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Welcome back from the weekend - I hope it was a good one.As usual on Monday, we have the new Image of the Week for you to enjoy.Some updates first...T
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?
Sci saw this paper being tweeted around the internets recently, a paper on the evolution of overconfidence. It seemed like a really interesting and cool paper, and I was kind of surprised that no one had covered it.
Ed. Note: What better way to round out Halloween than by considering why it is that clowns can strike fear into our hearts when they're supposed to be harmless?
Image of the Week #15, October 31, 2011:
From: Painting plasma by Joseph Milton at Creatology .
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.
“The purpose of man's life...is 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.
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.
Happy Halloween! I decided to revise and repost this piece from November 1, 2010, on dog bites, full moons, and confirmation bias. Click the archives icon to see the original post.
A bitten lip, the sweet tang of ions, the rich, slightly thickened liquid. Must that be how Dracula daydreams? Vampire lore has morphed and taken over the modern fiction scape: from Buffy to Twilight to True Blood.
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