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The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound

New Orleans, October 16, 2012 - You walk into a bar and music is thumping. All heads are bobbing and feet tapping in synchrony. Somehow the rhythmic sound grabs control of the brains of everyone in the room forcing them to operate simultaneously and perform the same behaviors in synchrony...

October 19, 2012 — R. Douglas Fields

Is Homosexuality a Choice?

Ask this question, and you will probably receive one of two responses: Yes. People choose to be gay. They are making an immoral choice, which government should discourage.

October 19, 2012 — Marcia Malory

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - countertransference, rhino poaching, dangerous optimism, cancer angst, UV sterilization, T.rex proteins, and more.

We have a new Video of the Week today!- Hilda Bastian - #NIHMiM12 – The spreading shadow of cancer angst: 3 things you need to know to meet it rationally - Kyle Hill - Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking - Ilana Yurkiewicz - When a patient encounter hits too close to home - Dana Hunter - The Cataclysm: “One of the Most Dramatic Mass-Movement Events of Historic Time” - John R...

STAFFOctober 18, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The Urine Wheel

I recently saw an image that perfectly encapsulates many of my current interests, including odor and flavor mapping, the senses in scientific analysis, medieval ideas about health and disease, body fluids, and metabolic profiling...

October 18, 2012 — Christina Agapakis

It's Time For Donors Choose

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe." That he was speaking ultimately about god doesn't matter; I'm aware of no better articulation of the scientific process...

October 18, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ISS Startrails

Video of the Week #65 October 18th, 2012: ISS Startrails - TRONized from Christoph Malin on Vimeo. From: ISS Startrails Video by Joanne Manaster at PsiVid .

October 18, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking

Trails of acrid grey mist hang in the air. I use the front of my shirt as an impromptu gas mask as I cough out my drink order to the bartender. Passing through one of these repulsive clouds is an irritating game of “try not to breathe.” The saturated air inside has made it almost impossible for me to develop any knowledge of my city’s lively hole-in-the-wall bar scene, still skirting statewide smoking bans.For decades Surgeon General reports have communicated the health risks of smoking, and more recently the risks of second-hand smoke...

October 18, 2012 — Kyle Hill

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