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Forget Elephants; Sea Lions Never Forget!

Meet Rio. Rio is a California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus). She was born in captivity at Marine World in Northern California, and due to insufficient maternal care from her biological mother, she was transferred to the Long Marine Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz when she was just a few days old...

October 27, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

TEDMED 2010: Medicine tries some new ideas

SAN DIEGO—Not everything you try will work, but you need to try lots of ideas. That was advice here from Nathan Myhrvold, founder of Intellectual Ventures and former chief technology officer at Microsoft, on the opening evening of the TEDMED conference, held from October 27 through 29...

October 27, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina

Editor’s Selections: Scary Things and Classic Experiments

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. This was an awesome week for psychology and neuroscience blogging! I had a hard time picking just three or four, so here are six: Korsakoff’s Syndrome is a fascinating neuropsychiatric disorder marked by fantastic stories, told by patients, about things that have happened to them...

October 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Margaret Mead's bashers owe her an apology

Thirty-two years after her death, the anthropologist Margaret Mead remains a favorite whipping girl for ideologues of all stripes. Did you know that she cooked up the global-warming "hoax"?...

October 25, 2010 — John Horgan

Robot Lizard Push-ups

Have you ever been walking through the forest and thought to yourself, “Damn, its loud here…it’s really, really hard to hear anything anybody else is saying”?

October 25, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Asian coral die-off could be worst ever; Is climate change to blame?

A massive coral bleaching event in Southeast Asian reefs in the Indian and Pacific oceans is the worst coral die-off since 1998, and possibly the worst science has ever observed, says Andrew Baird of the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.Bleaching occurs when environmental factors stress the living organisms residing within coral reefs, causing them to either leave their reef structures or die...

October 22, 2010 — John Platt

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