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The Scienceblogging Weekly (May 18, 2012)

Blog of the Week: For the greatest portion of the history of biology, every organism was a "model organism". One would pick a problem and then choose which organism would be most suited for answering those particular questions.

May 18, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Know Your Neurons: Meet the Glia

Previously, on Know Your Neurons:Chapter 1: The Discovery and Naming of the NeuronChapter 2: How to Classify Different Types of Neurons, or The Dendrology of the Neuron ForestChapter 3: Know Your Neurons: Meet the Glia*By Daisy Yuhas A roundup of glial cells, inspired by the drawings of Pío del Río-Hortega, a student of Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

STAFFMay 18, 2012 — Ferris Jabr

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Contagious Yawning, Ancient Bacteria, Electric Grid, Fossil amoebae, and more.

- Jason G. Goldman - Contagious Yawning: Evidence of Empathy?  - S.E. Gould - Ancient Bacteria – the saga continues  - Dawn Santoianni - The Backbone of the Electric System: A Legacy of Coal and the Challenge of Renewables  - David Wogan - Approaching “Wall-E” with Honda’s Uni-Cub personal mobility device  - Nicole Matthews - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: The Ordot Dump and Layon Landfill  - Charles Q.

STAFFMay 17, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Is Football to Blame for Players' Suicides?

High-profile suicides of professional football players have mounted in the past several years—Terry Long (2005), Andre Waters (2006), Dave Duerson (2011) and Ray Easterling (2012) all killed themselves following retirement and bouts with diagnoses likely related to the thousands of hits they fearlessly underwent as players.

May 16, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

Soot May Help Shift Tropics North

Soot may be responsible for the tropics expanding north, according to an analysis involving multiple computer models of the climate. By absorbing sunlight and trapping extra heat in the atmosphere, the tiny, black particles may be helping the poleward march of tropical conditions.The research will be published in Nature on May 17.

May 16, 2012 — David Biello

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