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Bad Moon Rising: The Science of Werewolves

It's Halloween, that time of year when we celebrate all manner of monsters, from vampires and ghosts, to ghouls, zombies -- and werewolves. In fact, SciCurious has a fascinating post today on a 2012 paper exploring an unusual case of the psychological disorder of lycanthropy.

October 31, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette


One of Sci's favorite holidays is here! I've got my costume on! I've got PILES AND PILES OF CANDY!!! And to you, I present...lycanthropy. And yes, it's actually real.

October 31, 2012 — Scicurious

Haunted by Emily: When Addicts Disappear

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty and prostitution in NYC.

October 31, 2012 — Cassie Rodenberg

Did NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy?

Floodwaters enter Hugh L. Carey Tunnel. MTA photo How many of the NYC rats survived hurricane Sandy? This question has been asked in the wake of Sandy's flooding of lower and east Manhattan.

October 31, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Interview with Richard Price, CEO

This post is a bit different from what Bonnie and I usually post in this blog - an interview with Dr. Richard Price, founder and CEO of, a social network for researchers.

October 31, 2012 — Hadas Shema

Appalachia's Fall Colors Safe for Now

View from Rabun Bald peak on the GA/NC border. Elevation of 4,696 feet. Photo courtesy: Robynne Boyd It was time to get away. Remove myself from the city and head to the Appalachian Mountains to watch its warm-weather greens turn to the auburns, tangerines and rusts of autumn.First thing I noticed on arriving at the mountain cabin in the southwestern part of the state, just outside Highlands, NC, was the pressing quiet.

October 31, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Being Overwhelmed is Way Scarier Than a Paranormal Activity Movie

Want a little lesson in the life of a scientist? On my plate right now: Proposal reviews: OVERDUE Book chapter: OVERDUE Two revise and resubmits: one OVERDUE, one not (yet) Manuscript review: SUBMITTED LATE Proposal revision to mock panel: only a matter of time before OVERDUE New grant proposals: WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE Workouts: NOT HAPPENING with husband out of town and sitters unavailable Emails to me these days: GO INTO A BLACK HOLE UNLESS YOU WRITE A SECOND TIME AND ARE ON FIRE Kiddo’s Halloween costume: NOT QUITE DONE AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING Blog post: well, at least I got something done.

October 31, 2012 — Kate Clancy

An Excellent Point About Uniformitarianism

During costume-making madness, I've been listening to a lot of lectures. Might as well improve your mind whilst preparing for Halloween, eh?One of the lectures I've listened to is Dr.

October 31, 2012 — Dana Hunter

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - Sandy, power grid, new lizard, scary pimples, and more.

- Mark Fischetti - Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Sandy?  - Melissa C. Lott - The Word of the Day – Blackout  - John R. Platt - New Lizard Discovered in Australia and Threatened by Incoming Housing Development  - Gary Stix - Science Lesson During Sandy: Scary Pimples  - Kalliopi Monoyios - If Audubon Had Painted His Dreams…  - Caleb A.

STAFF October 31, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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