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#SciAmBlogs Monday - Girlybits 101, tree kangaroos, and that seductive look...

Happy Monday. See what great stuff the bloggers posted over the weekend and today:- Davide Castelvecchi - On the Physics Nobels, The Atlantic Gets Dark Energy All Wrong and ‘We Hate Math,’ Say 4 in 10 — a Majority of Americans - Bora Zivkovic - BIO101 – Origin of Biological Diversity and #scio11 – Visual Storytelling - Michelle Clement - Girlybits 101, now with fewer scary parts! - S.E...

STAFFOctober 17, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Making Waves

Bacteria can swim and swarm, and left to their own devices on nutritious petri dishes some species will form remarkable patterns. I stumbled on such a pattern-forming species when trying to isolate bacteria from skin and cheese, a stinky swarming strain that would cover my plates in rippling waves of cells...

October 17, 2011 — Christina Agapakis

Learning the Look of Love: That Sly "Come Hither" Stare

Series IntroWhile it might not be witchcraft, the formula for ‘love at first sight’ remains a mystery. However, if you pop the following ingredients into a kettle: large pupils, long glances, and a lovely, attentive smile, you may not have concocted a bona fide love potion but your witch’s brew could contain some insight into the laws of attraction.Being an optometrist and all around eye aficionado, I have a deep interest in the connection between the eyes and love...

October 17, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy

Monday Music Video: 80s Hair Band Sings About Cellular Impedance

If you all didn't know, my co-host, Carin, had her lovely new addition to her family! Check out Juna Soleil and leave a warm congratulatory message below!Two weeks ago, I featured an amusing video with a boy band singing about automatic pipettors...

October 17, 2011 — Joanne Manaster

The `Tree-Kangaroos Come First' hypothesis

One of my favourite groups of marsupials are the wonderful tree-kangaroos. There are presently ten recognised tree-kangaroo species; they occur exclusively on New Guinea, Umboi, New Britain and north-east Queensland (and it’s generally thought that they were introduced to Umboi by humans).Tree-kangaroos first became known to Europeans in 1826 when crew of the Dutch sailing ship The Triton collected four ‘wangoerie’ specimens (kept as pets by local people) from the north coast of New Guinea...

October 17, 2011 — Darren Naish

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