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Are you inked?I'm not, though I've thought about it seriously and have a pretty good idea of what I would get and where I would put it—if I could work up the nerve to get in the chair.
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - supercontinent, pterosaurs, octopuses, elephants, polar bears, latrines, and more....
- Darren Naish - Did dinosaurs and pterosaurs practise mutual sexual selection? - Katherine Harmon - Why Is the New Deep-Sea Antarctic Octopus So Pale?
Without genetic change we'd be nowhere—well perhaps just unicellular blobs kicking around in ponds. Alterations in DNA, such as point mutations, duplications, rearrangements and insertions from microbial neighbors, have helped humans and our deep-time ancestors climb out of the swamps and, in our case at least, start swimming in backyard pools.But these basic tools of evolution don't entirely explain how we and other organisms have evolved to be so complex...
It's winter, and while Los Angeles has been unseasonably warm, I find my mind wandering to cooler things, like polar bears. In most zoos and animal parks, polar bears ( ursus maritimus ) attract such a disproportionate amount of attention that they are referred to in the industry as "charismatic megafauna," or in other words, "really cool animals." Perhaps it is because it is especially rare for the average zoo-goer to happen upon a polar bear in the wild, or because they live in such an inhospitable environment...
As it is Wednesday, we have the brand new Video of the Week for you to watch.- James Byrne - Population Science - Maria Konnikova - The Psychology Behind Gift-Giving and Generosity - Jennifer Frazer - When You Think “Hydrothermal Vents”, You Shouldn’t Think “Tube Worms” - S.E...
Video of the Week #24, January 4th, 2012 From: Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Scientific American blogger Jennifer Ouellette (Cocktail Party Physics) dazzled the audience of the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson during her appearance to promote her latest book, The Calculus Diaries ...
A few weeks ago psychologist Dan Ariely, inspired by the holiday frenzy, pondered the hows and whys of gift-giving. Reading his piece—an endorsement of a behavioral economics view that challenges the rational economic contention that gift-giving is a largely irrational dilemma—at once brought to mind the story that has to me (and, I suspect, to many others) always epitomized the spirit of gifts and generosity: O...
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, talking about a study in lonely lady rats. It turns out that lady rats, unlike male rats, will eat more when housed alone.
- Darren Naish - ‘Rigid Swimmer’ and the Cretaceous Ichthyosaur Revolution (part I) - Krystal D'Costa - The Barry White Syndome: Why Are Deep Voices Attractive? - John R.
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