They appear across times and cultures—and our fascination with them may have both evolutionary and paleontological origins
A new analysis of fossil beasts adds a new wrinkle to the story of when the Age of Mammals really took off
It's not just bad storytelling—it’s because the storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological
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IntroductionThinking diagrammatically as a way of conceptualizing our world has been in existence from the moment the first cave-person picked up a soft ‘rock’ and started making markings on the walls of his/her dwelling...
(Ed. note: This post previously appeared on our Sleights of Mind Blog) Change blindness, our failure to detect changes in a scene that should have been (but weren't) obvious, is a common occurrence not only on the magic stage, but it in real life, too.The San Francisco Exploratorium has now produced a spectacular demonstration of cumulative change blindness...
#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...
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...
Anyone who’s tried to move through fine sand—whether running along the beach or driving through the desert—knows the difficulty that a loose, granular track presents to locomotion.
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)...
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?...
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...
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...
Confused by what this might be? So were scientists for several hundred years. Apparently, the occupant of this contorted alder root also likes hanging out on your floor.
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