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Power Plants

Throughout history many cultures have worshiped the Sun for its life-giving powers. In reality it is not the Sun itself, but rather the plants that have learned to harvest that all powerful sunshine, to whom we should bow on bended knees.Think about it...

June 5, 2013 — Mark Farmer

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - eating insects, maternal employment, sperm-eating squid, Pandora s Promise", Squamozoic, and more

Check out the new Image of the Week!- Layla Eplett - Rub A Dub Dub, Is It Time To Eat Grubs? - Jai Ranganathan - Scientists: do outreach or your science dies - Becky Crew - Australian squids eat sperm for better bodies and babies - Melanie Tannenbaum - Fox News Fact Check: Are studies on maternal employment all tinged with political bias? - John R...

STAFFJune 4, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Australian squid eat sperm for better bodies and babies

Sperm consumption has been reported for the first time in female southern bottletail squid , and it looks like they’re using this nutrient-rich ejaculate to maintain steady egg production and healthy bodies.Southern bottletail squid ( Sepiadarium austrinum ) are found in the shallow, coastal waters of southern Australia, and grow to only about 4 cm long...

June 4, 2013 — Becky Crew

How to Fly a Model Helicopter Using Only Your Thoughts

For decades, scientists have been developing brain-computer linkages they hope will enable people to manipulate objects hands free . Duke neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis reported a few years ago that a monkey fitted with implanted electrodes could use its brainpower to control the walking patterns of a robot ...

June 4, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

Wonderful Desmids

Image of the Week #94, June 4th, 2013: From: Wonderful Things: Desmids, Microscopic Plants of Unusual Beauty and Oddball Behavior and Desmids at High Res, and a Slight Technical Glitch by Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba ...

June 4, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

FDA Enlists Big Data to Track Down Pharma Fraud

Predictive analytics—lumped under the faddish banner of Big Data—is the high-profile set of techniques that tame numeric deluges to deduce that a new epidemic is starting to break or that a last-minute steal of an airfare has just popped up...

STAFFJune 4, 2013 — Gary Stix

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