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Open Laboratory 2013 - submissions so far

It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries...

STAFFApril 16, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Whence Clocks?

This post about the origin, evolution and adaptive function of biological clocks originated as a paper for a class, in 1999 I believe. I reprinted it here in December 2004, as a third part of a four-part post (the fourth part contains all the references)...

April 16, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The Innate Irresistibility of Film

When I was seven years old, my mom took me to see Curly Sue . Though I don’t remember much of the movie, two scenes made quite the impression: the first, when James Belushi asks Alisan Porter to hit him on the head with a baseball bat, and the second, when Bill, Sue, and Grey sit in the 3-D movie theater.At first glance, that second one doesn’t seem to pack quite the same punch--insert pun grimace here--as a little girl swinging a huge bat at a man’s forehead...

April 15, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

The Making of a Mutant: A Fruit Fly Love Story

CHAPTER 1Long before her mother had told her the truth, she’d sensed from the sneers of her neighbors that she was different. Her larval segments were squished, not quite right, and her head too small...

April 14, 2012 — Ricki Lewis

Phatic Posts: Even the Small Talk Can Be Big

    Social media and micro-blogging have been fascinating to me ever since I first encountered them. In the last 3-4 years there has been an enormous growth in social network sites and in the numbers of people using them, especially on the two most popular services, Facebook and Twitter...

April 13, 2012 — Danica Radovanovic

Friday Fun: Cloth Monkey, Wire Monkey [video]

In the 1950s, psychologist Harry Harlow began to study mother-infant relations in monkeys. After depriving young monkeys from their biological mothers, they were placed in a room where they could either hang out with a "wire monkey" - essentially, a metal figure in the rough shape of a monkey - or a "cloth monkey," which was the same figure, adorned in a fuzzy terry cloth coat...

April 13, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Editor s Selections: Speaking In Tongues, Bi-Gendered Individuals, And The Prisoner s Dilemma

Highlighted in my column this week: At Geneaology of Religion , Cris Campbell has a nice summary of dissociative speech patterns—in layman’s terms, that’s to say he breaks down different ways of “speaking in tongues.” The Neuroskeptic discusses a small, self-selected study on “bi-gendered” individuals which highlights the ways social pressures can color our identities...

April 12, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

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