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#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Dog Spies, Girl Scouts, Pet Trade, Moral Paradox, Tiniest Microbe, Human-Teeth Fish, Mimic Octopus, and more.

- Stephanie Swift - Making Pretty, Meaty, Friendly Animals - Julie Hecht - Spying on Dogs: Intrigue, drama and science - Jennifer Ouellette - Walking the Planck: Our Lopsided Universe - Bonnie Swoger - On Girl Scouts, glaciers, and great women - Becky Crew - The sheepshead fish has human teeth, but it’s okay because it won’t give you a psychedelic crisis - Jennifer Frazer - What The World’s Tiniest Free-Living Microbe Is Doing In You - Katherine Harmon - Mimic Octopus Makes Home on Great Barrier Reef - John R.

STAFFMarch 21, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Welcome Dog Spies the newest blog at #SciAmBlogs

A very exciting day at the network today, as we welcome a new blogger - Julie Hecht, an expert in dog cognition and behavior, which is mostly (some other animals may occasionally show up) what her new blog Dog Spies is going to be about.

STAFFMarch 21, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Why Total Reporting of Genetic Results Is a Bad Idea

Laboratories that sequence an individual’s entire genome should limit the results they report to clinicians and their patients based on certain usability criteria, according to the first set of guidelines on the subject from the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG).

March 21, 2013 — Christine Gorman

Danger Zone! The New Madrid Seismic Zone

Malachite asked an excellent question I’m actually well-placed to address without further research. Yay! New curiosity: what the heck is that danger zone where Missouri meets Tennessee?

March 21, 2013 — Dana Hunter

Walking the Planck: Our Lopsided Universe

We were not hardy enough to stay up until the wee hours for the big announcement of the latest results from the Planck satellite mission, but it is all over the science blogosphere this morning, so we didn't miss much.

March 21, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Mimic Octopus Makes Home on Great Barrier Reef

Of all the amazing octopus species out there, the mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus , is perhaps the most bewildering. While most known octopuses are able to change color and shape for camouflage, mimic octopuses can also impersonate other animals to deter would-be predators.

March 21, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

On Girl Scouts, glaciers, and great women

When most folks think about Girl Scouts, they think about cookies. I love the cookies (peanut butter patties are my favorite) but thinking about Girl Scouts brings to my mind calculus, the glacial border region of Western New York, and the friendships I shared with a remarkable group of women who have all gone on to have successful careers in science and engineering fields.I was a Girl Scout for twelve years.

March 21, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger

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