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Ben Alford

Ben Alford works in Indiana Public Media's online dimension and holds an M.A. from Indiana University Bloomington's History and Philosophy of Science department. When not vegetating in front of a computer screen or geeking out over a good book, he can be found outside exploring.

Recent posts by Ben

November 17, 2011

 

Nobel Medal

Older Scientists Not Disadvantaged In Nobel Contest

Over the last century, Nobel Prizes in the sciences have increasingly been awarded to older researchers.

November 16, 2011

 

Hubble Space Telescope

Nope, Still No Aliens

The Obama administration offers some hope but no change on the matter of extraterrestrial contact.

November 8, 2011

 

Inside a hard disk drive

Behind The Scenes Of Saving

We click 'Save' constantly, but what's actually going on when we do?

November 8, 2011

 

Marmoset

The Fluffy Science Of Cute

It's a fact, we love adorable things, but we still don't really know why.

October 29, 2011

 

Naked Mole Rat

Top Ten Lesser-Known Phobias

Who needs metaphysical ghouls when everyday phenomena can scare you just as well?

October 28, 2011

 

Sea Urchin

The Surreal World of Sea Urchins

French filmmaker, Jean Painlevé, ushers us into the disconcerting realm of echinoderms.

October 24, 2011

 

F-15

Pteromerhanophobia: When The Sky Attacks

There are some things the human body hasn't evolved to do. Supersonic ejection is one of them.

October 24, 2011

 

Ötzi, Say ‘Cheese’

No doubt about it, photographs of mummies are tasteless and terrifying. Then again, isn't that kind of the point of Halloween?

October 21, 2011

 

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Edison’s A Bad Role Model

Things get out of hand when a rambunctious work elephant comes face to face with Thomas Edison's insatiable ambition.

October 18, 2011

 

Geiger Counter

Excuse Me, Is That Merit Badge Glowing?

When a bright young Eagle Scout gets a really bad idea, it might not be a bad idea to duck and cover.

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