Here's another great video from ByteSizeScience from the ChemMatters series called "The Chemistry of Acne": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy6KX5bZOg0 This video describes the physiology behind how pimples form...
The curse of the Halloween baby: women avoid giving birth on 'evil day' and Are Pregnant Women Subconsciously Avoiding Giving Birth on Halloween? A recent study comparing birth rates on Halloween vs...
As Halloween is right around the corner, here's a video from ByteSizeScience on how hard candy is made:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY8q0hN6KwASome things of note:(1) Hard candy is technically a glass made of sugar!(2) There are three stages of sugar boiling, and the maximum temperature that it reaches determines the physical properties of the resulting candy (I think this is primarily a function of how much water is remaining in the sugar mixture).(3) If you watch the video, you'll figure out why hard candy always has a ring around the edge...
Although this is a bit out of my area of expertise, I highly recommend that you check out Carmen Drahl's article on the re-opening of Spain's Altamira Cave, known for its prehistoric wall paintings, after being closed in 2002 because visitors were introducing bacteria to the cave walls that damaged the paintings...
Edit 11am 10/16: Updated to fix some errors pointed out in the comments. Sorry, guys, blogging at 11pm isn't ideal for my brain! I was deeply considering a blog hiatus, dear readers, but sometimes you get hit with sledgehammers, and the only thing you can do to make sense of it all is to blog about it...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9I34dmCQ6E Check out this very cool video about Karen Goodell's research on plant/pollinator interactons, specifically the bee population in an Ohio conservation center on reclaimed strip-mine land...
Originally posted at Field of Science on April 21, 2011, where it was a Research Blogging Editor's Selection. Earlier this week I shared the story of my specific phobia of vomiting, and today I'm going to blog about an article recently published in PNAS (open access!) about the efficacy of cortisol supplementation during exposure therapy for specific phobias...
Originally posted at Field of Science on April 18, 2011. I have a specific phobia of vomiting. I don't like to talk about it in my online life because it is a major source of stress in my offline life (it is the root of my agoraphobia), but I bring it up today because I have some unanswered questions that I'd like to put out into the blogosphere...
Please accept my apologies for letting this blog go so long without an update. I promise I have a very exciting post in the works about Wooly Mammoth physiology , which I will post later this week...
Being as how it is a brand new network, #SciAmBlogs is still figuring out its identity and its place in the science blogging community. As such, my blog is also developing, and I am currently trying to figure out what I want from it and what its role is supposed to be.I dearly appreciate the increased readership and the massive amounts of support from Scientific American, but I also appreciate the concerns that my few regular readers have about the commenting situation over here...
STAFFBehind the scenes at Scientific AmericanRead
Anecdotes from the Archive
Anthropology in Practice
Exploring the human condition.Read
Insights into intelligence, creativity, personality, and well-beingRead
Everything you always wanted to know about raising science-literate kidsRead
Critical views of science in the newsRead
Dark Star Diaries
Explore the science behind the dog in your bedRead
News and research about endangered species from around the worldRead
Frontiers for Young Minds
Science by and for kids ages 8-15Read
Commentary invited by editors of Scientific AmericanRead
Climate science in a changing worldRead
Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday DeceptionsRead
Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiologyRead
MIND Guest Blog
Commentary invited by editors of Scientific American MindRead
Not bad science
New discoveries in animal behavior and cognitionRead
Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific AmericanRead
More than wires - exploring the connections between energy, environment, and our livesRead
Roots of Unity
Mathematics: learning it, doing it, celebrating it.Read
Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.Read
STAFFIllustrating science since 1845Read
STAFFA science blog, sans blagueRead
Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinctRead
The Artful Amoeba
A Blog About the Weird Wonderfulness of Life on EarthRead
Exploring and celebrating diversity in science.Read