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Randall Stephens of The Historical Society writes 

"As the semester revs up, quite a few history profs are looking on-line for primary source docs, web-based activities, digital images, and on-line map collections. I use a healthy does of maps and map progressions in the various courses I teach. "
I know the bulk of the contributors, and maybe even the readers, are progressives, but big government progress has never accomplished much good over the long term - and going after bloggers making $50 a year and requiring them to pay $300 for their 'business' is the kind of thing a bigger government will get us.   Let's hope this doesn't become a bigger problem.
Lots of folks seem to be talking about the latest linkbait Wired story claiming that the web is dead, based on this graphic (built off of Cisco data):

TechDirt has the real scoop
Really, does anything more need to be said?   Patrick, where were you when this was filmed??

At Salon, Matt Zoller Seitz writes on fan movie art
While a lot of fan art is just a time-killing diversion, some of it is valuable because it situates P.R. material within a larger conversation about what, exactly, constitutes good design.
Including when the fake art is so interesting people assume it is real, like for this "Deadpool" 2011 movie ...

This guy is really talented.   

As Anita Ashbaugh wrote, "As I was watching this I was thinking "how cool" because it's a skeleton. If the marionette had been a clown, for instance, I'd have wanted to claw out my eyes in an attempt to unsee the horror":

A group of former folks have created - an aggregator for science blogs.
Science Accelerator is a gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy. Science Accelerator was developed and is made available from OSTI as a free public service. Get the Science Accelerator widget at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget?
From Brain Windows

Ephus is a modular Matlab-based electrophysiology program that can control and record many channels of tools and data simultaneously.  

ScanImage is another Matlab-related software program that is used for optical imaging and stimulation of neurons in vitro and in vivo.  

Neuroptikon is a sophisticated network visualization tool. It can build Van Essen-like diagrams of any circuit you like ...
Star Wars Uncut, the fan-made remake of Star Wars done by hundreds of nerds in 15-second increments is finished, and it is ... well, what you might expect.
Almost a quarter century after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, its fallout is still a hot topic in some German regions, where thousands of boars shot by hunters still turn up with excessive levels of radioactivity. In fact, the numbers are higher than ever before.
Scitable is part of of Nature Publishing Group, which is the publisher of Nature, Scientific American and about 70 other magazines.   Vikram Savkar, Scitable's SVP of publishing, says 
"Scitable is an online learning space for science and what that means is that it has a library of very high quality content that we have created." He continued, "It's not crowd-sourced Wiki(pedia) content. It's content that editorially we've commissioned and reviewed and vetted in all the life sciences."
Think Google is a search company?  Not according to shareholders and that means to the CEO; Google is instead a web advertising company.   If you have ever tried to make any money using Google Adsense you know they are making money on advertising because you certainly are not but someone is paying.
If you haven't seen the movie "Chinatown" or know anything about how water in places with not enough water actually gets there, this article will help, courtesy of Hugh Holub, a water attorney in Arizona.
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The third annual massive community festival at San Jose Reid Hillview Airport, brings together accessible activities, STEM science/tech/engineering/math, exotic animals, exotic cars, robots, great food, live entertainment, tons of community services, fire trucks, police cars, radio controlled helicopters, you name it, they’re doing it! The whole point is to get under-served kids exposed to STEM in a fun and entertaining hands-on way.
All you cynics out there can rest easy that this is not a cynical attempt to cash in on that white-board job-quitting bit of fakery.
Did we call that white board chick as a hoax first?  I bet we did - next generation search engines might be worth a crap if they could tell us that.  And it would be great if we could show up first in Google for something like, oh, "Science 2.0", instead of train wreck, mindless spewing like the 'Science 2.0' Wikipedia entry or Scientific American Web 2.0 mumbo jumbo.  What?  Why don't I link to them?  Because that is why Google lists them first.  Duh.

But I digress.
Harken back to the dark days of 2003, when vampire sagas were not yet all the rage.  NPR has the details on vampire public relations blitzes in the last part of this decade.

To: VampsPR
Fr: Fritz
Re: PR issues

PR Team,

The Lost Skeleton Returns is available on today (you just saw the link) so if you go for awesome science humor, that's pure heaven.   If you go for mediocre science humor, you can always just watch "The Big Bang Theory" instead.
How long will it take for a book on Hauser to appear in print?
The plot usually goes like this: A laboratory publishes its research findings in a journal—possibly even a breakthrough in its field.  Someone notices some irregularities in the data. Maybe the person works in the lab and becomes a whistle-blower.
Dissecting science scandals