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#SciAmBlogs Thursday - 19th century Citizen Science, dino parasites, corals on oil rigs, singing gibbons, and more

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - 19th century Citizen Science, dino parasites, corals on oil rigs, singing gibbons, and more

- Caren Cooper - Retro Science – Part 1  - Darren Naish - The war on parasites: the pigeon’s eye view, the oviraptorosaur’s eye view  - Jennifer Frazer - Deep Sea Coral Clings to Oil Platform at Record Gulf Depth  - Gary Stix - A Robot Helps Listen In on Brain Cell Chatter  - Glendon Mellow - Surly Amy and the Charms of Reason  - Khalil A.

STAFFAugust 23, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
A Robot Helps Listen In on Brain Cell Chatter

A Robot Helps Listen In on Brain Cell Chatter

Erwin Neher and Bert Sakmann received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1991 for their development of the patch-clamp technique, which records currents coursing through single ion channels in cells.

STAFFAugust 23, 2012 — Gary Stix
#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Hospital outbreak, stick insects, consciousness, West Nile, pneumatic transit, and more.

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Hospital outbreak, stick insects, consciousness, West Nile, pneumatic transit, and more.

Yup, Wednesday, time for a brand new Video of the Week! - Ricki Lewis - Like a Game of Clue, Genomics Tracks Outbreak, Revealing Evolution in Action  - Steven Ross Pomeroy - From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand  - Becky Crew - Lord Howe Island stick insects are going home  - Ferris Jabr - Does Self-Awareness Require a Complex Brain?  - Christie Wilcox - Is Climate Change To Blame For This Year’s West Nile Outbreak?  - Carin Bondar - What Was Scientific American Reporting About in 1870?

STAFFAugust 22, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Hatching of The Lord Howe Island stick insect

Hatching of The Lord Howe Island stick insect

Video of the Week #57 August 22nd, 2012: Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching from Zoos Victoria on Vimeo. From: Lord Howe Island stick insects are going home by Becky Crew at Running Ponies .

August 22, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Does Self-Awareness Require a Complex Brain?

Does Self-Awareness Require a Complex Brain?

(Image by David R. Ingham, via Wikimedia Commons) The computer, smartphone or other electronic device on which you are reading this article has a rudimentary brain—kind of.* It has highly organized electrical circuits that store information and behave in specific, predictable ways, just like the interconnected cells in your brain.

STAFFAugust 22, 2012 — Ferris Jabr
1 in 5 Rx's for Seniors Is Inappropriate

1 in 5 Rx's for Seniors Is Inappropriate

Image courtesy of iStockphoto/diego_cervo Take two of these—or should that be three? Or one?Congress recently took steps to improve the safety of children’s drugs.

August 22, 2012 — Katherine Harmon
An opioid receptor mutation that makes you feel the pain

An opioid receptor mutation that makes you feel the pain

Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, talking about a recent study looking at a single nucleotide polymorphism in the mu-opioid receptor. It's a simple, single mutation, that has some pretty big effects, especially in pain sensitivity.

August 22, 2012 — Scicurious
From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand

From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand

Su Song pic - Art meets science in this early star map drawn by Su Song. (public domain) In the wake of the recent recession, we have been consistently apprised of the pressing need to revitalize funding and education in STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering, and math.

August 22, 2012 — Steven Ross Pomeroy

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