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The Best Animal Engineers

If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet...

May 31, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Colonoscopies Clarify Inner Workings of Minds

Memories are story shaped. As are understandings. To remember, or make sense of, a thing is to have a story about it. Colonoscopies and correcting cathartic errors can probe the inner workings of these stored stories...

May 31, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

A Different Look at the Political Divide on Morality

JZ, In your last post you talk about the political divide in morality in terms of the groundbreaking Moral Foundations Theory, which demonstrates that political liberals place greater emphasis on the values of fairness and harm avoidance whereas political conservatives place greater emphasis on purity, respect for authority, and loyalty...

May 31, 2013 — Adam Waytz

Bora's Picks (May 31st, 2013)

Is Nature Unnatural? by Natalie Wolchover: On an overcast afternoon in late April, physics professors and students crowded into a wood-paneled lecture hall at Columbia University for a talk by Nima Arkani-Hamed, a high-profile theorist visiting from the Institute for Advanced Study in nearby Princeton, N.J...

STAFFMay 31, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Dangerous Braids That Tangle in Brains and Veins

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition of the brain that is assuming epidemic proportions as the population ages, since it can strike almost anyone.Sickle Cell Disease is a strictly genetic disorder of African origins that rigidifies red blood cells.These would seem to be worlds apart in more ways than one.Yet I was reminded this week that one of the delights of science is the discovery of the connections between things that seem totally unrelated: A recent breakthrough in understanding Alzheimer’s, described in the current Early Edition issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is based on advances my colleagues and I made some 30 years ago in understanding sickle cell.What these maladies have in common is the association of molecules that were never intended to come together in healthy processes...

May 30, 2013 — Frank Ferrone

Sci's super survey!

Today, Sci would like to take the opportunity to assess her readership. Who are you? Why do you come here? What would you like to see more or less off?

May 30, 2013 — Scicurious

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