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'Best of the Blogs' is a monthly video series that highlights some of the most fascinating stories from the Scientific American blog network. Every month, Carin Bondar chooses a few of the blog posts that were published over the course of the month, has the bloggers record a brief narration, and meshes it all up into a fascinating mix of stories, images and video...
The brain has a problem. Information can only enter it through sensory apparatuses: the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. And the information that enters the brain is fairly simple.
Another amazingly plentiful week. Enjoy the weekend! A Plague of Locusts Descends Upon the Holy Land, Just in Time for Passover by Rachel Nuwer: Locusts have plagued farmers for millennia...
Say it out loud, "chem-i-cal". It flows well, and it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? What does this word mean? You'd be surprised by most definitions.
In response to my last post, which proposed that Transcendental Meditation and other cults might be exploiting the placebo effect, some readers cited studies supposedly showing that TM has therapeutic benefits...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Glia smarts, sirtuins, Daylight Saving Time, Karst and Sinkholes, Lake Vostok, and more.
Today we have the brand new Video of the Week!- R. Douglas Fields - Human Brain Cells Make Mice Smart - Cory Simon - Post-Combustion CO2 Capture to Mitigate Climate Change: Separation Costs Energy - David Stipp - Thinning the Fog around Sirtuins - Bora Zivkovic - Let’s Not Spring Forward. - Dana Hunter - Living (and Sometimes Dying) with Karst - David Bressan - Down the Rabbit Hole - Caleb A...
Deep in the Antarctic (Credit: NSF) Recent efforts to extract a water sample from the ancient sub-surface Antarctic Lake Vostok seem to be yielding some promising results.
Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [iPhone 4S - $336; water droplet - free]One year ago I posted a short note describing how to turn your cell phone into a microscope using a droplet of water .I haven't used the technique much since, but this afternoon I turned on the faucet, grabbed an ant, and captured this macro shot of the insect as she rested on a backlit leaf...
For all their popularity as the subject of dedicated books, cats, dogs, bears and their relatives have never previously been the focus of a single, field guide-style volume that treats all of them together...
The Countdown, Episode 17 - Mercury's Magma Ocean, Flinging Space Trash, Spectacular Solar Images, Van Allen's Third Belt, Massive Black Hole Spins Near Light-Speed
[ The text below is a modified transcript of this video. ]5) Mercury’s Magma OceanMercury may once have contained a veritable ocean of shifting, glowing molten rock.
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