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Tuesday Tune: Geology Rocks

It’s the return of the Tuesday Tune! I figured we’d kick off with something catchy, maybe a nice sing-song about rocks from a husband and wife duo.

November 26, 2013 — Dana Hunter

Did You Have A Good Pee, Mr. Rhino?

Thanks to a recent study on the urine flow of differently sized mammals (yes, small mammals “drip” and large mammals “jet”— more here), I came across a gem of a YouTube video where three out-of-frame tourists on safari observe and narrate the public urination of a rhino...

November 26, 2013 — Julie Hecht

Good Microbes Make Good Pets

THIS is good scicomm. Why? Well, for many reasons – good writing, good sound, good editing – but by far the most apparent, the reason most people will sit up and take note is because of the strong visuals...

November 25, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

A Weighty Question: Does “Plan B” have a Weight Limit?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock Mother Jones today has a great piece out on how a version of “Plan B” manufactured in Europe  is less effective for women who weigh more than 165 pounds, and rendered completely ineffective for women whose weight tops 176 pounds...

November 25, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron

Who Owns Outer Space? [Video]

With the exception of international waters, unclaimed portions of Antarctica and a Hong Kong-sized parcel of land wedged between Egypt and Sudan, nearly every square inch of planet Earth has been claimed by a governing body...

November 25, 2013 — Eric R. Olson

Our Microbial Organ – The Good and Bad Bugs of the Human Gut

Ever since coming to Harvard, I’ve been involved with a graduate student group called “Science in the News.” At SITN, the goal is to bring the fascination with scientists that graduate students have to a wider audience, and the flagship effort of the group is a series of lectures held every Autumn and Spring that [...]..

November 25, 2013 — Kevin Bonham

Civilian Drones to Change How We Respond to Emergencies

You may think you know what a “drone” is. But the word  “clearly means a lot of things to a lot of different people,” according to Dean Jansen, co-director of the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC), which took place in October...

November 25, 2013 — Julianne Chiaet

How to Erase Bad Memories

I’ll never forget it. They strapped electrodes to my wrist, cranked up a black dial on a frightening electronic device encrusted with switches and knobs, and shocked me repeatedly with jolts of electricity...

November 25, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields

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