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Deception and Camouflage at Sea and on Land, 1915

German commerce-raider SMS “Emden” added a fourth, dummy, funnel to look more like a British ship. The ruse worked well. Image: Scientific American, February 6, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 6, 1915 The archetypical historical scene from World War I involves straight-ahead charges of huge numbers of soldiers against masses of artillery and machine guns. But those fighting the war also needed to be adept at the art and craft of subtlety, feint and [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Catfishing: The Truth About Deception Online

Red-tailed Catfish (Phractocephalus hemiliopterus). | Click on image for license and information.

The growing popularity of online dating The dating scene has been changing over the last decade. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005. Additionally, 42% of Americans know someone [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Editor’s Selections: Warring Incans, Deception, and the Alaskan Highway

Ed Note: Part of my online life includes editorial duties at, where I serve as the Social Sciences Editor. Each Thursday, I pick notable posts on research in anthropology, philosophy, social science, and research to share on the News site. To help highlight this writing, I also share my selections here on AiP. [...]

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Not bad science

How Do Male Spiders Get Away With Giving Worthless Gifts to Females?

Male gift-giving spider carrying his wrapped gift

In many animals, males give females a gift in the hope of getting to mate with her. This might sound overly simplistic, but this really can be how it happens. For example, kingfishers will catch fish to give to females as part of their courtship. However, having a system like this means that there is [...]

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