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Celestial Awesomesauce

© Scott Benson. Click to enlarge. This stunning print by illustrator and animator Scott Benson evokes the cold sky, filled with a burgeoning amount of life.

December 5, 2012 — Glendon Mellow

Watch: How Do Knees Work? An Iron Egghead Sample Video

Can you explain science with seven everyday items? We're looking for some creative minds to explain how a part of the human body works, or how a process occurs in it, in two minutes or less.

STAFF December 5, 2012 — Philip Yam

Stressed out and not thinking straight

In times of acute stress, we really DON'T think straight. In fact, we suffer deficits in working memory. And we do this in spite of an increase in dopamine release from the neuron terminals there, which we usually think of as being associated with important stimuli (like food or drugs) in the prefrontal cortex.

December 5, 2012 — Scicurious

A Fleet of Data in U.S. Vehicles

By: Melissa C. Lott and Ian Kalin, Presidential Innovation Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy In the early 1970s, auto manufacturers faced the challenge of how to ensure compliance with new U.S.

December 5, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

Cigarette Butts in Nests Deter Bird Parasites

The sight of cigarette butts delicately woven into birds' nests sparks an array of reactions, from relief that birds are adapting to urban environments to disgust at the display of human disregard for wildlife.

December 4, 2012 — Hannah Waters

This Steampunk Ant is Transformative

A few months ago, an artist who traced my photograph in the L.A. Times prompted a heated discussion: was the artist's work sufficiently transformative to count as Fair Use under U.S.

December 4, 2012 — Alex Wild

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