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Stories by 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

How Anteaters Decide What To Eat

The Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla , only eats ants and termites, as its name suggests. Since the giant anteater and its evolutionary ancestors have been feasting on ants and termites for nearly 60 million years, a researcher named Kent Redford hypothesized that, over time, ants and termites may have evolved various defenses to avoid predation...

June 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

The Average Bear Is Smarter Than You Thought

Yogi Bear always claimed that he was smarter than the average bear, but the average bear appears to be smarter than once thought. Psychologists Jennifer Vonk of Oakland University and Michael J...

June 20, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Sidewalk Science: A Different Approach To Outreach

Last week (June 5, 2012), the lucky citizens of Earth were in just the right place to watch Venus's transit across the face of the sun. While this occurred just eight years ago as well, it won't happen again for more than a century...

June 12, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Smokers, Dyslexia, and A Neuroscience Revolution

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:At Addiction Inbox, Dirk Hanson makes a bold statement: "It’s getting harder to interpret genetics studies, and that’s a good thing." Find out why: High-Risk Haplotypes in Smokers.G r e a t e r / l e t t e r / s p a c i n g / helps reading in dyslexia...

June 6, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

UPDATE: Guilty Dogs on the Radio

Just a quick announcement that I'll be on a short segment of The Aaron Rand Show, on Montreal's CJAD 800 radio station this afternoon tomorrow afternoon, June 6, around 3:45pm eastern (12:45pm pacific)...

June 5, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Do Dogs Feel Guilty?

"I walked into the house, and he was acting strange. I could tell he had done something wrong," she told me. I pressed for further details."His head was down, and he wasn't making eye contact," she explained...

May 31, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman
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