They appear across times and cultures—and our fascination with them may have both evolutionary and paleontological origins
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What a horrifying month at the Scientific American blog network! Tiger butchering, disgusting ways to die, and a massive killer storm! Let’s all hope for some kittens and sunny days in December… Featured in this episode: Man convicted for killing and eating China’s last Indochinese tiger: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2009/12/25/man-convicted-for-killing-and-eating-chinas-last-indochinese-tiger/ 13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You’re an [...]..
Over the past few years, I’ve taught a humanities class for college freshmen, and among the required readings is the “Stream of Thought” section of William James’s classic 1890 work Principles of Psychology...
As we sat in my car outside a silent movie theater in Los Angeles, my friend anxiously opened a plastic bag containing a white T-shirt she’d slept in for the past three nights.
Daniel Tammet has memorized Pi to the 22,514th digit. He speaks ten different languages, including one of his own invention, and he can multiply enormous sums in his head within a matter of seconds...
Ever since the childrens book Walter the Farting Dog hit bookstores in 2001, even the youngest members of our species know the truth. Dogs fart.
As we all sit down tonight to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will be going around the table giving thanks for our everyday sources of gratitude, like friendships, relationships, and good health...
This week’s video comes to us from Rob Nelson at Untamed Science. According to Rob: Siats (pronounced SEE-OTTS) is a giant mega-predator (think T-Rex, but living at a different time)...
Another week, more great stuff. We have a great selection today which will make your weekend really really good. Dig in! – A New Kind of Food Science: How IBM Is Using Big Data to Invent Creative Recipes by Aatish Bhatia Computers are constantly getting smarter...
San Diego—Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of psychiatric illnesses among writers and artists, concluded psychiatrist Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins Medical School speaking last week at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego...
You love your dog. Does your dog love you back? Is the love that an owner feels for her dog reciprocated? That's the question that a group of Swedish and Danish researchers wanted to answer...
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