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Food Matters

Can Steel Stop Garlic’s Stink?

  It took me a while to come around to garlic. Now, I find it delicious, whether powdered on pizza, fire-roasted, swirled into curries and casseroles, or chopped fresh onto french fries. So, once you’ve handled garlic, how do you get that pungent odor out of your fingertips? Mark Lorch, of Chemistry Blog and Try This at [...]

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Guest Blog

The Replication Myth: Shedding Light on One of Science’s Dirty Little Secrets

In a series of recent articles published in The Economist (Unreliable Research: Trouble at the Lab and Problems with Scientific Research: How Science Goes Wrong), authors warned of a growing trend in unreliable scientific research. These authors (and certainly many scientists) view this pattern as a detrimental byproduct of the cutthroat ‘publish-or-perish’ world of contemporary [...]

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Not bad science

Is It Possible To Forget? Investigating the Suppression of Memories

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Everyone has experiences happen to them that they’d rather forget about. Every so often though, you might have a reminder of that experience: perhaps someone says something to you or you see something that jogs your memory. When this happens, and that memory rises to the surface, you may try to block that memory, or [...]

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Observations

Student Experiments for the International Space Station

Students ages 14-18: Have a big idea for an experiment that can be done in space? Bring it! That is, describe it in a video and post it to YouTube Space Lab by December 14. Your idea might be one of two that will actually be built and flown aboard the International Space Station. You’ll [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

Do Octopuses Feel Pain?

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The past couple posts have described some pretty severe experiments on octopuses, including: showing how octopus arms can grow back after inflicted damage and how even severed octopus arms can react to stimuli. (For the record, animals in the studies were anesthetized and euthanized, respectively.) Without getting too far into the woods (or reefs) of [...]

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Oscillator

Which bacteria are in my poop? It depends where you look…

Figure 1: Sampling strategy

This is a guest post from my friend and former colleague Tami Lieberman. She’s a postdoc in the Kishony Lab in the Department of Systems Biology at the Harvard Medical School, and you follow her on twitter @conTAMInatedsci. As a recently minted PhD, I study the evolution of bacteria during infection. I want to better [...]

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PsiVid

YouTube SpaceLab Video Contest for Teens

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Have you ever thought that you had a great idea for an experiment to be done in space? Maybe you’ve hoped your idea could have an audience with Stephen Hawking and astronauts and other luminaries! If you haven’t, you might start considering this today! If you are aged 14-18, the time is now to submit [...]

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