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ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Election Day Edition

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week, featuring election-day science:Stressed out waiting for the results? According to Scicurious, It’s not the stress that counts, it’s whether you can control it.Is it possible to predict how "undecided voters" will decide?...

November 6, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Introducing: Kate Shaw

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...

STAFFNovember 6, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

What's So Special about Mirror Neurons?

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...

November 6, 2012 — Ben Thomas

Learning the Language of Rivers II: The Basics

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...

November 6, 2012 — Dana Hunter

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