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Early Paleoart: Of Prehistoric Monsters and Men

“ 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...

October 15, 2012 — David Bressan

Could You Look Down from 24 Miles Up and Jump? Felix Baumgartner Just Did

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!!!!!!!!!!!...

October 14, 2012 — David Ropeik

NASA Plans to Commercialize a Nasal Spray for Motion Sickness

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...

October 12, 2012 — John Matson

#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...

STAFFOctober 11, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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