the number of posts on the Guest Blog up to seven, the record number for a single day: Too Hard For Science? Recreating What Killed Pompeii by Charles Choi.

As always: read, enjoy, comment, share…

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