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Pioneering Women in the Geosciences: Introduction

When asked for early geologists, all of us can rattle off names. Some of us may remember Nicolas Steno, the father of stratigraphy. We certainly mention James Hutton (father of deep time) and Charles Lyell (father of modern geology)...

March 27, 2013 — Dana Hunter

Unusual Octopods Elude Science: The Case of the Football Octopus

Shallow-water octopuses can be difficult enough to find. They camouflage against corals, hide in holes and generally make themselves scarce. But researchers can at least attempt to observe and collect them by snorkeling, diving or skimming nets and bottom trawls.The rest of the vast, dark ocean, however, presents a much larger sampling challenge...

March 27, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

The Legacy of Lifestyle

Kids are full of surprises, right down to the coded biological programs they inherit, which may contain subtle chemical reminders of their parents' lifestyles.

March 27, 2013 — Kara Rogers

If the Supreme Court is biased, which way does it lean?

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - William Shakespeare, Hamlet According to a poll from the Pew Research Center that has come out just in time for this week's historic decisions on marriage equality, we should all be concerned...

March 27, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Two Sources of Moral Behavior: Who You Are and How You Feel

AW –You describe a tension that a lot of scientists (myself included) wonder about, but few have addressed head on. The implications here are huge: in encouraging moral behavior, should we encourage people to think about the moral acts in which they've already engaged, or nudge them away from this type of humble-bragging?...

March 27, 2013 — Jamil Zaki

Fat Tuesday: Was I addicted to food? Ed. Note: Every Fat Tuesday we discuss the neuroscience of hunger, satiety, and weight control.

March 26, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Saving Lives with a Solar Suitcase

While performing an emergency cesarean section, a team of doctors suddenly found themselves cloaked in darkness. The hospital had lost its electricity supply.

March 26, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

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