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What Does it Mean to Do the Right Thing? Time to #OccupyNPG

I have spent a lot of time in my life being employed or educated by an organization that I find problematic in some way. At Harvard, my main gripe involved the way in which the dissolution of Radcliffe College and the women’s spaces there occurred with little engagement with undergraduates: two deans met with me and two other women who were on the board of the Radcliffe Union of Students...

November 17, 2011 — Kate Clancy

SfN Neuroblogging: PTSD in twins

We hear a lot about PTSD these days, and with good reason. As more people confront trauma and come away with severely debilitating disorders, it becomes that much more important to understand the mechanism, in order to find ways to treat or prevent it...

November 17, 2011 — Scicurious

Visions: Laws of Ideal Masses

In the series "Visions," science fiction about the very latest research will be paired with analysis looking into the facts behind the fiction. The goal is to marry ripped-from-the-headlines science fiction with analysis into the possibilities hinted at by new discoveries...

November 17, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

What the Alien Auto Aficionados Can Teach Us about Cell Shape

We cell biologists get around.After being awarded our PhD, we tend to move from lab to lab, taking on whatever new project is on offer. Like guns for hire, we follow the stimulating scientific puzzles from city to city, and often from country to country.The variety of cell biology out there is staggering...

November 17, 2011 — Jennifer Rohn

Sponges: The Original Animal House

So, you're a bunch of sister-cells looking to get together and form the world's first animal co-op, a place where you and your buddies can all live together in a little socialist utopia and specialize in doing one chore, rather than trying to do everything at once like those foolish, single-celled, rugged-individualist protists...

November 17, 2011 — Jennifer Frazer

Amazing Neptune's Cup Sponge Rediscovered in Singapore

More than 100 years after it was last seen, the giant Neptune's cup sponge ( Cliona patera ) has been rediscovered off the coast of southern Singapore.First discovered in 1822, the sponges grew so large—a meter or more in both height and diameter—that their cup-like structures were sometimes used as tubs for babies...

November 17, 2011 — John R. Platt

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