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Helical bacteria: the benefits of being twisted

One of the first things you learn in bacteriology is that bacteria come in different shapes. Not a huge range of shapes admittedly, but the main shapes are spherical, rod-shaped, or spiral...

June 9, 2012 — S.E. Gould

#SciAmBlogs Friday - parasitic flower, Velocirabbit, turtle sex organs, how to talk science to politicians, phytoplancton, fake brands and more.

- Christie Wilcox - Parasitic flower pirates genes from its host - Glendon Mellow - Day-Glo Velocirabbit – bioart begins to mature - Darren Naish - Terrifying sex organs of male turtles - Scott Huler - Happy World Oceans Day from North Carolina! - Marc Kuchner - Don’t be Arrogant, Do Tell a Story: An Interview with Congressman Robert Walker about How Scientists Should Interact with Congress - John R...

STAFFJune 8, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The Scienceblogging Weekly (June 8th, 2012)

Wow - this was hard! I could have had at least Top 20 instead of Top 10 (but you'll find them all listed down there anyway)...   Blog of the Week: Tanya Khovanova’s Math Blog is a blog by Tanya Khovanova, a Visiting Scholar and Research Affiliate at MIT, a 1976 gold medalist (and 1975 silver medalist) at the International Mathematics Olympiad...

June 8, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Why Wearing Fakes Makes Us Cheat More [Excerpt]

Think donning an Armani knockoff or phony Prada only hurts the fashion industry? Take another look in the mirrorBy Dan Ariely* This e-book chapter is excerpted from The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely (HarperCollins Publishers, 2012)...

June 8, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Khalil's Picks (8 June 2012)

What diversity in this week’s picks of writings from young and early-career science writers. A snapshot: giving colours names messed with our minds, encoding information into living cells, what happens when galaxies collide, science of bubbles.....

STAFFJune 8, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - psychedelic shrimp, in a galaxy far away, dinosaur egg-shells, and more.

- Dana Hunter - Prelude to a Catastrophe: “One of the Most Active and Most Explosive Volcanoes in the Cascade Range” - Khalil A. Cassimally - EUSci: Student Science Magazine of the University of Edinburgh - Dylan Giordano - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Preserving Palau’s Resources through Protected Area Networks - Ian Underwood and Paul Germano - MSU Dinosaurs: Team Strider – Eggshell Thickness Variance - Jesse Bering - My Other Whereabouts - Krystal D'Costa - Editor’s Selections: Colors and Stuttering - John Matson - Astronomers Identify Very Distant (But Not the Most Distant) Galaxy - Katherine Harmon - This Psychedelic Shrimp Will Get You Hammered [Video] =======================Conversations on our articles and blog posts often continue on our Facebook page - "Like" it and join in the discussion...

STAFFJune 7, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - outreach, jellyfish, Zoobiquity, deformed dino eggs, Ray Bradbury, last shuttle ride, coffee, Transit of Venus and more.

Enjoy the regular Wednesday feature - the new Video of the Week.- Kate Clancy - Which came first, rewarding outreach or doing it? On chickens, eggs, and overworked scientists - Scicurious - On Outreach: Academia needs an attitude adjustment - Roxi Aslan - USC Dornsife Scientific Diving: Jellyfish Lake - Anita Moore-Nall - MSU Dinosaurs: deformations in eggs - Bora Zivkovic - ScienceOnline2012 – interview with Kathryn Bowers - Caleb A...

STAFFJune 6, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Transit of Venus

The Venus transit offers a chance for modern-day stargazers to repeat the experiments conducted by expeditions around the world in the 18th and 19th centuries--with a modern twist

June 6, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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