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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

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Pop Music, Playing Music, Complex Brains

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:"There's a sense that the hits from yesteryear had an innocence and feel-good quality that's missing from today's pop offerings," and there might be something to that sense, according to Christian Jarrett, writing at BPS Research Digest...

August 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Ferrets: Man's Other Best Friend

If a human points his or her finger at something, a dog might infer that there's hidden food, while the chimpanzee remains more or less clueless about the meaning behind that sort of non-verbal communication...

August 24, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Night Shift, Eating Disorders, Making Time Stand Still

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:"In a modern world with 24-hour service becoming increasingly expected from a wide range of businesses around the world, what kind of pressure does this place on people doing shift work when most people are still asleep?" At Providentia , Romeo Vitelli discusses some recent attempts to scientifically investigate this question: How Dangerous is the Night Shift?Eating disorders are complicated, and their manifestation can vary from person to person...

August 14, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Why Bronze Medalists Are Happier Than Silver Winners

So we have the paradox of a man shamed to death because he is only the second pugilist or the second oarsman in the world. That he is able to beat the whole population of the globe minus one is nothing; he has “pitted” himself to beat that one; and as long as he doesn't do that nothing else counts...

August 9, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Science Writers Who Write About Goats

Several weeks ago, science writer Virginia Hughes wrote a piece about her trip to the Galapagos Islands. In it, she described a project in which scientists intentionally killed eighty thousand feral goats on one of the islands in the archipelago...

July 30, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

"Blooming, Buzzing Confusion" - But Who Is Confused?

Thursday July 26th saw the launch of, a new English language science blog network., the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German, Spanish and Dutch...

July 26, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

A Fishy Beachfront Orgy: The Tweet That Became An Article

Earlier this summer, evolutionary biologist, wildlife photographer, and (most importantly) my friend Neil Losin asked if I wanted to drive down to Long Beach with him to check out the grunion run, and try to get some decent photos of it...

July 19, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

For Chimps, Tool Choice Is A Weighty Matter

A juvenile chimpanzee in the Ivory Coast's Tai Forest watches as her mother carefully places a soft coula nut onto a hard, flat rock. In her other hand, mom has a chunk of hard wood.

July 18, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

One Thoughtful Solar Revolution

The Scientific American Blog Network launched one year ago today! Happy birthday to us! Following in the tradition of the rest of the network (borrowed, in turn, from Drugmonkey and Ed Yong), I'm going to take this opportunity to find out who you are...

July 5, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman
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