Disconnect: Do Government Lawyers Not Understand the Internet? (Washington Post)

computer laptopThe Washington Post explores the disconnect between government lawyers and the Internet, particularly through issues of cybersecurity. With the rise of technical cases, it seems too few lawyers understand computers code, its networks, and its users.

It’s also becoming more difficult to set legal boundaries around mass surveillance, particularly with the Justice Department’s decade-old Electronic Surveillance Manual. Read “Government lawyers don’t understand the Internet. That’s a problem.”

Slideshow: ‘Botanizing America’ Celebrates the Nation’s Professional and Amateur Scientists

Bullhead pond lily, from “Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors”

Bullhead pond lily, from “Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors”

During the nineteenth century botany rose to be the most popular science in the US. Alongside professional botanists grew a legion of keen, amateur scientists, who scoured the nation looking for botanical discoveries, and, in the process, defined America as a place of immeasurable natural resources and physical beauty.

The exhibition, Botanizing America: Citizens, Scientests, and the Quest for a National Identity, explores the rich history of botany in the US through a selection of botanical imprints, field reports, and personal sketchbooks. Among those being celebrated is Kate Furbish, whose depictions of the wild flowers of Maine are the subject of the new book Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors, to be celebrated with a book launch and reception today.

Read more and see a slideshow from Botanizing America.

Printing Lessons: 3D Printers Provide Added Dimension to Teaching, Learning (WGME)

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Soren Eustis recently shared with WGME how he’s using 3D printers for his teaching and research. Faculty and staff at Bowdoin are increasingly using 3D printers to make complex objects very cheaply.

Watch the WGME/CBS 13 clip above, and for more on the topic check out the video “Bowdoin Profs, Students Use 3D Printers to Advance Their Work.”

Trapped Russian Scientists At Last Fend Off Polar Bears (The Guardian)

Polar bear video thumbFor two weeks, 10 adult polar bears and some cubs besieged a group of Russian scientists working at an Arctic Ocean weather station on Troynoy Island. The five scientists were eventually rescued by a passing ship that supplied them with dogs and flares to frighten the bears.

The bears’ aggressive behavior is related to climate change, The Guardian reported. When the sea ice receded quickly, the bears didn’t have time to swim to other islands. With limited food for them on Troynoy, the bears began prowling the human habitat. Read more about the besieged scientists and their escape.