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Welcome Literally Psyched the newest blog at #SciAmBlogs

I am very happy to introduce the newest addition to the Scientific American blog network - Literally Psyched, written by Maria Konnikova (Twitter).Maria is working on her PhD in Psychology at Columbia University, where she studies self-control and decision making...

STAFFDecember 6, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Bedbugs Get Away with Incest

As if bedbugs weren’t gross enough already, entomologists have now found that they get ahead by mating with their own mothers, brothers, sisters and fathers.

December 6, 2011 — Amy Maxmen

An Introduction to Psych You Up. Literally.

My first grade teacher, Mrs. Parker, had short, curly white hair and a low, smooth voice. Every day, right after lunch, she would take the large glasses that she always wore on a gold chain around her neck and place them on her nose...

December 6, 2011 — Maria Konnikova

Are Psychopaths "Brain Damaged"?

  Pathway from the prefrontal cortex to the amygdala We all have a ghoulish fascination with the Hannibal Lecters of this world. That’s because many of the most-publicized stories about psychopaths can be quickly banged into a Hollywood script...

December 6, 2011 — Gary Stix

How To Attract An Entomologist

[the following is a modified repost from PhotoSynthesis , 2009] Step 1. Locate a suitable patch of forest, field, or desert.Step 2. Wait for a warm, moonless summer night.Step 3.

December 6, 2011 — Alex Wild

Technology Transfer From Lab to Marketplace

The U.S. is currently home to a suite of national laboratories that conduct cutting-edge research. Throughout the country, this network of 17 labs (overseen by the Department of Energy) focuses on a wide array of basic science and engineering questions...

December 6, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

The Man Who Put the "Big" in "Big Bang": Alan Guth on Inflation

On the night of December 6, 1979--32 years ago today--Alan Guth had the “spectacular realization” that would soon turn cosmology on its head. He imagined a mind-bogglingly brief event, at the very beginning of the big bang, during which the entire universe expanded exponentially, going from microscopic to cosmic size...

December 6, 2011 — Davide Castelvecchi

All the whales of the world, ever (part I)

It’s apparently a good idea in scientific blogging to produce ‘clearing house’ blog articles every now and again: that is, articles that include links to all of your other articles on a given subject...

December 6, 2011 — Darren Naish

What is a `natural' sleep pattern?

Nothing too complicated today, but something you should all know (originally from March 13, 2006). I have mentioned this in my older post: in a natural state, humans do not sleep a long consecutive bout throughout the night (except in the middle of the summer in low latitudes)...

December 5, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

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