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Complex Brains Existed 520 Million Years Ago in Cockroach Relative

Your everyday cockroach might not seem terribly intelligent. But new fossil evidence from 520 million years ago suggests that this insidious insect might have had some surprisingly smart early ancestors.Cockroaches and other insects belong to a group called the arthropods, which arose some 540 million years ago...

October 10, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Rhythms of the Solomons

Video of the Week #64 October 10th, 2012: From: Rhythms of the Solomons - A Stunning Harmony Between Island People and Marine Life by Carin Bondar at PsiVid .

October 10, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

De Loys' Ape

Image of the Week #63, October 10th, 2012: From: De Loys' Ape by David Bressan at History of Geology .

October 10, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

How the Brain Does "Attention" Is Still Unknown

Humans can focus on one thing amidst many. “Searchlight of attention” is the metaphor. You recall a childhood friend’s face one moment, then perhaps the dog you loved back then, and then…what you will...

October 10, 2012 — John McCarthy

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - Nobel, Mesozoic crocs, octopus optics, spider houseguest, biosecurity, and more.

- Jalees Rehman - The Prize in Biology in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Jennifer Ouellette - Paradox: A Q&A with Jim al-Khalili - Darren Naish - Awesome sea-going crocodyliforms of the Mesozoic - Gary Stix - Can Wall Street Financial “Wizardry” Foster Drug Innovation? - Maureen McCarthy - Chimps in Uganda: Bustling Kampala and Unwanted Houseguests - David Wogan - Coping with deep climate uncertainty - Khalil A...

STAFFOctober 9, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

#SciAmBlogs Monday - kludgethink, swords to ploughshares, cuddly little creature, sleepless bird sex, Voyager, and more.

- Steven Ross Pomeroy - Stop Building Bombs and Start Building Starships - Scott Huler - The Kludge: A Panegyric - Scicurious - Can’t sleep, havin’ sex! - David Wogan - Don’t forget the “global” in global climate change - Kelly Oakes - Voyager 1: beyond the edge of the solar system at last? - Jennifer Frazer - Eight Legs?...

STAFFOctober 8, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Can't sleep, havin' sex!

Ok, I know it's not Friday Weird Science time, but this paper is both interesting science AND somewhat odd. And who can't use extra weird in their day, right?

October 8, 2012 — Scicurious

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