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One Year on the Scientific American Blog Network

One Year on the Scientific American Blog Network

I started writing AiP in 2009. I was writing for you, Readers, of course. But I was also writing for me. Why? Kate Clancy said it best, Blogging is a selfish endeavor, a desire to be heard...

July 5, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

Talking With Our Hands: The Significance of Gestures

This post originally appeared on Anthropology in Practice on December 6th, 2010. New Yorkers are hand talkers. We often use gestures to add emphasis to our conversations; from pointing to direct tourists, or waving to demonstrate our exasperation with traffic, drivers, or pedestrians, or trying to interject—because New Yorkers don't interrupt!—we gesticulate...

July 2, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

Deconstructing Rituals of Reconciliation

Ed note - We're digging in the archives today: This post originally appeared on Anthropology in Practice on June 27th, 2011. "It's hard for me to say I'm sorry."Readers may find that the title for this section triggers a certain refrain by Chicago (or BoysIIMen, depending on how old you are)...

June 25, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

Anthropological Finds at ID Day

Glen Taylor came because he was being plagued by spirits. While his two daughters wandered the stations set up for Identification (ID) Day in the Grand Gallery of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Glen waited in line for Anibal Rodriguez and Nell Murphy, who were staffing the anthropology table...

June 22, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

Editor's Selections: Colors and Stuttering

It's Thursday, so that means Research Blogging Editor's Selections!This week you'll want to be sure you check out: Quick—what color is the sky? Aatish Bhatia has a fascinating discussion on colors up at Empirical Zeal, demonstrating nicely the ways in which we construct elements of our world that seem so concrete with time...

June 7, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

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