2014 – Scientific American style! The top 10 stories and 10 notable women scientists we lost

Scientific American is celebrating science from 2014!

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Check out the Scientific American readers’ top 10 stories of 2014.

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Also, don’t miss the Maia Weinstock’s In Memoriam post about 10 Notable Women Scientists we lost in 2014.

Looking back on the year that was, science mavens may notice that tributes to those who’ve passed on in the preceding 12 months are far more often filled with stars of stage, screen, politics and sport than with the pioneering women and men who have bettered our society through discovery and invention. This is especially true of women, whose contributions to the sciences are often overlooked or underappreciated. The following list of 10 women in science who left us in 2014 offers a nod to individuals whose tireless work made the world a better place, both in their lifetimes and for years to come.

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Like the World Cup? Like Volcanoes? 2014 Volcano World Cup! #GroupH

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Don’t forget that the Volcano World Cup from ERUPTIONS blog is still going on. Now onto Group H. My previous post about this super fun take on a new competition involving the 2014 World Cup countries.

ERUPTIONS blog, by Erik Klemetti, at wired.com has put together an informative and interactive group of posts that pit volcanoes of the world against each other (from countries in the actual 2014 FIFA World Cup) . Check out the posts and start voting for the 2014 Volcano World Cup winner!!

What is the Volcano World Cup? I’m going to take each of the participating countries in the real World Cup and have all of you vote on which are the most volcanically excellent. It will be set up exactly the same as the World Cup – group stage, round of 16, quarter-, semi- and finals – except it will be your votes that move nations forward.

For Groups B, C, etc of the Volcano World Cup, go to ERUPTIONS here

Teddy Roosevelt is great, but the most epic USA fans of the 2014 World Cup are in SPACE #CauseScience

Everyone who has been watching the 2014 World Cup USA games has probably seen the amazing fan that dresses up like Teddy Roosevelt. If you haven’t, or can’t get enough of him, see below tweet from Buzzfeed.

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See, as epic as Teddy Roosevelt was historically, and as epic as this fan is now, in my own humble opinion, the most epic fans at the World Cup are these guys. I guess you can argue that they aren’t AT the World Cup, but then again, they are right above it sometimes.

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They are watching and supporting ‘Merica from SPACE… that’s right: SPACE. How can you be more epic than space? SO my vote for the most epic fans for team USA are the astronauts, who have taken time from doing science and being astronauts, to watch and play the games in space. Follow them on twitter to get more awesome updates from the International Space Station (@astro_reid @Astro_Alex ).

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Bend it like Beckham: Ed Fontes teaches us about the new World Cup ball #scienceofsport

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Ed Fontes has posted a super cool blog post on COMSOL blog about the physics and engineering of the new 2014 FIFA World Cup ball. Definitely check out the article for in-depth analysis and really nice illustrations and figures!

The Beckham and Maradona curl obtained with the inside of the soccer cleat (football boot), and the curl by Eder, Nelinho, and Roberto Carlos with the outside of the cleat, is due to the Magnus effect. The effect is named after the scientist who first observed it in a laboratory in the 1850s. The Magnus effect explains the side-force on a sphere that is both rotating and moving forward. Here, we use it to analyze the World Cup™ match ball.