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Ronan Fights Back! Scrappy Sea Lion Might Reclaim the Title of First Non-Human Mammal Dancer

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a new study by Peter Cook and colleagues from the Pinniped Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In their study, Cook claimed that Ronan the California sea lion was the first non-human mammal to show evidence of "rhythmic entrainment," or the ability to synchronize the movements of his body with an external rhythm...

April 18, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

The Swimming Sea Cucumber and the Exploding Paint Pack

Sea cucumbers aren't all boring, trundling bags. Some of them swim -- and glow. Though I opted to focus on creatures found at greater depths in my last post, one of the creatures observed by the Deepsea Challenger expedition in the New Britain Trench at a relatively shallow 1000 meters was just such a swimming sea cucumber...

April 18, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Is “bad altruism” better than no altruism?

AW, The question you ask—when do acts of charity produce "slacking" later on?—connects nicely with a classic debate about altruism.  Dan Batson is a strong partisan for one side of this debate, but describes both sides well in a classic paper.  On the one hand, people might truly care about the welfare of others: a [...]..

April 18, 2013 — Jamil Zaki

Landmark EV report answers question: where are we?

Last year, the EV City Casebook set a baseline for global electric vehicle (EV) market discussions. Yesterday, the landmark Global EV Outlook (GEO) report took readers from this city-focus to a global one, painting a data-driven picture of the global EV market trajectory...

April 18, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - BRAIN, Earth's limits, supervolcanoes, human origins, painting with fish, and more.

Check out the new video of the week - our monthly Best Of The Blogs video.- Cynthia Graber - Beyond Boston: A reporter leaves home soon after the bombings and finds some solace in science - Ramez Naam - The Limits of the Earth–Part 1: Problems - Cadell Last - Supervolcanoes in the Ancient World - Eric Michael Johnson - The Mosaic of Human Origins - Becky Crew - New Skin-Feeding Amphibian Found in French Guiana - Melissa C...

STAFFApril 18, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Beyond Boston: A reporter leaves home soon after the bombings and finds some solace in science

I live in Boston. Or rather in Somerville - over the river, as we locals say, across the Charles from downtown. It's a short walk from my apartment to the halls of MIT and Harvard, a bike or subway ride to Tufts and Boston University, easy access to the constantly expanding hub of hospitals, research institutions, biotech giants and start-ups, next-generation technology companies...

April 17, 2013 — Cynthia Graber

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