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Can Money Buy Self-Esteem?

Sellers have long charged a premium for objects that confer some kind of social status, even if they offer few, if any, functional benefits over cheaper products.

January 17, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren

The Creativity of Dual Process "System 1″ Thinking

" I back away from conscious thought and turn the problem over to my unconscious mind. It will scan a broader array of patterns and find some new close fits from other information stored in my brain...

January 17, 2012 — Scott Barry Kaufman and Jerome L. Singer

#SciAmBlogs - sniffing dogs, space debris, epigenetics, multicellular origins, monkeys, #scio12 and more.

Welcome back after the long weekend. Monday - so time for the new Image of the Week: check it out.- Rob Dunn - Sick People Smell Bad: Why dogs sniff dogs, humans sniff humans, and dogs sometimes sniff humans - David Wright - Where Did All That Space Debris Come From? - Kara Rogers - Epigenetics: A Turning Point in our Understanding of Heredity - Kelly Oakes - Explaining Titan’s Alien Weather System - Christina Agapakis - Nitrogen Fixation - Kevin Zelnio - Mistruths, Insults from the Copyright Lobby Over HR 3699 and NCSE Picks Fight Against Climate Science Deniers - Janet D...

STAFFJanuary 17, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Snowboarding Crows: The Plot Thickens

On Friday, I quickly posted this video, which shows a crow - likely a hooded crow (thanks to a commenter at Andrew Revkin's Dot Earth blog for the ID) - appearing to "snowboard" down the roof of a Russian building, using a small object as a makeshift snowboard...

January 16, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

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