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Best of the Blogs Video May 2013

Video of the Week #91, May 8th, 2013: From: Best of the Blogs Video - May 2013 by Carin Bondar at PsiVid . Source: Scientific American YouTube channel You will never guess what people in China are doing to their dogs.....

May 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Birds arrange eggs in their nests to better detect imposters

Most birds build their own nests and incubate their own eggs. However, some birds like the cuckoo have managed to get around this inconvenience by simply laying their eggs in the nests of other species and letting someone else do the hard work of keeping the eggs warm and protected until the chick hatches...

May 8, 2013 — Felicity Muth

Tomorrow's Anti-Anxiety Drug Is... Tylenol?

[caption id="attachment_165" align="alignleft" width="336" caption="Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the brand-name drug Tylenol, likely helps buffer feelings of social pain in addition to relieving muscle and joint aches."][/caption] Horror isn't the only film genre that specializes in dread...

May 8, 2013 — Ben Thomas

A bagpipe of a moral dilemma

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, out of all musical instruments, bagpipes make the most infernal noise. That, and an out-of-tune violin. The problem with bagpipes, though, is they maintain their infernality no matter how adept you are at playing them...

May 8, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

Delicious Portrait

Image of the Week #90, May 8th, 2013: From: Illusion of the Week: Delicious Portrait by Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L.

May 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Sci is at Slate: WEIRD psychology

It's a big day around the Scicurious Environs. Sci is at Slate today talking about WEIRD psychology studies. The ones that are Western, Education, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic Societies...and those mostly made of up college students...

May 8, 2013 — Scicurious

Yahrzeit - Reflections on Dan Markingson's Legacy

Angel of Grief This research ethics series uses the story of Dan Markingson’s participation in a clinical trial of anti-psychotic drugs at the University of Minnesota, his suicide 2004 while participating on the study, and subsequent events as a case study in which to explore various aspects of clinical trial conduct...

May 8, 2013 — Judy Stone

It Is in Our Nature to Need Stories

It is in our nature to need stories. They are our earliest sciences, a kind of people-physics. Their logic is how we naturally think. They configure our biology, and how we feel, in ways long essential for our survival.Like our language instinct, a story drive—an inborn hunger for story hearing and story making—emerges untutored universally in healthy children...

May 8, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

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