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Can the Most Interesting Man in the World Help Save This Critically Endangered Wombat?

Is the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii ) the most interesting endangered species in the world? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't—but it has definitely attracted the attention of the Dos Equis beer commercial spokesperson known only as "the Most Interesting Man in the World."The television advertising icon and Dos Equis have launched an auction for a jar of what they call The Most Interesting Jam—a concoction made from ingredients suggested by Facebook fans and supposedly hand-mixed by the Most Interesting Man in the World himself—with all proceeds going to benefit the Wombat Foundation, an organization set up to protect the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat...

November 22, 2011 — John R. Platt

The White Elephant of Rucheni

On a Renaissance map of the world, there is a small white elephant standing near the Arctic coast of Russia. How it got there is a mystery. Is it a mammoth, or does it symbolize something else?...

November 22, 2011 — John McKay

Bromancing Baboons: What Else are Lonely Bachelors Going to Do?

The latest video in my ‘Biomusings’ series describes the work of PhD student David Pappano at the University of Michigan. David spends his field seasons in the highlands of Ethiopia studying the unique behaviors of bachelor gelada baboons...

November 22, 2011 — Carin Bondar

The Eight Limbed Aliens: Octopuses Are Out There

Greetings Earthling Ok, so this is really entirely for entertainment, and you should check out the excellent all-octopus-all-the-time blog Octopus Chronicles right here at Scientific American for genuine insight, but I couldn't resist posting this video that seems to be on its way to viral fame...

November 22, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf

Molecules to Medicine: Pharma Trumps HIPAA?

This past week, I was jolted out of my chair by news that a Pfizer-led group plans to buy access to patient data in hospitals. My initial reaction was anger, on a variety of levels: as a researcher, as one who is increasingly wary of the reach of huge corporations, and as an individual...

November 22, 2011 — Judy Stone

Molecules to Medicine: Pharma Trumps HIPAA?

This past week, I was jolted out of my chair by news that a Pfizer-led group plans to buy access to patient data in hospitals. My initial reaction was anger, on a variety of levels: as a researcher, as one who is increasingly wary of the reach of huge corporations, and as an individual.Actually, it is not just Pfizer doing this—a new consortium called the Partnership to Advance Clinical Electronic Research (PACeR), includes Merck, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Hoffman-La Roche, Quintiles, and Oracle...

November 22, 2011 — Judy Stone

Writing, narrative and books at ScienceOnline2012

There will be a whole host of sessions and workshops about writing - tips on how to do it better, on getting ideas, on writing longform pieces and publishing books: The Path from Research to Book: Tools & Workflow Tips from Top Writers (discussion)- David Dobbs and Maryn McKenna Once we used index cards...

November 22, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

xkcd: the cost of electricity

Several readers sent word about this massive xkcd chart about money. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. It is both massive and fascinating and is a handy way to compare the scale and breadth of everything from iPad's to the national deficit...

November 22, 2011 — David Wogan

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