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#SciAmBlogs Friday - a great end of the week

- Joseph Milton - Painting plasma - Bora Zivkovic - #scio11 – Web 2.0, Public and Private Spaces in the Scientific Community, and Generational Divides in the Practice of Science - Scicurious - Friday Weird Science: Piercing the Paleolithic Penis - Kelly Oakes - Blue stragglers formed by engulfing red giants - Bora Zivkovic - Weekly Highlights #11 – Rachel Nuwer - Larry Greenemeier - Can Collective Intelligence Provide Answers to Climate Change Questions? - Glendon Mellow - Tree of Life by Michele Banks - Matthew Garcia - Books: Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis - Charles Q...

STAFFOctober 28, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Beatboxing on the brain

Carolyn McGettigan is a researcher at University College London who studies the neural mechanisms of speech and production. So it was only natural that she teamed up with UK Beatbox champion Reeps One to uncover the mysteries behind his skill at producing percussion sounds with his mouth...

October 28, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Are birds' tweets grammatical?

Are humans the only species with enough smarts to craft a language? Most of us believe that we are. Although many animals have their own form of communication, none has the depth or versatility heard in human speech...

October 28, 2011 — Danielle Perszyk

Weekly Highlights #11 - Rachel Nuwer

Rachel Nuwer (Twitter, blog), from NYU's SHERP program, has been writing regularly on the New York Times Green blog. Check out some of her recent posts there: A Photographic Call to Action: When Clyde Butcher first began exploring the Everglades in 1984, “there was virtually nothing to photograph — it was one big ditch,” he says...

STAFFOctober 28, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Painting plasma

Through the years science has inspired many artists and some scientists have been driven to create art by the beauty they have witnessed during their work in the lab.

October 28, 2011 — Joseph Milton

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - spider porn, energy miracles and wandering eyes...

- Meera Lee Sethi - Internet Porn Fills Gap in Spider Taxonomy - Lesley Evans Ogden - Vehicle-to-grid technology: Electric cars become power-grid batteries. - Chris Rowan - A geologist-eye view of the Van earthquake - Cassie Rodenberg - If you could improve your personality with a hallucinogenic drug, would you? - Melissa C...

STAFFOctober 27, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

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