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Sweden Journal: Tragedies at the Zoos

[caption id="attachment_659" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Screenshot from TV4's Kalla Fakta"] [/caption] Over here in socialist paradise (a.k.a.

October 19, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound

New Orleans, October 16, 2012 - You walk into a bar and music is thumping. All heads are bobbing and feet tapping in synchrony. Somehow the rhythmic sound grabs control of the brains of everyone in the room forcing them to operate simultaneously and perform the same behaviors in synchrony.

October 19, 2012 — R. Douglas Fields

Votes by Mail Are Less Likely to Be Counted

The biggest challenge to voting accuracy in the U.S. isn't hanging chads or hacked voting machines—it's the mail. A new report by the Voting Technology Project (VTP)—a joint venture between the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—finds that even though absentee ballots account for about only a quarter of all ballots cast during an election, the number of uncounted absentee and election-day ballots may be roughly the same.The researchers estimate that up to 3.9 million absentee ballots were requested but not received by voters in the 2008 presidential election.

October 19, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

Is Homosexuality a Choice?

Ask this question, and you will probably receive one of two responses: Yes. People choose to be gay. They are making an immoral choice, which government should discourage.

October 19, 2012 — Marcia Malory

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - countertransference, rhino poaching, dangerous optimism, cancer angst, UV sterilization, T.rex proteins, and more.

We have a new Video of the Week today! - Hilda Bastian - #NIHMiM12 – The spreading shadow of cancer angst: 3 things you need to know to meet it rationally  - Kyle Hill - Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking  - Ilana Yurkiewicz - When a patient encounter hits too close to home  - Dana Hunter - The Cataclysm: “One of the Most Dramatic Mass-Movement Events of Historic Time”  - John R.

STAFFOctober 18, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

#NIHMiM12 the Spreading Shadow of Cancer Angst: 3 Things You Need to Know to Meet It Rationally

Cancer screening keeps spreading to more groups of people, pushed by a widely shared conviction that more and earlier must always be better. As the shadow of cancer widens to cover ever more people, and lengthens to cover longer stretches of their lifespans, cancer angst spreads far and wide, too.Barry Kramer wants to counteract irrational fear and actions by helping us get more rational about cancer screening.

October 18, 2012 — Hilda Bastian

The Urine Wheel

I recently saw an image that perfectly encapsulates many of my current interests, including odor and flavor mapping, the senses in scientific analysis, medieval ideas about health and disease, body fluids, and metabolic profiling.

October 18, 2012 — Christina Agapakis

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