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Weekly Highlights #15 - UC-Santa Cruz students

Students of the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communication program had some some awesome and successful stories published recently - I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:Marissa Fessenden (@marisfessenden) wrote about an annoying speaking pattern among young women, called "vocal fry," for a class news assignment...

STAFFFebruary 13, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

There Will Be Blood: Follow Up to Skeptically Speaking Podcast

 As many of you have already heard, I was a guest on Skeptically Speaking a few weeks ago, on the topic of why women menstruate. PZ Myers tackled the evolutionary perspective first, and then I got to answer audience questions and talk a little about my own research.Because I think it’s important for listeners and readers to see where the evidence came from to support my claims, I am sharing references (and in several cases, past posts of mine that themselves contain references)...

February 13, 2012 — Kate Clancy

Chimpanzees Help, But Only When Asked

Chimpanzees have a bad reputation. Maybe it's because humans have a thing about wanting to feel unique among primates. Some have argued that humans are the only species that truly behaves altruistically, the only species that actively helps out other individuals even when there is no direct benefit...

February 13, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

#SciAmBlogs Friday - health insurance, home microbiome, LEED buildings on campus, Social Media Week, local climate change, and more

Have a great weekend!- Kevin Zelnio - Trying to Catch His Breath With a Hole-Ridden Safety Net (and then, once you read this, also go here: #IAmUninsured: An #IAmScience Story) - Jennifer Frazer - The Wild Life of My Doorsill - Ellen Berry - Guest Post: 20 US Higher-Education Buildings Earn LEED Platinum in 2011 - Scicurious - Friday Weird Science: Sssnakes can ssmell your menssstrual ssecretionsss - Krystal D'Costa - Social Media Week Returns to a City Near You: February 13th – 17th, 2012 - Joanne Manaster - Science for Grown-ups in Chicago - David Biello - Farmers May Have Kicked Off Local Climate Change 3,500 Years Ago - Larry Greenemeier - Iran Government Suspected in Cutting Off Internet to Quell Protests =======================Conversations on our articles and blog posts often continue on our Facebook page - "Like" it and join in the discussion...

STAFFFebruary 10, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

An Archival Treasure: Singing Mice

The recent talk of ultrasonic tarsiers reminded me of a post I wrote a couple years ago. You see, tarsiers aren't the only animal to communicate at a sound frequency beyond the level of human hearing: mice do as well...

February 9, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

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