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Anthropology in Practice

Editor’s Selections: Speaking In Tongues, Bi-Gendered Individuals, And The Prisoner’s Dilemma

Highlighted in my column this week: At Geneaology of Religion, Cris Campbell has a nice summary of dissociative speech patterns—in layman’s terms, that’s to say he breaks down different ways of “speaking in tongues.” The Neuroskeptic discusses a small, self-selected study on “bi-gendered” individuals which highlights the ways social pressures can color our identities. At NeuroDojo, Zen Faulkes [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Marbles Lost, Marbles Found: Children’s Games and Consequences

I used to be a crack shot at pitch (marbles) as a kid. I learned from my dad. We’d draw a circle with a piece of chalk, and “pitch” our taws at each other’s pieces, which is how the game gets its name in Trinidad. Our goal was to knock each other’s pieces out of [...]

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Battle fatigue: Can pretend warfare cathartically curb real war?

My teenage son, Mac, shot me. Twice, on the same day. I felt pride. And pain. Together with about 60 other guys, Mac and I were playing an "Airsoft" war game in a wooded Army Reserve training camp in Tolland, a tiny town in western Massachusetts. Airsoft is like paintball, except that the gas- or [...]

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How to stay sane on a ship in the middle of the ocean

The Knorr is a big ship as far as research vessels go – but there’s still no getting around the fact that you’re in a little metal box in the middle of the ocean with 49 other people for a month. Add to that the fact that most people are doing highly repetitive experiments all [...]

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Play, Informal Learning Cultivate Kids’ Interest in STEM

A visitor learns to solder and connect a circuit in a workshop at the New York Hall of Science's Maker Space.

When I was eight years old I couldn’t speak English. I’d been born in another country and came to the U.S. because my father’s postdoctoral medical research brought us here. Frustrated with my inability to communicate with others, I stopped trying. I didn’t want to play with the other kids anyway – at least that’s [...]

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Wind and Mr. Ug: Finding love on the (Möbius) strip [Video]

If you’re a fan of clever and fun, you must check out this video from Vi Hart, a self-proclaimed recreational "mathemusician". This video went viral a few weeks ago. In his New York Times profile of her, Kenneth Chang describes her goal to be the Web 2.0 version of the late Martin Gardner, famous for [...]

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Forget e-reading, the iPad is more likely to be used for fun and (3-D) games

Apple, iPad

Most people, even those who pre-ordered the new Apple iPad, have yet to get their hands on one, but game developers have already put the wheels in motion to take advantage of the new platform. Say what you will about the iPad potentially turning the e-book reader market on its ear. Games are big business [...]

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Happy (2 5 x 3 – 1)th birthday to Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner

Longtime Scientific American columnist Martin Gardner turns 95 Wednesday, and a profile in Tuesday’s New York Times honors the mathematical proselytizer who, tireless as ever, marks the milestone himself with the publication of a new book. The new volume of essays, When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish, is just the latest [...]

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Roots of Unity

Online Game Crowd-Sources Theorems

So close! Can we just round this one up to success? Screenshot from Nice Neighbors by Chris Staecker.

Now is your chance to prove some theorems without knowing what they mean! Chris Staecker, a mathematician at Fairfield University, created the game Nice Neighbors to get crowd-sourced solutions to problems from a field called digital topology. Whether that means anything to you or not, you might be able to help Staecker and his colleagues prove some [...]

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Winter Sprinter: Endless Running from Warming


When a medical animation and app agency wants to send out a holiday card, what’s better than an 8-bit adventure you can play? In addition to creating science-art and blogging here on Symbiartic, I work at INVIVO Communications. I get to share the medical and scientific apps, animations and communication projects created by the talented [...]

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