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#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Victorian-era citizen science, Denisova Genome, Hurricanes and Neglected Infections, anatomy of sloths and more.

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Victorian-era citizen science, Denisova Genome, Hurricanes and Neglected Infections, anatomy of sloths and more.

- Caren Cooper - Victorian-era citizen science: reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated  - Ricki Lewis - The Denisova Genome and Guys Banging Rocks  - Judy Stone - Hurricanes, Poverty, and Neglected Infections  - Ashutosh Jogalekar - Are assessments of scientific intelligence biased toward mathematically oriented fields?  - Ilana Yurkiewicz - When should medicine talk about race?

STAFFAugust 31, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Are assessments of scientific intelligence biased toward mathematically oriented fields?

Are assessments of scientific intelligence biased toward mathematically oriented fields?

Every once in a while someone will publish a list of the top 10 or 100 smartest people in the world and this time it's the Huffington Post's turn. While admitting that IQ is subjective, the article treats us to a list of ten people who most of us would agree are on the right tail end of the spectrum of intelligence.

August 30, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - physics education, extinct scaly anteater, caloric restriction, geologic diagram, youth brain, and more.

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - physics education, extinct scaly anteater, caloric restriction, geologic diagram, youth brain, and more.

Wednesday, ergo , time for the new Video of the Week. - Tony Rothman - Look East, Young Man  - Becky Crew - Ancient digging mammal is a ‘scaly anteater’ relative  - Gary Stix - Evolution Did Not Snap the Brain Together like LEGOS and Big Hint That Eating A Lot Less Won’t Let You Live Longer  - Ferris Jabr - The Neuroscience of Twenty-Somethings  - Dana Hunter - How Would You Like to Take a Hike Across a Geologic Diagram?  - DNLee - #DispatchesDNLee: Adjusting to the time difference  - John R.

STAFFAugust 29, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Insane in the Chromatophores

Insane in the Chromatophores

Video of the Week #58 August 29th, 2012: From: Shiny! On the Iridescence of Squid by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics . Source: Backyard Brains The Backyard Brains made the color-changing skin of a Longfin Inshore squid shift hues in sync to the pulsing beat of Cypress Hill in “Insane in the Chromatophores.” They simulated the nerve signals that trigger the muscles by connecting an iPhone to one of the creature s dorsal fins with a suction electrode.

August 29, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Evolution Did Not Snap the Brain Together like LEGOS

Evolution Did Not Snap the Brain Together like LEGOS

Human cognition is more than a legacy of our Paleolithic past Evolutionary psychology has typically tried to identify the piece parts of human cognition shaped by the rigors of natural selection.

STAFFAugust 29, 2012 — Gary Stix
The Neuroscience of 20-Somethings

The Neuroscience of 20-Somethings

'Unemployed Girl' by Russian painter Kazimir Malevich (Wikimedia Commons) In the opening scene of Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls , the Horvaths tell their 24-year-old daughter Hannah that they will no longer support her—or, as her mother puts it: "No.

STAFFAugust 29, 2012 — Ferris Jabr
Do moral vegetarians feel more disgust?

Do moral vegetarians feel more disgust?

And is it disgust of meat and meat-related stuff? Or disgust in general? Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today looking at a paper which tried to gauge disgust in vegetarians and omnivores.

August 29, 2012 — Scicurious
Most People Say They Are Safe Drivers, Want New Auto-Assist Tech Anyway

Most People Say They Are Safe Drivers, Want New Auto-Assist Tech Anyway

Most people will say they're good drivers when asked. But that confidence doesn't keep them from wanting new automobiles loaded with the latest in driver-assist technology for avoiding accidents.Ford Motor Company presented these findings Tuesday at a press conference to talk up the 2013 Fusion mid-size sedan and its abundance of new driver-assist features.

August 28, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier
ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Pop Music, Playing Music, Complex Brains

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Pop Music, Playing Music, Complex Brains

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:"There's a sense that the hits from yesteryear had an innocence and feel-good quality that's missing from today's pop offerings," and there might be something to that sense, according to Christian Jarrett, writing at BPS Research Digest.

August 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

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