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    Is High Ability Necessary for Greatness?

    Is High Ability Necessary for Greatness?

    As soon as I saw the headline “Research sheds light on origins of greatness” , my interest was piqued. The article is referring to a new paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science , so I immediately downloaded that paper and left the press release open to the side.

    October 14, 2011 — Scott Barry Kaufman
    Open Laboratory 2011 - the complete list of all submitted entries

    Open Laboratory 2011 - the complete list of all submitted entries

    The submission period for The Open Laboratory 2011 has now ended. We have 717 721 entries this year and they all look great (all listed below)! This list alone, even though only 52 of them will make it into the book, is quite a snapshot of the year in science blogging and quite a resource - share it with your friends to show them the quality and beauty of science on the Web.Jennifer and I will now start the process of organizing the judges, ushering them through the judging process, editing the winning posts and more.

    October 3, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic
    Auditory Illusions

    Auditory Illusions

    Two classic auditory illusions. Try them out! Christie Nicholson reports

    April 25, 2010
    World Changing Ideas: December's <i>Scientific American</i>

    World Changing Ideas: December's Scientific American

    Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and editor Michael Moyer talk about the "World Changing Ideas" feature as well as other contents of the December issue. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news

    December 11, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
    Bogus Brainteaser

    Bogus Brainteaser

    The Totally Bogus Quiz for this week

    December 4, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
    Where There Was Smoke, There's Science

    Where There Was Smoke, There's Science

    Wake Forest University School of Medicine neuroscientist Dwayne Godwin talks about the the Winston-Salem area's adoption of biomedical research as well as meetings with Congress about science funding and his comic strip contributions to Scientific American Mind. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news

    September 8, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
    The <i>JAMA</i> saga continues

    The JAMA saga continues

    Two weeks ago, we posted a blog about a case involving a researcher who failed to report ties to the maker of a drug he favorably reviewed in JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association .

    April 15, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
    Darwin: Ghostbuster, Muse and Magistrate

    Darwin: Ghostbuster, Muse and Magistrate

    Darwin historian Richard Milner shares some of the lesser known aspects of Darwin's life. And Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer talks about the stock market, religion and other belief systems. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.darwinlive.com; www.michaelshermer.com

    January 22, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
    From Astronomy to Zune

    From Astronomy to Zune

    Scientific American astronomy expert George Musser discusses the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society and SciAm.com's Larry Greenemeier reports on the Consumer Electronics Show. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news

    January 14, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
    Great Expectations for 2009

    Great Expectations for 2009

    Multiple experiments by Duke University professor Dan Ariely reveal how our expectations hugely influence our decisions, and ultimately, our experiences. Christie Nicholson reports

    December 30, 2008
    Christmas at the Moon; and <i>Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind</i>

    Christmas at the Moon; and Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind

    Scientific American editor Michael Battaglia discusses the online In-Depth-Report on Apollo 8, which orbited the moon 40 years ago this week. And author Emily Anthes talks about her new book, Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.SciAm.com/report.cfm?id=apollo8; www.SciAm.com/report.cfm?id=science-movies;www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/tag/doctor-atomic

    December 24, 2008 — Steve Mirsky
    Beware the Holiday Sugar High

    Beware the Holiday Sugar High

    Recent research concludes that parents significantly overestimate how sugar affects their children's hyperactive behavior. Susannah F. Locke reports.

    December 22, 2008
    Gift-Giving for Lovers

    Gift-Giving for Lovers

    Research suggests that women don't seem to mind if they receive the less-than-perfect gift. Men, on the other hand, are a different story. Susannah F. Locke reports

    December 15, 2008
    To Get Good Grades, Get Good Sleep

    To Get Good Grades, Get Good Sleep

    Research suggests that college students don't get enough sleep, and that they are far better off sleeping than cramming for exams. Steve Mirsky reports

    December 8, 2008
    Viruses against Disease; Going Batty for Bats

    Viruses against Disease; Going Batty for Bats

    Scientific American editor in chief, John Rennie, talks about the contents of the December issue, including bat evolution and how magicians are helping neuroscience. And Boro Dropulic of Lentigen talks about converting viruses into disease fighters. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include http://www.sciam.com/report.cfm?id=bat-guide; http://www.sciam.com/report.cfm?id=thanksgiving

    November 26, 2008 — Steve Mirsky
    "60-second psych"

    Complex Causes. Alternative Solutions.