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Assembling an Avenger-Inside the Brain of Iron Man

When I first started reading comic books there were many superheroes that interested me. Naturally the list included Batman, Iron Man, Daredevil, Captain America, Thor, Nova, the Flash, the Black Panther, the Phantom, and lots more.What I enjoyed best of all were team ups where you got more heroes per page...

September 26, 2012 — E. Paul Zehr

Can We Shrink Portions (and the Obesity Epidemic) with Psychology?

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Eating might seem, principally, like a simple, primal act. We get hungry; we eat; we're full. But surprising new research suggests that our habits, previous experiences, and our desire to conform to social norms helps determine not only how much we eat, but also how full we feel later on...

September 26, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

IgNobel Prize in Anatomy: I would know that butt anywhere

Today we present the IgNobel prize in ANATOMY, presented to de Waal and Pokorny. They were very pleased to win the IgNobel this year, noting especially that scientists always take themselves so seriously (sigh, yeah, we do), and it's nice to have a little fun once in a while.de Waal and Pokorny...

September 26, 2012 — Scicurious

Can Personal Technology Stop the Obesity Epidemic?

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—So much of our information from—and interaction with—the world is now mediated by computers, cell phones and tablets that health experts have been practically running themselves ragged trying to find ways to use these conduits to help people make healthier choices.Great success stories have come out of parts of the developing world, where cell phones have been used to improve maternal and infant care and help people adhere to medication guidelines...

September 25, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Best Evidence for Brain Training Falls Short

Market researcher SharpBrains has predicted that the brain fitness industry will range anywhere from $2 billion to $8 billion in revenues by 2015.That's a wide swath, but the companies that sell brain-tuning software could conceivably hit at least the low end of their sales target by then.The question that persists is whether any of these games and exercises actually enhance the way your brain works, whether it be memory, problem solving or the speed with which you execute a mental task...

STAFFSeptember 25, 2012 — Gary Stix

#SciAmBlogs Monday - IgNobels, medical research funding, gender bias in science, flesh-eating bacteria, bioluminescing fungi, and more.

Monday! Time for the new Image of the Week!- Jalees Rehman - Can the Source of Funding for Medical Research Affect the Results? - Bob Grumman - M@h*(pOet)?ica – Louis Zukofsky’s Integral - Marc Kuchner - We Are All Politicians Now: Science Communication and the Romney 47% Video - Ilana Yurkiewicz - Study shows gender bias in science is real...

STAFFSeptember 24, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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