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#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

It's Time For Donors Choose

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe." That he was speaking ultimately about god doesn't matter; I'm aware of no better articulation of the scientific process...

October 18, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

What Are the Warning Signs of Tipping Points?

Predictions of tipping points in ecology, climate change, medical outcomes and other complex systems are a primary goal for many researchers. The pursuit of insights into the timing of critical transitions is no easy way to make a living, particularly because random events can trigger such changes and warning signs are easily missed or misinterpreted.Perhaps the best approach to studying tipping points is to combine two different approaches—one that explores the architecture of systems that change drastically and another that homes in on telltale signs that a system is on the brink...

October 18, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier

Can a Burst of UV Bust Hospital-Borne Infections?

About 1.7 million Americans each year acquire new infections during hospital stays—and hospital-acquired infections are one of the top five causes of death overall, killing 44,000 to 98,000 people in the U.S...

October 18, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

ISS Startrails

Video of the Week #65 October 18th, 2012: ISS Startrails - TRONized from Christoph Malin on Vimeo. From: ISS Startrails Video by Joanne Manaster at PsiVid .

October 18, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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