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I heard her loveliness in her voice.

“Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.” -The Great Gatsby, F...

May 6, 2013 — Scicurious

Neuroscience in Fiction: Stephen King's The Jaunt Ed. Note: This blog originally appeared on Sleights of Mind." Your mind can be your best friend; it can keep you amused even when there's nothing to read, nothing to do...

May 4, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Our shifting moral landscape

AW - This is a fun line of thinking!  I think many people hold the intuition that their sense of right and wrong—unlike, for instance, their way of dressing—is deeply engrained and not subject to the tides of historical fashion.  In essence, we expect aesthetics, but not ethics, to change over time...

May 3, 2013 — Jamil Zaki

Kahneman and Bentham's Bucket of Happiness

We need a new happiness. The one most people use now is confusing even our smartest scientists. The problems start with "Bentham's bucket error" but Plato's pastry and a rare case of reality in Freud can revive healthier pursuits of happiness...

May 3, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression

Depending on your perspective, Twitter can either be a valuable source of breaking news, or a fire hose of miscellaneous, often dubious information. Microsoft researchers are investigating whether the microblogging service could serve another, more scientific function—to spot signs of postpartum depression in new mothers based on changes in how and what they tweet.The research is in its early stages and in some ways relies heavily on data that’s easy to misinterpret...

May 3, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - D j Vu, Saturn's Hurricane, Elite journals, Scientific Fraud, and more.

- Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters - Research in the Digital Age: It’s More Than Finding Information… - Joel Taylor - Saturn’s Hurricane - Darren Naish - Herring gull eats sea star, and other tales of larid gastronomy - Dana Hunter - The Woman Who Crossed the Cascades and Inspired Batman - Hadas Shema - Elite journals: to hell in a handbasket? - Scott Huler - Even Counting Votes too Scientific for North Carolina - Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L...

STAFFMay 2, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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