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"Don't touch those webs!"A couple of decades ago, my wife and I worked on a horse farm where everyone was explicitly instructed not to ever clean the cobwebs inside the barn.
“ to understand plants and animals there is no better way than to depict them from life “ Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605)Maybe the first depiction of bones of an extinct animal can be attributed to an unknown Greek artist living some 2.600 years ago...
The psychiatrist is Allen Frances. The journalists are 48 enthusiastic and committed participants at the National Institute of Health’s 2012 Medicine in the Media course (#NIHMiM12).
Television has a bad side. According to a report from the University of Michigan, the average American child has seen sixteen thousand murders on TV by age 18.
DID YOU WATCH! Did your heart pound, your palms get sweaty, your muscles tense! Did you join the millions around the world gripped by fear and tension as Felix Baumgartner rose to more than 24 miles in a balloon-lifted capsule, opened the door (OH MY GOD!) stood out on the bar outside with a camera over his head looking down (OH MY GOD!!!!!),…AND JUMPED!!!!!!!!!!!...
#SciAmBlogs Friday - last Siamese Crocodile, video game inspired science, NASA budget, Chinese solar tariffs, and more.
- Jon Chang - In silico et vivo: When life science draws inspiration from video games - John R. Platt - Last Siamese Crocodile in Vietnam Found Strangled to Death - Bonnie Swoger - Pay it forward and paying tribute: talking to undergraduates at my alma mater - Melissa C...
A new product designed to fight motion sickness promises to put the “NASA” back in “nasal spray.”The space agency announced October 12 that it had signed an agreement with a pharmaceutical company to develop, test and bring to market a nasal gel designed to ward off queasiness from spaceflight, as well as from more mundane travel.The active ingredient, scopolamine, is about as effective as antihistamines (such as dimenhydrinate, used in Dramamine) in preventing motion sickness, but carries less risk of common side effects such as drowsiness, according to a recent Cochrane Review...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - venomous mammal not extinct, cell phones track malaria, Ada Lovelace, academic parents, and more.
- Kate Clancy - Personal Agency, My Arse: Policy, Not Agency, Needed to Improve Outcomes for Academic Parents - John R. Platt - Solenodon: ‘Extinct’ Venomous Mammal Rediscovered in Cuba after 10-Year Search - Judy Stone - Book Review: The Breast Cancer Checklist - David Bressan - Book Review: An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience - Khalil A...
#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - attention, chemistry Nobel, waterless fracking, singing mice, smart cockroaches, and more.
Today we present both the Image of the Week and the Video of the Week.- John McCarthy - How the brain does “attention” is still unknown - Ashutosh Jogalekar - G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) win 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Jason G...
My high school biology teacher once told me that nothing was binary in biology except for alive and dead, and pregnant and not pregnant. Any other variation, he said, existed along a continuum...
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