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On Capsaicin: Why Do We Love to Eat Hot Peppers?

Stories of pepper spray have been all over the news lately. On Fox News, Megyn Kelly wondered what all the fuss about this "food product" was, and while pepper spray is no vegetable, the compound that makes pepper spray into a weapon at 2-5.3 million Scoville units, is indeed the same compound that many humans find enjoyable when consumed in dishes that include peppers much lower on the Scoville scale...

November 30, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

What Time Does The Cock Crow?

Ed. Note: Long time readers are well aware that I have a quirk about Time. You can read my other discussions here. The Experience of TimeTime is a measure of events, duration, and change...

November 30, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

#SciAmBlogs Monday - Higgs, Sky Cranes, Oracles, Mars, Placozoans, Mushrooms and more

Welcome back - I hope you had a great weekend. As usual on Mondays, we have a new Image of the Week for you - check it out.And the bloggers have come out in full force after the holidays:- Kelly Oakes - Why the Higgs Boson Matters - Amy Shira Teitel - Sky Crane – how to land Curiosity on the surface of Mars - Krystal D'Costa - Oracles Past and Present: Our Means of Managing Information - David Bressan - Glaciers from Mars - Jennifer Frazer - Shimmying Sheet Animal Senses Oxygen With Enzymes That Still Work in You - Scicurious - Book Review: Mushroom - Darren Naish - Gerhard Maier’s African Dinosaurs Unearthed: the Tendaguru Expeditions - Bora Zivkovic - Books: ‘Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science’ by Michael Nielsen and Making it in the new media ecosystem, at ScienceOnline2012 - Janet D...

STAFFNovember 29, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Curiosity on Mars

Image of the Week #19, November 28, 2011:
From: The Long Hard Road to Mars by Caleb A. Scharf at Life, Unbounded .

November 28, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Book Review: Mushroom

A few months ago, I received a book about mushrooms in the mail. I admit I stared at it a while. It's called "Mushroom". That's all. I got the review copy, so no cover art to speak of...

November 28, 2011 — Scicurious

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