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Bush-crow diaries: The African night

Finding colour-marked bush-crows and then racking up hours of observations is gruelling work under a full day of the African sun, particularly now that the ‘rainy’ season has subsided.

June 19, 2013 — Samuel Jones

Introducing: Sedeer el-Showk

This is a series of Q&As with young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They 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...

STAFFJune 19, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - new astronauts, glass fossils, marine protected areas, emotional intelligence, and more.

- Jag Bhalla - Game Theory And The Golden Punishment Rule - Scott Barry Kaufman - How Renaissance People Think - John R. Platt - Philippines Cancels Planned Burn of Confiscated Elephant Tusks after Clean-Air Groups Object - Alanna Waldman - Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas in Mexico - the Actam Chuleb Example - Kate Clancy - Why Has Canopy Meg Been Ousted? - Joanne Manaster - Decoding Annie Parker-A movie about the discovery of the BRCA1 gene - Glendon Mellow - Glass Fossils Inspire Molten Dreams - Melissa C...

STAFFJune 18, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Game Theory And The Golden Punishment Rule

Moral sciences are back. Natural laws of ethics, envisioned early in the Enlightenment, can now be studied. Scientists are relearning the wisdom of old traditions by objectively rating their performance...

June 18, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

New Astronauts Face Limited Opportunities for Spaceflight

NASA announced on Monday its 2013 class of astronaut candidates, but the current state of the agency’s human spaceflight program makes it hard to get excited about what lies ahead for these remarkable individuals.To mark the announcement, NASA hosted a Google Hangout on Air with several administrators and former astronauts. After sifting through more than 6,300 applications—the second-highest amount ever received—NASA chose four men and four women, and will train them “for missions to low Earth orbit, an asteroid and Mars,” according to a NASA press release.NASA’s human spaceflight program has gone through some recent downsizing...

June 18, 2013 — Bryan Bumgardner

Decoding Annie Parker-A movie about the discovery of the BRCA1 gene

I currently teach two online versions of a genomics course as a faculty lecturer at UIUC (one for undergraduates and one for certified teachers working on their Masters of Science Teaching Biology), and I love it when a topic I am teaching hits the news in a big way while the courses are in session.There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene, from Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy when she learned she had the BRCA1 mutation, which jumps her chances of getting breast cancer from 12 percent to 50-80 percent, to this week's US Supreme Court ruling that naturally occurring genes are not patentable...

June 18, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

How Renaissance People Think

Do you think like a polymath? Here’s a quick test: Are you more of a rational or intuitive thinker? If you cringed as you read the question and thought to yourself “I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought,” then you’re on the polymath path.According to psychologist Seymour Epstein’s cognitive-experiential self-theory, humans have two parallel but interacting modes of information processing...

June 18, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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