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Anthropology in Practice

The Original Angry Birds?

It occurred to me that birds have been angry with us for some time: And perhaps, they have good reason to be: Launching themselves via slingshots seems a natural next step, no?

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We’re All X-Men as Far as Genetic Mutations Go

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“Mutants became objects of fear and hatred.” — Kitty Pryde narrating in the story “Days of Future Past” found in The Uncanny X-Men #141 in January 1980 “In her DNA they found the key to her mutant power.” — Professor X musing about how Mystique was used to derive special powers for the Sentinel army [...]

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Guest Blog

From fuel to film: The story of energy and movies

On Wednesday March 9, energy and film experts gathered at the original Austin City Limits studio on The University of Texas campus to discuss the role of energy and movies in our lives. The event was hosted by Dr. Michael E. Webber, and featured a panel of energy and film experts: author Sheril Kirshenbaum, producer [...]

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Guest Blog

The Sundance Diaries: Focus on the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Tamara Krinsky is reporting on the science-oriented films and conversations from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This is her second report for Scientific American. Winning a jury prize at Sundance can change a filmmaker’s life, bringing them recognition and new career opportunities. But winning the Alfred P. Sloan prize brings a [...]

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Guest Blog

The Sundance Diaries: The Interrupters and Project Nim

Tamara Krinsky is reporting on the science-oriented films and conversations from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This is her first report for Scientific American. When one thinks of Sundance, "science" isn’t usually one of the first words that comes to mind. However, when attending the annual forward thinking festival in Park [...]

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Not bad science

Top 10 Horror Movies Featuring Animals (and Behaviour)

One of my guilty pleasures is sci-fi movies featuring animal behaviour, especially when it’s done terribly. For something different from my usual articles, I decided that for Hallowe’en I’d highlight my top ten favourite good-bad movies that feature animal behaviour as a main theme (even if not intended that way).   10) Piranha 3D In [...]

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Observations

Breakthrough Could Enable Others to Watch Your Dreams and Memories [Video]

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have reconstructed the internal “movie” that plays in a person’s head. To re-create dynamic visual experiences, they used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the brain activity of volunteers (the other members of the research team) as they watched short movie clips (left panel in the video [...]

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Observations

Contagion Spreads Truths about Bioterrorism

Gwyneth Paltrow as Beth Emhoff in Contagion

NEW YORK—Just as a true outbreak might, the new viral thriller Contagion, opening this weekend, begins unremarkably enough. A simple cough, heard against a black screen. This is no ordinary hack, of course. Aside from coming from the lovely, if peaked, Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) passing time at a Chicago O’Hare airport bar, this cough [...]

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Observations

Energy at the movies–tonight

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Nuclear power is evil. Solar power is our savior. Or…is it the other way around? Tonight (March 9), at 7:00 p.m. EST, the University of Texas will present an entertaining program about how movies have depicted energy sources and therefore shaped public opinion and government policy, for 70 years. The evening will be filled with [...]

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Observations

Energy at the movies–huh?

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Different branches of science have played famous roles in lots of movies. But one category is often overlooked: sources of energy, even though the plots and turning points of major movies have hinged on just that. How likely is the potential nuclear reactor meltdown in China Syndrome (Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon)? How quickly could the [...]

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Observations

Can You Learn Physics from a Comic Book?

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SAN DIEGO–You won’t learn much physics watching a sci-fi movie or TV show, but reading an old comic book or taking Jim Kakalios’s "Physics of Superheroes" seminar at the University of Minnesota might inspire you to figure out if the Flash would consume all of Earth’s oxygen if he ran at nearly the speed of [...]

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Plugged In

Who Needs Investment: Let’s Have an Infrastructure Film Festival

The television show “Revolution” is getting ready to start, with its plot based on the failure of the electrical grid. That’s nothing new, though — the most recent Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Spiderman movie, “The Amazing Spiderman,” came out this summer, each with significant events or  themes involving infrastructure systems. Half of the [...]

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PsySociety

Envying Evolution: What Can The X-Men Teach Us About Stereotypes?

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This weekend marked the opening of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise. For those who are unfamiliar with the X-Men series, the stories revolve around groups of ‘mutants,’ super-powered beings who supposedly represent the next stage in human evolution and whose powers run the gamut from [...]

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Talking back

Get Smart by Using 10 Percent Less of Your Brain

The movie Lucy has become a teaching moment in the last month or so for scientists and journalists to  remind the world—time and again—that we don’t just use 10 percent of our brains. All of the three pounds of jelly underneath our hardened domes is there for a good reason. It’s not just a terabyte [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

The Tet Zoo Guide to Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero (Warner Bros/Legendary)... it might contain answers. It might not.

I don’t think I can put it off any longer. Episode 10 of the much-lauded TetZoo podcast – recorded just the other day and due to go live soon – made up my mind, as did the several science-themed articles about the movie published here at SciAm Blogs and at other science-based sites. Put simply: [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Storify of Live Tweets of CNN’s Airing of the Award-winning Documentary ‘Blackfish’

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Last night, I joined a group of marine mammal and animal behavior experts to livetweet and liveblog CNN’s airing of the award-winning documentary Blackfish. I’ve taken some of the higlights and compiled a Storify.

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The Thoughtful Animal

“Blackfish” Will Air on CNN Tomorrow at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. Watch and Tweet With Us!

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Join me and a group of marine mammal and animal behavior experts tomorrow as we livetweet CNN’s airing of the award-winning documentary Blackfish.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Science on Screen in LA Tomorrow: Bestiaire followed by Q&A

Tomorrow night, Friday February 22 at 7:30pm, Cinefamily and and Cinespia Salon will present the latest installment of the their Science on Screen series at the old Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles. The evening’s screening will feature an independent film called Bestiaire. A truly breathtaking exploration of interspecies observation, Bestiaire is the rare documentary [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Putting Science on Screen (A Tale Told In Tweets)

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What responsibilities do filmmakers have in terms of scientific accuracy? Usually, I argue that filmmakers are storytellers first, and while scientific accuracy (or plausibility) can often support a narrative, the first responsibility of the filmmaker is to weave a captivating tale. But what happens when the film (or TV series) in question is overtly scientific [...]

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