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ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Election Day Edition

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week, featuring election-day science:Stressed out waiting for the results? According to Scicurious, It’s not the stress that counts, it’s whether you can control it.Is it possible to predict how "undecided voters" will decide?...

November 6, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

It's Time For Donors Choose

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe." That he was speaking ultimately about god doesn't matter; I'm aware of no better articulation of the scientific process...

October 18, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

I tackle this question in two very different ways, in two very different places this week.First, the latest in my BBC Future column, Uniquely Human, was published today: Is language unique to humans?...

October 17, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Sesame Street and Child Development

Television has a bad side. According to a report from the University of Michigan, the average American child has seen sixteen thousand murders on TV by age 18.

October 15, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Cricket Fight Club: How is a Cricket Like a Rat?

When my brother and I were young, we were very careful to share the last bit of dessert equally. It's not that we were particularly magnanimous. In their wisdom, my parents instituted a rule in our house: one of us would divide the snack in half, and the other would select his half...

October 4, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Kid Scientists, Social Psychology, M&Ms for Rats

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:Science is really just kids play. Well, sort of. It turns out that when kids play, they "come up with general principles, akin to scientific theories, based on the data of their daily lives." Find out more at Discover Magazine's 80 Beats blog, where Ashley P...

October 2, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

The WEIRD Psychology of Elephants

In 1976, psychologists John and Sandra Condry of Cornell University had 204 human adults view videotaped footage of an infant boy named David and infant girl named Dana, and asked them to describe the infants' facial expressions and dispositions...

September 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Famous People With Animals

I'm at the annual conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums this week in Phoenix. Since I'm too busy livetweeting conference sessions to write a post this week, here are a few photos of famous people with animals...

September 13, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Dolphin Societies Are Impacted By Human Fishing

Moreton Bay is a small patch of ocean bounded by Queensland, Australia, on the west and on the east by Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. The bay is home, by various estimates, to between six hundred and eight hundred Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins ( Tursiops aduncus )...

September 6, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Tipping, Chomsky, and Cartoon Psychiatry

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:"Using data on tipping behaviour in 32 countries (collected from The International Guide to Tipping) and comparing this against the Corruption Perception Index, the researchers found that rates of corruption are higher in countries that tip more." What could explain this curious correlation?...

September 4, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

What Do Hurricanes Mean For Dolphins?

Hurricanes are typically associated with loss of life, loss of property, and economic devastation. Hurricane Katrina, which blew through the gulf coast in summer 2005, brought all those things and more...

August 31, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World