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It Is in Our Nature to Need Stories

It is in our nature to need stories. They are our earliest sciences, a kind of people-physics. Their logic is how we naturally think. They configure our biology, and how we feel, in ways long essential for our survival.Like our language instinct, a story drive—an inborn hunger for story hearing and story making—emerges untutored universally in healthy children...

May 8, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

Exploration Nation: The Last Shaman

On April 9th, our expedition team made its way to Puerto Viejo Sarapiqui, a small town on the Indian river at the far northern edge of Costa Rica. Here we would catch a river boat to travel deep into the southern region of Nicaragua where we would be rejoined with the tribal elders whom we had met in October of 2012.What is normally a three hour boat ride has transformed into a seven hour trip due to low river levels...

May 8, 2013 — Pete Monfre

Hello Internet!

Hello Internet! Scicurious here. For the past FIVE years now, Sci has brought you the latest and greatest (and sometimes the worst), in neuroscience, physiology, and stuff like poop.

May 8, 2013 — Scicurious

Visualizing Clean Energy Progress

Data visualizations with the International Energy Agency's Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013 report show what it means when they say that the world is not on track to meet 2050 sustainability goals.The eight interactive data visualizations take users through the data behind this grim message, and reveal the opportunities that are opening in the transportation sector...

May 8, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - Mythbusters, attractive voice, photo finish, caffeinated amoeba, Ray Harryhausen, DSM-5, and more.

Sorry for missing in action last night - was busy having fun in Toronto...- Kyle Hill - A Decade of Explosions: What ‘Mythbusters’ Taught Me - Susan Swanberg - Solving the Mysteries of the Human Condition Using Genetic Tools - Bob Grumman - M@h*(pOet)?ica–Mathekphrastic Poetry, Part 2 - Scicurious - I heard her loveliness in her voice. - Ilana Yurkiewicz - From classrooms to hospitals: when medicine doesn’t have all the answers - Mary Karmelek - Winning in a Snap: A History of Photo Finishes and Horse Racing - Psi Wavefunction - Coffee interferes with construction efforts… if you’re an amoeba - Scott Barry Kaufman - Turning Adversity into Creative Growth - Scott Huler - Texas vs...

STAFFMay 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Fat Tuesday: Facial Restoration

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Make-up_mirror.jpg It's been 10 weeks since my gastric bypass and my body has been on a rollercoaster ride of changes.

May 7, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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