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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

Saturday Morning Jams

No, I suppose you can never truly trust a killer whale. (h/t Dr. Isis)

May 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman


This video is awesome. h/t to Zen Faulkes

May 15, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

Figure 1: From the good folks at Fake Science, something particularly relevant for me, these last few weeks. Here’s a round-up for this week.

May 14, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Thursday Night Jams

This might be in my top 5 favorite songs, ever, in the history of songs. Long, but totally worth it. 30,000 Pounds of Bananas, by Harry Chapin.

May 14, 2010 — 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


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
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