It did no such thing—but the result has become conventional wisdom nevertheless
New understandings in neurobiology are emerging from experiments on Drosophila, raising hopes the tiny insect will aid insights into human cognition and dementia
The idea that our universe is just part of a much vaster cosmos has a long history—and it’s still very much with us
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NASA has posted a series of satellite photos documenting the expansion of the Athabasca tar sands. The Athabasca pits cover over 54,000 square miles in Alberta with an estimated reserve of 1.75 trillion barrels of oil - good enough for third in the world behind Saudi Arabia (1) and Venezuela (2).Production increases noticeably from the mid-1980s to present day:Visible in the pictures are the tailing ponds holding contaminated water and material from the extraction process, along with surface stripping.So, in light of the near-certain death of the Keystone XL pipeline, will Canada's tar sand production continue to grow in the coming years?...
While some schoolchildren daydream about crushes during class, delicately inscribing their names in paper margins, others instead yearn to one day discover and name their own species for the cute boy at the corner desk...
A magnetic sense is now well documented in dozens of animal species. It turns out that tracking the geomagnetic field—that same invisible thing that points compasses—is handy for life, in lots of situations...
Today - quality instead of quantity:- John R. Platt - Lions vs. Cattle: Taste Aversion Could Solve African Predator Problem - Cassie Rodenberg - Street slang in drug education advertises more than it helps - The Dog Zombie - The hearty ingredients of Canis soup - Bora Zivkovic - The wonderful quail…and what Sen.Coburn should learn about it. - Scicurious - Cocaine and the sexual habits of quail, or, why does NIH fund what it does? - Melissa C...
A week or so ago (hard to tell with holiday time as it is) Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) released his 2011 "Wastebook", a list of govt. funded projects that he and his staff consider to be a waste of money...
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his "Wastebook" a week ago - a list of 100 government-funded projects that are supposedly a waste of money.Every campaign season, quite predictably, someone from the GOP makes a document like this, listing examples of spending that, in their view, represents the most egregious excesses of governmental spending...
Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week:Most bloggers are taking the week off, so only two picks this week, but they're great!
Yesterday, I asked a 12-year-old the biggest lessons he learned from a recent middle school drug assembly. The answers I received contained the terms “White Lightning,” “Hurricane Charlie” and “Trail Mix.” While valuable for kids to have drug education programs in schools, it becomes a pressing concern when lesser known drugs and/or street names are the primary concepts gleaned from lessons...
My semester teaching was a bit of a roller coaster for me. I didn't feel especially prepared for it. After working myself into a lather worried about students complaining or shirking, they turned out to be fine...
After coexisting for thousands of years, humans and African lions ( Panthera leo ) are on a collision course. Lion populations have dropped from 450,000 animals 50 years ago to as few as 20,000 today...
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