This Month in STEM News – January, 2014

Now that we are fully in the throes of 2014, I’d like to take a second to highlight some of the exciting STEM news that surfaced after the turn of the new year. So without further ado…

The Animal Kingdom IconAnimal Kingdom

For your daily dose of “Awwwww,” you can thank Washington DC for this month’s animal-related story: Bao Bao the baby giant panda finally made her public debut. For your daily dose of science, experts explain why you think it’s so darn cute. Read article

Extreme Weather IconExtreme Weather

Polar Vortex, Polar Vortex, Polar Vortex. Other weather phenomenons are probably feeling a bit like Jan Brady after the amount of coverage the Polar Vortex has conjured this month. Since we’ve been super bombarded with the science behind these low temperatures, here’s a beautiful visualization of this chilly phenomenon instead. Read article

Medical Innovations IconMedical Innovations

It was recently announced that scientists may have found a way to make embryonic-like stem cells from adult cells. The process for making these cells is so radically different that the cells have earned themselves a new name: STAP cells. Read why some scientists are labeling the process as magical… Read article

Robotics IconRobotics

In an attempt to bolster the company’s robotics portfolio, Google has recently acquired artificial intelligence technology, or AI. Google’s not saying much about this acquisition, which leaves me no choice but to fill in the blanks with my own science fiction plot…  Read article

Space IconSpace

Move over NASA, Virgin Galactic is attracting it’s own space shuttle commanders. This month, a former NASA Space Shuttle Commander takes his new ride for a spin, courtesy of Virgin Galactic. Can’t wait to get your hands on a boarding pass? Don’t worry, you’ll only need to fork out $250,000. Read article

Under the Sea IconUnder the Sea

Just when we thought coral reefs were only for tropical vacations, Canadian researchers discovered a chillier version of the tourist attraction. The first ever Greenlandic reef was discovered in the frigid waters off the coast of Greenland, and the discovery was totally not on purpose… Read article

Video Games IconVideo Games

Two words: Virtual Legoland. If you haven’t seen this recent Google creation, you’ve got to check it out. Read article

Wind Energy IconWind Energy

Ok, I admit it. This subject is often the toughest to fill with cool content, as many of the developments in this field are either really slow or written in legaleze. So I was delighted to come across coverage of the world’s largest offshore wind farm as seen from space. Use this backdrop for your next game of dots and boxes! Read article

So there, various STEM subject lovers. You’re covered!