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Bora's Picks (May 3rd, 2013)

Working to save the mystery antelope that's little bigger than a pet cat by Lacey Avery: Little is known about the silver dik-dik (Madoqua piacentinii) population that roams the dense coastal bushlands of eastern Africa, but experts are working to learn more about the mysterious species......

STAFFMay 3, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Making (Political) Moves

Most of the scientific community thinks its work is important. Why can’t we seem to make anyone else believe it? And how do we know if we’re right?Yell louder than the other guy, the story goes...

May 3, 2013 — C.P. Frost

Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression

Depending on your perspective, Twitter can either be a valuable source of breaking news, or a fire hose of miscellaneous, often dubious information. Microsoft researchers are investigating whether the microblogging service could serve another, more scientific function—to spot signs of postpartum depression in new mothers based on changes in how and what they tweet.The research is in its early stages and in some ways relies heavily on data that’s easy to misinterpret...

May 3, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - D j Vu, Saturn's Hurricane, Elite journals, Scientific Fraud, and more.

- Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters - Research in the Digital Age: It’s More Than Finding Information… - Joel Taylor - Saturn’s Hurricane - Darren Naish - Herring gull eats sea star, and other tales of larid gastronomy - Dana Hunter - The Woman Who Crossed the Cascades and Inspired Batman - Hadas Shema - Elite journals: to hell in a handbasket? - Scott Huler - Even Counting Votes too Scientific for North Carolina - Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L...

STAFFMay 2, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Elite journals: to hell in a handbasket?

Once upon a time, journals were made of paper and ink. However, we left the dark ages of dead woods behind us and moved forward to an age in which authors don’t need to publish in journals (but still want to)...

May 2, 2013 — Hadas Shema

Saturn's Hurricane

There are several types of weather phenomena. A phenomenon is an observable fact or occurrence that is unusual and can be explained scientifically. The types of weather phenomena include fog, heat waves, cold waves, tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms, and different types of cyclones.A cyclone is a system of winds rotating inward to an area of low atmospheric pressure...

May 2, 2013 — Joel Taylor

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