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Just a Few Hours Left to Contribute to the PhD Movie Sequel!

Jorge Cham of PhD comics fame has already run a tremendously successful kickstarter campaign to create his second film. It’s not surprising considering the huge success of Cham’s comics and the first movie, which was screened at over 500 universities world wide...

July 3, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Meet the Voices of Science

"I'm good now, Mariette. Are you good?" I was. It was a Sunday morning in October 2013, and Danielle Lee, author of The Urban Scientist blog on Scientific American's network, and I were talking about the future...

STAFFJuly 2, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina

Imagination Institute to Study How the Mind Conjures

One of humanity’s most precious resources is imagination. Our ability to overcome the constraints of the present environment and travel to distant places and hopeful futures all in the mind is a skill that is hugely neglected in today’s society...

July 1, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Dog-Eared Reading (June 2014)

I had one of those `woe is me' moments in September 2013, lamenting that on top of my personal dog-related To-Do lists there is so much dog-related reading to take in each month–much of it covering canine science research...

June 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Dr. Octopus Heads to the Operating Room

Robotic surgery has proved itself to be less than perfect so far. Stiff robotic limbs, burning surfaces, numerous complications. But what if that surgeon’s assistant was less like a standard robot—and more like an octopus?...

June 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Did Facebook's Mood Experiment Violate Research Ethics?

You can read the study itself here, plus a very comprehensive discussion of reactions to the study here. 1. If you intend to publish your research in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, you are expected to have conducted that research with the appropriate ethical oversight...

June 30, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

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