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Stories by 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

The Vision of Scienceblogs

Did you know that Scienceblogs has a vision statement? It might be hard to find. You have to scroll alllllllll the way down to the very bottom of any page on the network, and click About Scienceblogs...

July 23, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Open Lab 2010!

So this year, super science blogger Ben Young Landis was supposed to be guest editor for Open Lab, but alas, he has gotten a new job and will be moving and will no longer be able.

July 23, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

What Do I, As A Blogger, Want From A Network?

There’s been lots of talk lately about the future of science blogging, in general, and the purpose and nature of blogging communities or networks, more specifically.

July 20, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Mickey Feels Your Pain (In His Brain)

From the archives… Figure 1: Does Mickey feel empathy? It probably depends on how you define empathy. Empathy, by any definition, implies emotional sensitivity to the affective state of another...

July 18, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Dogs on the ‘Net

Only a few minutes today to get out a few interesting links, because I’m busy writing up an IACUC proposal. First, a post on dogs from one of the Psychology Today blogs.

July 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Yawn! Yawn! Yawn! Yawn! Yawn! Contagious Yawn!

It’s been a pretty long stressful week around here, and not just because of Pepsipocalypse and the resulting fallout. But, well, I’m back, and I have an awesome paper to tell you about...

July 14, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Still here, for now

Well, well, well. After spending the day dismantling and rebuilding my lab (which, to my slight surprise, was actually super fun), I return to some good news (relative to the bad news that’s been flying around here over the last couple days)...

July 8, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Further Sugary Carbonated Thoughts

Dudes, I don’t even drink soda. Of any kind. Ever. Seriously, though, I’m saddened by the loss of several of my sciblings. Many of them are individuals who I consider role models, and look up to...

July 7, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

A Pepsi Blog? Initial Thoughts

If you’ve been around Scienceblogs today, or on Twitter, you may have noticed that there appears to be a new blog around these parts.

July 6, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

BlogCast: Random Ramblings of Grad School

A handful of random musings on life as a grad student, spanning two countries, three states, and six or seven timezones, lasting about half an hour.

July 6, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Porn for Pandas!

“The males often prefer eating to mating.” Apparently, giant panda dudes (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in captivity would rather sit around and munch on bamboo than get it on with the females...

July 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets, Blogrollin’ Style

I am quite full from the last minute Fourth of July dinner that my brother and I threw together – featuring grilled chicken-apple sausages, roasted pork tenderloin with lemon-pepper dry rub, and chocolate peanut butter cookies...

July 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Happy Fourth!

Every celebration deserves some muppets.

July 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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