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Happy Halloween from the SciAm Blog Network!

SciAm bloggers have been busy delving into the dark to explore things that go bump in the night and make your hair stand on end. Here's a collection of the spooktacular posts you will want to investigate (with a flashlight):Revenge of the Zombifying WaspBlithe Spirits: Science Ain't Afraid of No GhostsThe Vampire Loads in Your HouseTrick or Treat?T-Rex or Treat!Spook House SporotrichosisAre Zombies Nocturnal?Talk "Dirty" to Me: Blood, Purity, and CuisineModelling a Werewolf EpidemicSpooky Nebulae: Ghosts, Snakes, Spiders and Cats EyesA Natural History of VampiresGrow Your Own…Halloween outfitDear Dracula, Edward Cullen and Bill Compton: You Have a Substance Abuse ProblemReal Life Werewolves?

November 1, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Painting plasma

Image of the Week #15, October 31, 2011:
From: Painting plasma by Joseph Milton at Creatology .

October 31, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Treats Not Tricks: Scientists Favor Research about Reward over Punishment

We call it 'trick or treat' but we all know the chances are much higher of getting treats on Halloween night. Similarly, it seems that scientists have a higher probability of publishing research about reward rather than research about punishment.I queried 'reward' and 'punishment' in the following databases of academic literature: Google Scholar, Scirus, Web of Science, SpringerLink, Ingenta, the journal Science, the journal Nature, and JSTOR.

October 31, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

Your average, everyday zombie

“The purpose of man's to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question.” - Ayn Rand Of all the cryptic, creepy and cruel creatures that emerge each Halloween, few captivate our imaginations like the living dead.

October 31, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Links: Halloween Physiology

The curse of the Halloween baby: women avoid giving birth on 'evil day' and Are Pregnant Women Subconsciously Avoiding Giving Birth on Halloween? A recent study comparing birth rates on Halloween vs.

October 31, 2011 — Michelle Clement

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