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#SciAmBlogs Monday - Plague, mesopredators, glassfrogs, meteor extinctions, quantum dots, dog recognition, #AAASmtg, and more.

There is a new Image of the Week today.- Tara C. Smith - How politics and an earthquake led to prairie dog plague - Anne-Marie Hodge - Laikipia Plateau: What is a Mesopredator? - Maureen McCarthy - Chimps in Uganda: Conservation Conversation - Krystal D'Costa - A Right to Be Clean: Sanitation and the Rise of New York City’s Water Towers - Becky Crew - Dogs recognise other dogs in a crowd - Alex Wild - Art of the Living Dead - Darren Naish - Everybody loves glassfrogs - Jennifer Frazer - A Stuffy Government Yearbook and Its Beautiful, Exotic Worms - Jennifer Ouellette - Maxwell’s Demon Meets Quantum Dots and Babble-onia: Solving the Cocktail Party Problem and Physics Week in Review: February 16, 2013 - Scicurious - AAAS: Science and Social Media RECAP! - Ingrid Wickelgren - A Surefire Way to Sharpen Your Focus - John Horgan - The Weird Irony at the Heart of the Napoleon Chagnon Affair and Why Drones Should Make You Afraid...

STAFFFebruary 18, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Zombie Ants

Image of the Week #80, February 18th, 2013: From: Art of the Living Dead by Alex Wild at Compound Eye .

February 18, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

The Weird Irony at the Heart of the Napoleon Chagnon Affair

I have a few things to get off my chest regarding Napoleon Chagnon, who is back in the news with a score-settling memoir, Noble Savages . On Sunday, Savages was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review , and Chagnon was profiled in a Times Magazine article: "How Napoleon Chagnon Became Our Most Controversial Anthropologist." Both pieces focus on the 2000 book Darkness in El Dorado by Chagnon's nemesis, journalist Patrick Tierney...

February 18, 2013 — John Horgan

Fish, Fungus and Flea Beetles

The Southern Ontario Nature & Science Illustrators' (SONSI) exhibit is on right now in Toronto.I used to be webmaster-blogger for this amazing group - and I would be hard-pressed to find a more professional, fun, and above all talented group of illustrators anywhere...

February 18, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

Maxwell's Demon Meets Quantum Dots

Entropy. It's at the root of one of the most famous physics thought experiments of the 20th century (second only to the infamous Schroedinger's cat), devised by a Scottish physicist named James Clerk Maxwell, called Maxwell's Demon...

February 18, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

A Surefire Way to Sharpen Your Focus

How many times have you arrived someplace but had no memory of the trip there? Have you ever been sitting in an auditorium daydreaming, not registering what the people on stage are saying or playing?...

February 18, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Dogs recognise other dogs in a crowd

They may have the largest physical variety among all animal species on Earth, but dogs can still recognise one of their own over any other animal based on simple images of their faces.S..

February 18, 2013 — Becky Crew

AAAS: Science and Social Media RECAP!

Sci is back from the AAAS meeting! It was lovely to meet so many new people! And Christie and Dominique and I were delighted with the response to our session on science and social media.While Christie covered WHY scientists should get on social media, and Dominique talked about some of the hazards and research on internet science communication, I focused on HOW...

February 18, 2013 — Scicurious

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