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Artsy Kraken

Image of the Week #14, October 24, 2011: From: Science Art Scumble #26 by Glendon Mellow at Symbiartic . Original source: Nobu Tamura After the “Artsy-Kraken” story hit the news the past couple of weeks, scientific illustrator and paleoartist Nobu Tamura sat down and drew this rendition of the ancient cephalopod tagging the ocean midden like a prehistoric Banksy-wannabe...

October 25, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Time - and brain chemistry - heal all wounds

I know I'm not physically hurt. Though it feels like I've been kicked in the stomach with steel-toed boots, my abdomen isn't bruised. Spiking cortisol levels are causing my muscles to tense and diverting blood away from my gut, leading to this twisting, gnawing agony that I cannot stop thinking about...

October 24, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Weekly Highlights #9

Just a quick survey of some of the most recent articles and blog posts you may find interesting: Marissa Fessenden, at UCSC: There’s fluoride in my water?: Today, 64 percent of Americans will drink and bathe in fluoridated water...

STAFFOctober 23, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

What Impact Could Gaddafi's Death Have on Arab Spring Unrest?

The execution of Col. Muammar Gaddafi earlier this week closes one chapter on Libya's version of the "Arab Spring" movement. Where the country goes from here, and what the other members of the movement learn from the overthrow of Gaddafi, is likely, however, to be the more difficult part of the story...

October 21, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

Cultural Transmission in Chimpanzees

Culture defines who we are but few can explain where it comes from or why we adopt one tradition over another. In the classic musical The Fiddler on the Roof the family patriarch, Tevye, muses on this basic fact of human existence: Here in Anatevka we have traditions for everything.....

October 21, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Ohio wildlife, science on trial, Bjork, fossil tracks and more...

- John R. Platt - Ohio Animals Tragedy Calls Attention to Loopholes in Captive Wildlife Laws - Caleb A. Scharf - Tick Tock: the connection between celestial mechanics and genetics - Bora Zivkovic - #scio11 – Data Discoverability: Institutional Support Strategies - David Ropeik - Italian seismologists on trial … for failing to communicate well? - Glendon Mellow - Unchanging Art Supplies - David Bressan - On the Track of Ichnology - Alex Wild - Thrifty Thursday: Army Ants Filmed on a Budget - Katrina Edwards - North Pond: Picture Day - Krystal D'Costa - Editor’s Selections: Venereal Diseases Galore, Facebook Brains, and Subtitles and #NYCSciTweetUp Next Thursday, 10/27 and AiP’s DonorsChoose Picks: George Orwell, Frederick Douglass, Jared Diamond, & Digital Recorders Needed - Janet D...

STAFFOctober 21, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

In Biophilia, Bjork realizes a synesthete’s dream

Go back to the past. You’re a teenager hovered over the liner notes of a cherished new album. Or perhaps your eyes are closed to better absorb all the auditory sensations and to make sure to take in every word and phase to aid later recitation in the dark...

October 20, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

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