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What Should Teachers Say to Religious Students Who Doubt Evolution?

I'm teaching Darwin again this semester, in two separate courses, and I'm confronted with a familiar dilemma: How should I respond to students who reject evolutionary theory on religious grounds?One course is a freshman survey of the humanities and social sciences, and the other reviews the history of science and technology...

November 20, 2012 — John Horgan

Sleep on It

“One hundred repetitions three nights a week for four years - sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.” These are the thoughts of Bernard Maxwell as he reflects on The World State’s sleep-teaching technique, hypnopaedia, in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World , before concluding: “Idiots!”Learn While You Sleep?...

November 20, 2012 — Simon J. Makin

Frontonia: dissecting a ciliate appetite

(I'm pretty sure every non-strictly-autotrophic thing has some form of appetite. Some ciliates and amoebae just tend to display it more prominently -- as in this cool video of a Climacostomum devouring a flatworm!) Frontonia is a genus of predatory ciliates who feed on anything from algae and bacteria to fellow ciliates (and anything else that can fit through the cytostome, or its "throat")...

November 20, 2012 — Psi Wavefunction

Quantum Dots of Many Colors

Earlier this month, Technology Review reported that scientists from the University of Rochester have figured out how to use nanoscale crystals called quantum dots to enhance the longevity of artificial photosynthesis...

November 20, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

#SciAmBlogs Monday - World Toilet Day, Zaltrap Deal, Presidential Pythagorean Proof, Tycho Brahe Poison, Nematocin, and more.

As usual on Mondays, we have a new Image of the Week.- Laura Newman - Why Sanofi’s Zaltrap Deal Won’t Help Patients - Bob Grumman - M@h*(pOet)?ica—of Pi and the Circle, Part 1 - Jennifer Ouellette - Cold Case Files: Tycho Brahe Not Poisoned After All - Scicurious - Nematode Lovin’: Nematocin - Scott Huler - Inspiration on World Toilet Day - Caleb A...

STAFFNovember 19, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Pharmacies Dispense Meds Even after Docs Stop Prescription

When doctors take patients off of a prescription medicine, it is often for a good reason. But pharmacists don't always get the memo. A new study finds that more than 1 in 100 discontinued prescriptions were filled by the pharmacy anyway, putting some patients at serious risk.In the U.S., pharmacists filled more than 3.7 billion prescriptions in 2011...

November 19, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Come Hang Out with Some World Changing Ideas

Oil that cleans water. Pacemakers powered by our own blood. Drones that can spy on you in your backyard. Scientific American has chosen these and seven other innovations as the leading developments in 2012 that could ultimately change our world...

November 19, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

Feeling pain is Nonsense

Image of the Week #69, November 19th, 2012: From: Elections Have Consequences: Fungal Meningitis and Compounding Pharmacies by Judy Stone at Molecules to Medicine ...

November 19, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The Stars Are Beginning To Go Out...

The galaxy NGC 1365 aglow with H-alpha light that tends to show star forming zones(Credit: ESO) They really are.The universe is apparently well past its prime in terms of making stars, and what new ones are being made now across the cosmos will never amount to more than a few percent on top of the numbers already come and gone.This is the rather disquieting conclusion of a new and significant study of the rate at which stars have been produced through cosmic time...

November 19, 2012 — Caleb A. Scharf

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