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Introducing: Marissa Fessenden

Introducing: Marissa Fessenden

This is a series of Q&As with young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public.

STAFFSeptember 12, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
The Physical Exam: A Vestigial Art?

The Physical Exam: A Vestigial Art?

"A 24 year old healthy female in her usual state of health presents with acute 10/10 diffuse abdominal pain, anorexia and nausea. On physical exam she exhibits peritonitis, with rebound tenderness in the right lower quadrant, reproducible with palpation in the left lower quadrant." A typical summary of a patient one might see in the emergency room.

September 12, 2012 — Karolina Brook
SciArt of the Day: Forget Jackalopes, I Want That.

SciArt of the Day: Forget Jackalopes, I Want That.

James Prosek's Portal III James Prosek is best known for his meticulously painted fish images. But his recent foray into sculpture is equally as interesting and thought-provoking.

September 12, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Mount Kinabalu: In the Footsteps of Wallace

Mount Kinabalu: In the Footsteps of Wallace

We’ll start off with a decayed wooden pole. The photo next to this text was taken by my friend Mustafa Abdul Rahman (Bob, for friends), an evolutionary biologist at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo.

September 12, 2012 — Menno Schilthuizen
Parasite in your brain

Parasite in your brain

Video of the Week #60 September 11th, 2012: From: Brain Parasites, California s Hidden Health Problem by Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato at the Guest Blog .

September 11, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - brain on internet, bad medical reporting, kids' brain scans, unrestricted wolf hunting, invisible QR codes, and more.

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - brain on internet, bad medical reporting, kids' brain scans, unrestricted wolf hunting, invisible QR codes, and more.

- Kyle Hill - This is Your Brain on the Internet (Maybe)  - Christie Wilcox - Scientists play a large role in bad medical reporting  - Joris van Alphen - Mount Kinabalu: First Sight of the Summit  - Melissa Pandika - Surprise Valley: Down and Dirty in the Field  - Bora Zivkovic - ScienceOnline2012 – interview with David Ng  - Kalliopi Monoyios - SciArt of the Day: What’s Under the Hood?  - Ingrid Wickelgren - Scientists Scan Children’s Brains for Answers to Mental Illness  - John R.

STAFFSeptember 11, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
Invisible Quick-Response Codes (the Square Ones) Could Thwart Counterfeiting

Invisible Quick-Response Codes (the Square Ones) Could Thwart Counterfeiting

Quick Response (QR) codes—those grainy, black-and-white squares increasingly found on advertisements and packaging—can quickly deliver encoded data to mobile gadgets, whether the info is a Web address for a promotional video or details about a package's shipment.

September 11, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

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