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Stories by Curtis Brainard

The Lure of Light

The Lure of Light

"A sea turtle's life begins in darkness," writes John R. Platt of SciAm's Extinction Countdown blog. Buried in nests along the beach about 50 centimeters below the surface, they must first break out of their eggs before climbing and scraping their way up through the sand...

May 13, 2014 — Curtis Brainard
Shameless Self-Inflation

Shameless Self-Inflation

The Christmas Island frigatebirds (Fregata andrewsi) know how to call attention to themselves, especially the males, which inflate bright, red gular pouches on their necks to attract females...

April 28, 2014 — Curtis Brainard
Greetings from the New Blogs Editor

Greetings from the New Blogs Editor

With a new year comes new beginnings, and today I am thrilled to take the helm of the Scientific American blog network. Home to more than 40 blogs and 60 bloggers, it is a federation of some Webs most creative science communicators, who encourage daily discussions of the many ways in which science influences our [...]..

January 8, 2014 — Curtis Brainard
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