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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

More on Chimpanzees and Peanuts

Yesterday, I wrote about this paper on chimpanzees learning (or not) to spit water into a tube to retrieve a peanut. I was so very sad to see that there were no supplementary materials included with the paper...

May 13, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Fake Science: How Do We Get Oil?

I found a terrific blog called Fake Science. Here’s a little bit of timely information for you, straight from the Fake Science vaults.

May 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

How Do You Figure Out How Chimps Learn? Peanuts.

What is culture? One simple definition might be: a distinctive behavior shared by two or more individuals, which persists over time, and that ignorant individuals acquire through socially-aided learning...

May 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Ask A Scienceblogger!

Scienceblogs is bringing back the popular Ask A Scienceblogger program. Sayeth the overlordz: Whatever you’ve wondered, now is your chance to ask.

May 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

More Genius

Add to the list of expensive toys with lasers that I want. Figure 1: Micro Temp Digital Infrared Thermometer, Pro Model. $59.99 at Cabelas.c

May 11, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Orcas Spotted Off of LA Coastline

Though they are routinely found in the waters off of California, large marine mammals like killer whales don’t usually come so close to shore – it seems they prefer to stick to the farther side of the channel islands...

May 11, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Another New Scibling

Deborah Blum has plugged herself into the Borg, and brought her blog Speakeasy Science along with her for the ride. She says: Although my most recent book, The Poisoner’s Handbook, is about murder and the invention of forensic toxicology in the early 20th century, my earlier works have focused on primate research, the science of [...]..

May 10, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Rule #1: Giving Talks

[Data collection fortnight ends today. And then we shall return to our regularly scheduled programming. Until then, here's Rule #1, from the archives.] If you are giving a talk, or teaching a class, or are otherwise responsible for transmitting content from your brain to other peoples’ brains, you should be able to give that talk [...]..

May 8, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Giant Birds and Terrified Monkeys

The Harpy Eagle ( Harpia harpyja ) is a nasty scary-looking muppethugging monster of a carnivorous bird. Female harpies weigh 14-20 pounds, and males weigh 8.5-12 pounds.

May 6, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Genius

Lately, my lovely nerdy scibling Christie has been collecting examples of genius and almost-genius inventions, contraptions, and ideas. I humbly offer the following, to be included under “absolutely freaking genius”...

May 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Where’s the other half?

I just read this article from the LA Times. Emphasis added: For months, the rafts that ferry Disneyland guests across the waterway to Tom Sawyer Island have been idle.

May 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

PLoS ONE – Blog Post of the Month

Each month, Bora Zivkovic, in his day-time role as PLoS ONE Community Manager, picks one post that covered a PLoS ONE paper that was published that month for recognition.

May 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Carnival of the Blue #36

Carnival of the Blue 36 is up at Observations of a Nerd! Carnival of the Blue includes all things wet and salty, and there are some interesting offerings this month, so go check it out!

May 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: Where Did Cats Come From?

Why were cats domesticated in the first place? And how? Given their relatively poor ability to socially engage with humans, it isn't exactly clear why or how they were domesticated, or how they came to play such a significant role in human culture...

May 3, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Name That Scibling

I’ve got some pretty talented sciblings. Sure, they’re all talented scientists or writers, or both. But, did you know there are some additional talents around here?

May 2, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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