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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

To Catch A Cat, You Need To Fry A Chicken

Whether you’re a dog, a cat, or a grad student who hasn’t been home to shower for a few days, fleas are a major problem. They make skin itch.

October 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

Science Someone had to ask it. Why do squirrels masturbate? Obviously, it’s a piece by Ed. Sentiment-sensing software could aid in weeding hostile online comments.

October 3, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

7 Questions with… Andrew Thaler

Here at The Thoughtful Animal, we are conducting series of seven-question interviews with people who are doing or have done animal research of all kinds – biomedical, behavioral, cognitive, and so forth...

October 1, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The Fate of the Alamogordo Chimps

The National Institutes of Health announced that by 2011 it will transfer almost two hundred chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico to a lab in San Antonio, Texas, lab for use in invasive research...

September 30, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

LA-area science communicators tweet-up!

Aaron Rowe and I are organizing a tweet-up for LA-area science writers/communicators. Many of us interact daily through our blogs or through twitter, but rarely in person – so this is a chance to meet up face to face...

September 30, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monkey versus Monkey

via Voice of America News blog: Organizers of the Commonwealth Games in India say they will try to prevent wild monkeys from disrupting the event by deploying a team of larger, fiercer monkeys to scare off their smaller cousins...

September 29, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Open Lab Update

The list is growing fast – check the submissions to date and get inspired to submit something of your own – an essay, a poem, a cartoon or original art.

September 29, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Children and Their Pets

Your humble narrator finds himself sick with a cold, so here’s a post from the archives. There is considerable research on how children interact with other children and with adults, and how child development can be influenced by those interactions...

September 27, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

Science The NY Times had an article on why we like spicy foods…a week after I had my piece in the Guardian making the same arguments.

September 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Morality and Political Psychology: A Guest Post

Ravi Iyer, a graduate student and colleague of mine at the University of Southern California in social psychology, blogs regularly about moral psychology at, and tweets from @ravi_polipsych...

September 24, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman


Below the fold, you’ll find a complete listing of all tweets from #SMWUSC, in reverse chronological order.

September 23, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Biomimicry: Social Media Week at USC

The time is upon us. As I wrote about earlier this week, it is Social Media Week in Los Angeles, and I’m participating, liveblogging (on this post!

September 23, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Origins of Morality: Puppet-Show Style!

Morality and convention are so mired in culture that it may seem near impossible to determine the extent to which biology and environment give rise to it.

September 23, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Social Media Week in LA

This week is Social Media Week in Los Angeles, as well as in Mexico City, Milan, Bogota, and Buenos Aires. What does that mean, exactly? Social Media Week is a multi-city global conference connecting people, content and conversations around emerging trends in social and mobile media...

September 21, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Science Blogger Blogcast Showdown

We initially planned on doing these group blogcasts roughly once per month, but then, well, Pepsigate happened and blogs were moved, people were distracted, and so on.

September 21, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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