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#SciAmBlogs Friday - octopus mimicry, Transit of Venus, DNA patents, B.F.Skinner, galactic clash, dino eggs, and more.

With a slight delay, here is the new Video of the Week. Have a great weekend!- Summer Ash - The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer - Katherine Harmon - How Octopuses Make Themselves Invisible - Christina Agapakis - Patent Ecology - Maria Konnikova - If we remember more, can we read deeper–and create better?...

STAFFJune 2, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

How Octopuses Make Themselves Invisible

Video of the Week #45 June 1st, 2012: From: How Octopuses Make Themselves Invisible by Katherine Harmon at Octopus Chronicles Source: David Gallo at TED Video by Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory senior scientist Roger Hanlon...

June 1, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Patent Ecology

Patents in biotechnology are complicated and controversial, with different groups arguing that they either promote innovation or stifle important research.

June 1, 2012 — Christina Agapakis

From Andromeda With Love

Here comes another galaxy... (Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger) Some recent research on the long-term future of the Milky Way prompted me to dig out and re-polish this post from the Life, Unbounded archives of 2010...

June 1, 2012 — Caleb A. Scharf

Why B. F. Skinner, Like Freud, Still Isn't Dead

Behaviorism is back! That's what David Freedman proclaims in the June Atlantic cover story, "The End of Temptation: How the creepy science of behavior modification is reshaping our desires." The article is, on one level, a hyperbolic report on apps that are "transforming us into thinner, richer, all around-better versions of ourselves" by helping people (including Freedman's brother) overcome overeating, smoking and other bad habits...

June 1, 2012 — John Horgan

Bora s Picks (June 1st, 2012)

Young Scientists Embrace Crowdfunding by Kelly Slivka : Crowdfunding, or appealing to the online community for funds for personal projects, seems to be thriving.

STAFFJune 1, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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