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To sleep perchance to learn

From the Sleights of Mind archives. When I was 11 or 12, my geography teacher in Spain announced that every student needed to learn the capital of each country in the world, in addition to all the major geographical features of every continent: rivers, mountain ranges, capes, gulfs, and archipelagos...

May 23, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - science diagrams, mental illness art, beavers are fish, amphibian decline, cicadas, and more.

 Check out the new Video of the Week.- Clarissa Ai Ling Lee - The Art and Science of the Diagram: Communicating the Knowledge of the Heavens, the Earth and the Arcane, Final Part - Donald Stedman - A new way has been found to make truck emissions testing more accurate and less costly - Rachel Roenfeldt - Marine Protected Areas and Catalina Island: Conserve, Maintain and Enrich - Jason G...

STAFFMay 23, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Protist-y art continued: the protist zodiac

One night, when I was definitely completely sober in every way possible (of course!), it struck me that while both the European and Chinese zodiacs (ones I'm familiar with) display a nice variety of animals with and without backbones (I happen to be spineless according to the European one, and scaly and flame-breathing according to the Chinese version), somehow the ancients have missed out on a very major and obvious group -- the protists...

May 23, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

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