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The Stories Our Refrigerators Tell

The refrigerator gives us a claimable space that serves as a center in our home. In fact, if you were spend 10 minutes anywhere in someone's home, I'd argue that the refrigerator would probably tell you the most about that person...

May 20, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

The Missing Link that Wasn’t

April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness...

April 2, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

Share This: Chain Letters and Social Networks

Chain letters hit the right chord of shock, or trigger the right degree of anxiety, which prompts the reader to share the stories or information they contain. To this end, chain letters are actually really well suited to social media because so little effort on the part of the reader is required to pass them on...

February 4, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
The Edge’s Annual Question: The Way We Produce and Advance Science

The Edge’s Annual Question: The Way We Produce and Advance Science

This year, I was invited to contribute to the Edge Foundation’s Annual Question. Other contributor include Helen Fisher, Irene Pepperberg, Alan Alda, Nina Jablonski, Jay Rosen, and, well 150 others: http://www.edge.org/responses/what-scientific-idea-is-ready-for-retirement The question was, “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?” My contribution: The Way We Produce And Advance Science Last year, I spearheaded a [...]..

January 14, 2014 — Kate Clancy
How Well Do You Know Your Dog?: Part 1

How Well Do You Know Your Dog?: Part 1

Your knowledge of your dog is unparalleled: You, not I, know whether she sleeps in the same spot all night or instead has a migratory sleep pattern.

December 31, 2013 — Julie Hecht
Be My New Buddy: Illinois Anthropology is Hiring

Be My New Buddy: Illinois Anthropology is Hiring

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to hire a biological anthropologist for a full-time (nine-month) tenure-track or tenured position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor...

November 19, 2013 — Kate Clancy
Beware Attack Troll: Share Your Most Notable

Beware Attack Troll: Share Your Most Notable

Trigger warning for graphic description of internet harassment. * * * We science writers all have our favorite troll comments. For me, they are the ones that claim I don’t know my topic, that tell me what I should have written, that criticize my tone rather than my content...

November 11, 2013 — Kate Clancy
Social Lessons from Our Favorite Horror Movies

Social Lessons from Our Favorite Horror Movies

I’m a fan of scary stories. With a few hours to spare, I’ll gladly spend them with Richard Matheson or Shirley Jackson. If I don’t have a few hours to spare, I’ll pass the time with whatever horror movie I can find playing in the background while I work...

October 31, 2013 — Krystal D'Costa
Dead Crickets Cannot Sing at All: A Paleofantastical Review

Dead Crickets Cannot Sing at All: A Paleofantastical Review

“The first thing you have to do to study 4,000-year-old DNA is take off your clothes.” Marlene Zuk’s new book Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live begins in classic science-writer style...

October 28, 2013 — Kate Clancy
Research Realities II: Another Door Open, Then Shut

Research Realities II: Another Door Open, Then Shut

(Click here for the introduction to the Research Realities series, and here for part I) Back when we were first scoping out locations for our integrated research and education project, my collaborator had mentioned that some colleagues she knew had good luck working with libraries, and that they were sometimes easier to work with than [...]..

August 19, 2013 — Kate Clancy
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