Sunday, November 27, 2011

Big Picture Science for 11/28/11 - Skeptic Check: Dubiology

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Big Picture Science - Skeptic Check: Dubiology

There’s no harm talking to your houseplant, but will your chatter really help it grow? We look at various biological claims, from whether plants feel pain to the ability of cats to predict earthquakes. Feline forecasters, anyone?

Also, when does understanding biology have important implications for health and policy? The arguments for and against genetically modified foods, and the danger of “pox parties” as a replacement for childhood vaccination.

Plus, the history and current state of scientific literacy in the United States. When did we stop trusting science?

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Skeptic_Check_Dubiology

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Apex Magazine subscription drive update

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Apex Publications:

As you might know, Apex has teamed up with Weightless Books for an Apex Magazine subscription drive. Our goal is 200 new or renewed subscriptions by the end of November.

We've done well so far, gaining 44 toward 200.

Subscribe now for $14.95 and save $5 off our standard yearly price ($19.95). Now is a great time to join. The magazine's new editor, Lynne M. Thomas, just released her first issue (that received a rare "Highly Recommended" from Locus Magazine reviewer Lois Tilton).

If you subscribe or renew, you will receive eBook version of volume 1 and 2 of Descended from Darkness. Ten random subscribers will win a trade paperback copy of Dark Faith.

What happens if we reach 200?

Somebody wins a Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet!
We want to give away that Tablet, but we still need 156 more subscribers. I know it can be done, so subscribe, tell a friend, and let's make this happen!

Go here to subscribe for $14.95.



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http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Big Picture Science for 11/21/11 - We've Got You Made

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Big Picture Science - We've Got You Made

ENCORE Wish you could ditch computers? There’s no escape button for that. Computers are not only a part of your daily grind, they may soon be a part of you. We’ll hear from the world’s first cyborg about why we should make nice in our arms race with machines.

Also, the secret behind the extraordinary breakthroughs that DARPA scientists are making – from building autonomous cars to wiring robotic surgeons.

Plus, making space for humans… and their bodily functions: the engineering tricks of toiletry. And, a carbon-based astronaut on the view of Earth from orbit.

Guests:

First aired August 23, 2010.
Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/We_ve_Got_You_Made

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Big Picture Science for 11/14/11 - Blame it on Bacterio

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Big Picture Science - Blame it on Bacterio

Think small! Microbes are tinier than the dot at the end of this sentence, yet they can make humans sicker than dogs, dogs sicker than humans, jump from animal to human and keep scientists guessing when and where the next disease will appear.

Discover how doctors diagnosed one man’s mysterious infection, the role that animals play as hosts for disease, and why the rate of emerging diseases is increasing worldwide.

Also, why your kitchen is a biosafety hazard, and how the Human Microbiome Project will tally all the microbes on – and in – you.

Plus, the extreme places on Earth where microbes thrive and what it suggests for the existence of alien life. And, how one strain of bacteria helped a farmer grow a pumpkin the weight of a small car!

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Blame_it_on_Bacterio

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Big Picture Science for 11/07/11 - NASA or What?

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Big Picture Science - NASA or What?

“Making space for everyone” could be NASA’s motto. But as commercial spaceships get ready to blast off, that populist idea is being tested. Space cowboys in the private sector say they’re the ones who can provide unfettered access to space, for tourists and scientists alike.

Meet a scientist who already has a ticket to ride on SpaceShip Two and discover what he hopes to learn about asteroids during his five minutes of weightlessness.

Plus, NASA in motion: it’s back to the moon as the GRAIL mission probes the interior of our lovely lunar satellite. Also, can you dig it? The rover Curiosity can. It’s headed to Mars to hunt for clues to alien life … with a jackhammer.

Also, as the Hubble Space Telescope shuts down, the James Webb Space Telescope revs up. Or does it? The telescope is designed to study the birth of galaxies and hunt for evidence of water on far away worlds. But will Congress pull the plug?

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/NASA_or_What_

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Apex Magazine is giving away a NOOK color

To welcome our new editor—2010 Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas—and to honor the magnificent accomplishments of departing editor Catherynne M. Valente—subscriptions are 25% off the regular price at Weightless Books.

At the end of the drive, every new subscriber will receive two free eBooks, Descended from Darkness Vol 1 AND Descended from Darkness Vol 2, the anthologies that gathered year one and year two of Apex Magazine into print—including work from Genevieve Valentine, Ekaterina Sedia, Maurice Broaddus, Peter M. Ball, Alethea Kontis, Aliette de Bodard, J.M. McDermott, Seanan McGuire, Mary Robinette Kowal, Theodora Goss, and many more.

And: Ten random subscribers will win a trade paperback of Apex’s Stoker Award-nominated anthology DARK FAITH (Featuring Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brian Keene, Lavie Tidhar, Ekaterina Sedia, Tom Piccirilli, Alethea Kontis, and 23 others!)

And Also! If we reach 200 new subscriptions (this will count people who add 12 months to their current subscription and new subscribers), Apex will award one random subscriber a Barnes & Noble Nook Color!!

Twelve issues of Apex Magazine, plus two anthologies AND the chance to win a Nook Color all for just $14.95! Subscribe!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jeff Carlson short fiction collection - Long Eyes

Jeff Carlson has just released an all-inclusive SF/F short fiction collection called “Long Eyes” with sixteen stories, two essays, and afterwords discussing each story's inspiration and circumstances.  It's on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks for a whopping $2.99.

"Long Eyes" is also available in trade paperback on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Long-Eyes-Jeff-Carlson/dp/1466362286/
Cover art, blurbs, and more are posted on Jeff's blog at http://www.jverse.com/blog/
Meanwhile here’s the back jacket copy:

From the mind that brought you Plague Year and The Frozen Sky...
      
Sixteen stories about strange worlds, biotech, commandos, and the girl next door.


"Striking." --
Locus Online      

"Exciting." --
SF Revu

"Chilling and dangerous." --
HorrorAddicts.net

First published in top venues such as
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and cult 'zines like The Vampire's Crypt, these stories have been translated into fourteen languages worldwide. Several received honorable mentions in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction or in Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. As part of the Fast Forward 2 anthology, "Long Eyes" was also a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

The first complete collection from international bestseller Jeff Carlson, this ebook is 80,000 words and packed with artwork from award-winning illustrators such as Frank Wu and Billy Tackett.

Apex Magazine Issue 30 -- Welcomes new editor-in-chief, new fiction from Elizabeth Bear and Catherynne M. Valente

Apex welcomes new editor-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas (a 2010 Hugo Award-winner for the nonfiction anthology Chicks Dig Timelords)!

This issue contains 30k of content, including new short stories by Elizabeth Bear and Catherynne M. Valente.

Subscriptions to the magazine can be bought for $19.95 (12 issues) or single copies are $2.99. More information at
http://apex-magazine.com.

Full table of contents below:
Table of Contents
Fiction:

"The Leavings of the Wolf" by Elizabeth Bear
"The Bread We Eat in Dreams" by Catherynne M. Valente
Classic Revisited:
 "This Creeping Thing" by Robert Shearman
Poetry:
"Lion Heart" by Tim Pratt
"Swallowing the Moon" by Bryan Thao Worra
"Wight" by Bryan Thao Worra
Nonfiction:
"Editorial: Blood on Vellum" by Lynne M. Thomas
"Editorial: Good-bye" by Catherynne M. Valente
"The Australian Dark Weird" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Interviews:
Lynne M. Thomas
Scott Murphy
Elizabeth Bear

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