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How an Addict Becomes Homeless

I spend much of my time writing on homeless addicts in the Bronx. I've gotten encouragement on the work that I do, though for transparency's sake, I have to detail the act of my own intellectual and lived ambiguity: I ignore the existence of a soon-to-be-homeless addict in my own life...

September 28, 2012 — Cassie Rodenberg

Best Countries in Science: SA's Global Science Scorecard

"Global society operates as a network of creativity and innovation."--John Sexton, writing in Scientific American . In the October 2012 issue, we publish our Global Science Scorecard, a ranking of nations on how well they do science—not only on the quality and quantity of basic research but also on their ability to project that research into the real world, where it can affect people’s lives.The United States comes out on top, by a wide margin, followed by Germany, China, Japan, the U.K., France, Canada, South Korea, Italy and Spain...

September 28, 2012 — Fred Guterl

A Neurodegenerative Disease Improves Facets of Cognition

Huntington's disease, which killed folk singer Woody Guthrie, seems to put into overdrive the main chemical that turns on brain cells, ultimately leading to their death.The normal function of the neurotransmitter glutamate, the chemical overproduced in Huntington's, is also intimately involved with learning.Researchers from Ruhr University and the University of Dortmund in Germany have been intrigued by the question of whether the neurodegeneration initiated by glutamate in this genetic disorder is all bad...

STAFFSeptember 28, 2012 — Gary Stix

The WEIRD Psychology of Elephants

In 1976, psychologists John and Sandra Condry of Cornell University had 204 human adults view videotaped footage of an infant boy named David and infant girl named Dana, and asked them to describe the infants' facial expressions and dispositions...

September 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Khalil s Picks (28 September 2012)

Today, we have the cool edition of Picks. Geology becomes cool thanks to seashells, bacteria reach new cool levels because they control water’s freezing point, a supernova from a thousand years ago did not give birth to any stars (I’ve decided that this is cool), DNA sequencing in schools should make science even cooler...

STAFFSeptember 28, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - water on Mars, March of Progress, evil of books, Rinderpest extinction, green beard, ecological drones, dissolvable medical sensors, and more.

First two interviews between the #openlab12 authors are now up - check them out:- Best Science Writing Online 2012 contributors David Manly and Eva Amsen talk blogs, twins, and Vitamin C- Best Science Writing Online 2012 contributors David Manly and Dana Hunter discuss science fiction, cats, and their contributions to the new bookAlso today, new Video of the Week for your enjoyment.- Maria Thompson - Rare Disease Science Challenge – your call to action! - Caleb A...

STAFFSeptember 27, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Electronics Sensors that Dissolve

Video of the Week #62 September 27th, 2012: From: Electronics Sensors that Dissolve Could Keep Tabs on the Body from the Inside by Larry Greenemeier at Observations .

September 27, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Iron Man's brain, data visualization, fractal kitties, journal price, carbohydrate shortage, and more.

Check out the transcript of last week's Chat about the Best Science Writing Online in 2012- E. Paul Zehr - Assembling an Avenger – Inside the Brain of Iron Man - Eric Buckler - Data Visualization: Trudging through digital road to new scientific discovery - Jennifer Ouellette - Walking on Eggshells: Anatomy of a Science Story - Bonnie Swoger - Why are journals so expensive? - Scicurious - IgNobel Prize in Anatomy: I would know that butt anywhere - Kelly Oakes - Supernova 1006 lived fast and left no companion behind - Khalil A...

STAFFSeptember 27, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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