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Two Evelyns and a Katie: a Snapshot from AAAS

Evelyns from Texas at the AJAS poster session. (Left: yours truly. Right: Evelyn Ho.) When I was at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston last week, I popped by the American Junior Academy of Science poster session featuring the work of high school scientists.

February 22, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Food Delivers a Cocktail of Hormone-Like Signals to Body

Pesto pasta by Flickr user _e.t The chicken pesto pasta on your plate is more than just tasty fuel to keep you going. The dish has carbohydrates, fats and proteins to be sure, but it also contains other nutrients and chemicals that send subtle cues and instructions to your cells.

February 22, 2013 — Marissa Fessenden

On "Media Refusal and Conspicuous Non-Consumption: The Performative and Political Dimensions of Facebook Abstention"

I just did something that I'm sure is not on any "helpful tips" list for aspiring science bloggers. Some users have "unliked" Facebook To write this post, I just copied a title from an academic journal and hit <CTRL> V in the headline field of WordPress.I wouldn't usually do a cut and paste, but this title brought a big smile and, after all, isn't consummate fascination the sine qua non of search engine optimization?The headline above also happened to top an article by Laura Portwood-Stacer, a visiting professor at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, an article published online in the journal New Media and Society.

STAFFFebruary 22, 2013 — Gary Stix

Bees under the Microscope

Honey Bee Mid and Hind Gut Much has been written about the continuing disappearance of the honey bee, the corresponding demise of commercial beekeeping and the various culprits that account for the decline or colony collapse disorder (CCD) as it is known in the trade.

February 22, 2013 — Charles Crookenden

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Testing Kids DNA, medical apps, Einstein Writings, 3-D Printed Octopus Suckers, Stormwater, ENCODE, and more.

- Ricki Lewis - New Guidelines on Testing Kids’ DNA – the Cliff’s Notes Version  - Carly Goldstein - There’s an App for That: Policy and Technological Advances in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease  - Ashutosh Jogalekar - ENCODE, Apple Maps and function: Why definitions matter and Physics Nobel Prizes and second acts  - John R.

STAFFFebruary 21, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Karl Shuker s The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals

We’re all excited by, and interested in, ‘new’ species; that is, those that have been discovered and named within recent years, with “recent years” variously being considered synonymous with “since 2000”, “since the 1970s”, or “since 1899/1900”.In the modern age, species discovered within the 20 th century are generally considered ‘surprising’ and ‘recent’, and we often refer to them when making the point that new species are surely still out there to find.

February 21, 2013 — Darren Naish

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