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Transplanted Bacteria Turn Up Testosterone to Protect Mice against Diabetes

Transplanted Bacteria Turn Up Testosterone to Protect Mice against Diabetes

Anyone still laboring under the mistaken assumption that genes are the most important factor in determining destiny should take a look at research that is being reported in this week’s Science about a particular strain of mice that have a genetic predisposition to develop type 1 diabetes.

January 17, 2013 — Christine Gorman
Unusual Creatures for Kids in Song, Book and Video!

Unusual Creatures for Kids in Song, Book and Video!

If you have kids, or teach, or were observant when you were a kid yourself, you know that kids learn in all different ways. Some are happy to sit quietly and read a book, some need the visual input from photo and video and some want to sing and dance their way to learning the material.

January 17, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
Introducing: Science Studio -- The year s best science multimedia

Introducing: Science Studio -- The year s best science multimedia

By Rose Eveleth So it's 2013 everybody. There are all sorts of reasons to be excited about that. The world didn't end, the Emancipation Proclamation turned 150, and it's the first year since 1987 to be made up of four different numbers.

STAFFJanuary 17, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
An Introduction: Sharing Stories with Strangers

An Introduction: Sharing Stories with Strangers

“I woke up forty days ago,” began a 922-word email sent to me shortly after I shared a story about a demented patient continually waking up to discover that he had had a leg amputation.

January 17, 2013 — Shara Yurkiewicz
Introducing: Lacey Avery

Introducing: Lacey Avery

This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public.

STAFFJanuary 17, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
The other peacock

The other peacock

Awesome male Green peacock, though lacking train (captive individual at Tierpark Berlin), photo by Markus Bühler, used with permission. Mention ‘peacock’ (or ‘peafowl’) and the vast majority of people will think of Pavo cristatus , the mostly Indian, blue-plumaged Indian peacock.

January 17, 2013 — Darren Naish
Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Unprecedented Saturn Storm

Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Unprecedented Saturn Storm

A true-color image captured by Cassini in February 2011 shows the head of the storm overtaking the fainter, turbulent tail. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI Just as regions of our planet have monsoon season, or tornado season, so too does Saturn have its own stormy season.Once every Saturn year or so—which corresponds to roughly 30 Earth years—a giant, churning storm works its way through the clouds of Saturn's northern hemisphere, sometimes encircling the entire planet like a belt.

January 17, 2013 — John Matson
#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Preadaptation, Egghead Video Contest, Coughs and Antibiotics, Electric Grid, and more.

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Preadaptation, Egghead Video Contest, Coughs and Antibiotics, Electric Grid, and more.

As often on Wednesdays, we have a brand new Video of the Week. - Cadell Last - Universality of Preadaptation for the Human Condition  - Ashutosh Jogalekar - The GPCR Network: A model for open scientific collaboration  - Bonnie Swoger - When journal articles are hard to find  - Darren Naish - The other turkey  - Robert Fares - Towards a Distributed, Intelligent Electric Grid  - Bora Zivkovic - ScienceOnline2012 – interview with Sean Ekins  - Scicurious - Is that a banana in your pocket or are you increasing your performance?  - DNLee - Wordless Wednesday: I’m an Outdoor Afro  - Eric R.

STAFFJanuary 16, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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