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Blogging with Substance

Apparently, Mike the Mad Biologist thinks that I have a blog of substance. Or something like that. This appears to be a meme that Bora started, with two rules: 1.

August 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Seeing Pigs Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Late last week you might have seen headlines that went something like this: “Pampered pigs ‘feel optimistic’” or, this: “Can you ask a pig if his glass is half full?” or, “Pigs have feelings, too (and they prefer a bit of luxury)” The headlines came, respectively, from BBC News, EurekAlert, and the Daily Mail...

August 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

BBC Earth “Amazing”

Several weeks ago, BBC Earth contacted me to let me know about this awesome new website they were building: Life Is. The website, created by Firefly Interactive and The Brooklyn Brothers, will showcase some of the best images, videos and stories that the BBC Earth Natural History Unit has accrued in over 50 years of [...]..

August 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Carnival of Evolution #26

Welcome to the 26th edition of the Carnival of Evolution! To begin, consider the adaptive rhymes of evolution from the Digital Cuttlefish. There was a LOT of evolutionary blogging this month, so let’s just jump right in to the rest, shall we?...

August 3, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: How Anteaters Decide

“But wait,” you say. “Anteaters aren’t pets!” Well, I didn’t think so either. But Salvador Dali had a pet anteater.

August 2, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

A (New) Blog Announcement

What a crazy month July has been! First with PepsiGate (also here, here, and here), then once things started to quiet down a bit, we were hit with the NY Times Magazine nonsense.

August 2, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

What I’m Listening To

Gaga before she was Gaga. From an NYU talent show. Dedicated to @_ColinS_

August 2, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

I humbly present, once again, the quasi-weekly linkfest. Enjoy! First, a reminder: Submit awesome science blogging for Open Lab! I encourage you not to be shy about submitting your own stuff!...

August 1, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Where Can You Find Science on Scienceblogs?

Virginia Heffernan wrote a piece in today’s NY Times Magazine. She writes: Science blogging, apparently, is a form of redundant and effortfully incendiary rhetoric that draws bad-faith moral authority from the word “science” and from occasional invocations of “peer-reviewed” thises and thats...

July 30, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

7 Questions with… Zen Faulkes

Here at Thoughtful Animal headquarters, 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...

July 30, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman


I’m not going to create a new category for this creature, because I never expect to blog about these critters again. At least it’s clear that she’s a mammal.

July 30, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The Grades Your Grades Could Be Like

BYU students made a spoof of the Old Spice ads, about studying. Did you know that eight out of five dentists say that studying in the library is six bajillion times more effective than studying in your shower?...

July 28, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

This blog needs a logo

Like the headline says. I’ve been thinking about setting up a schwag shoppe, and so I’m going to need a logo. So I’m turning to you, my brilliant readers who (I hope) are far more photoshop-proficient than I am...

July 27, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Editor’s Selections: Methods FAIL, Empathic Robots, Gorilla Tag, and MDMA for PTSD

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: EcoPhysioMichelle explains a giant methods FAIL on a recent paper that “claims that women who are approaching menopause become ‘more willing to engage in a variety of sexual activities to capitalize on their remaining childbearing years.’” NeuroKuz wonders, “Is it really possible to empathize with [...]..

July 27, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monkeying Around

This is a tamarind: The fruit pulp is edible and popular. The hard green pulp of a young fruit is considered by many to be too sour and acidic, but is often used as a component of savory dishes, as a pickling agent or as a means of making certain poisonous yams in Ghana safe [...]..

July 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

A horse is a horse, of course of course

In general, the ability to attribute attention to others seems important: it allows an animal to notice the presence of other individuals (whether conspecifics, prey, or predators) as well as important locations or events by following the body orientation or eyegaze of others...

July 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Write a Science Poem

PZ Myers tipped me off to a science poetry contest: Dr. Charles is having a Poetry Contest, with wonderful prizes to be awarded to the winner with the best poem about “experiencing, practicing, or reflecting upon a medical, scientific, or health-related matter.” Rules, details, and submission guidelines here...

July 25, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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