In my blogging career (and even before), I've spent a fair bit of time bemoaning the low level of scientific education/literacy/competence among the American public.
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It takes a lot to bump the United States election out of the national spotlight one week before election day. Hurricane Sandy was that big, a direct blow to the most heavily populated region of the country.
There was a lot of activity in the last hours of the Science Bloggers for Students campaign last night. It was better than any election coverage you'll watch tonight.
In the early 1990s, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Parma made a surprising discovery: Certain groups of neurons in the brains of macaque monkeys fired not only when a monkey performed an action – grabbing an apple out of a box, for instance – but also when the monkey watched someone else performing that action; and even when the monkey heard someone performing the action in another room.In short, even though these “mirror neurons” were part of the brain's motor system, they seemed to be correlated not with specific movements, but with specific goals.Over the next few decades, this “action understanding” theory of mirror neurons blossomed into a wide range of promising speculations.
This post was originally published at En Tequila Es Verdad. For those who haven’t yet seen it – enjoy! ***The Marys River at Avery Park had me staring in incomprehension like a kid on the first day of a foreign language class.
Image of the Week #67, November 6th, 2012: From: Giant flightless bats from the future by Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology .
#SciAmBlogs Monday - Spade-toothed whale, unnatural selection, Death with Dignity, pigeon milk, Washoe, Sandy, and more.
- Laura Jane Martin - The death of natural selection - Ilana Yurkiewicz - Support for Massachusetts Death with Dignity: what 14 years of data show us - S.E.
Last week, in the wake of superstorm Sandy, I saw a number of people asking questions on social media (and some traditional media picking up on it) about a potential for ratpocalypse, i.e,.
Simulation of an early galaxy hosting a superluminous supernova. Credit: Adrian Malec and Marie Martig (Swinburne University) A superluminous supernova may sound like a designation dreamed up by someone with a penchant for hyperbole, but such explosions are deserving of the extravagant language.
Storm-ravaged New Jersey could set off a tempest of its own on Election Day if the state lets constituents vote via e-mail and fax, cautioned a group of legal, technology and election experts during a press conference on Monday.
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