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I never noticed how hard it was to get around with wheels until I had a stroller to push. Stairs and curbs are everywhere, and taking the most direct route is never an option - retrofitted buildings either tuck handicapped entrances around the sides of buildings or require you to zig and zag before you approach the entrance you would otherwise have waltzed up to...
If this week’s lesson sounds a bit repetitive, it is meant to, not only because it touches on so many of the poor thought habits that Holmes singles out in his attempts to craft Watson into an abler logician, but also because it is the last–for now, at least–of the "Lessons from Sherlock Holmes" series, [...]..
If this week's lesson sounds a bit repetitive, it is meant to, not only because it touches on so many of the poor thought habits that Holmes singles out in his attempts to craft Watson into an abler logician, but also because it is the last--for now, at least--of the “Lessons from Sherlock Holmes” series, and as such, is aimed at capturing one of our most common (and most commonly ignored) errors of thought: that of skipping over the details and jumping straight into the conclusions.Not to worry...
How do you study depression in animals? What do you do, and what does it mean? Scientists have several ways to approach a study of depression in animal models.
I heard on the news this morning that the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was broken up by police overnight and that protesters were set to march north today to the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Canal Street--one block from Scientific American 's office in New York.Indeed, when various SA employees and I independently surfaced from our subway commutes between 8 and 10 am, several hundred protesters and accompanying media, police and lookers-on were assembled off the intersection at Duarte Square (marked by a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, a leader who helped establish the Dominican Republican's independence in the 19th century).Public health was one of the grounds for the protesters' dismissal (they might return to their original site later today)...
Chronic pain affects at least a fifth of the U.S. population, yet many of these people remain in significant physical discomfort whether they receive treatment or not.
What do you think happens when you read these words? (And did that thought blow your mind?)Lobier et al. "The first 250ms in visual word recognition: who is talking to whom?" University of York, 509.18, XX35.So how does reading work?...
I’ve always been somewhat enamoured with the lives of field biologists. During my PhD I spent long hours camping out in the temperate forests of British Columbia and New Zealand, surveying animals and carrying out experiments...
I'm teaching Foraging Behavior in my Animal Behavior Class this week. I was searching for some information in my files to share with my students to illustrate the concepts discussed in class: optimal foraging, foraging decisions...
Today, it is estimated that 50% of the American population have cholesterol levels that fall outside the accepted healthy range, and the prevalence of cardiovascular disease reflects this...
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