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Even Severed Octopus Arms Have Smart Moves

Even Severed Octopus Arms Have Smart Moves

The eight wily arms of an octopus can help the animal catch dinner, open a jar and even complete a convincing disguise. But these arms are not entirely under the control of the octopus’s brain...

August 27, 2013 — Katherine Harmon
Khalil’s Picks (16 August 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (16 August 2013)

This week on Picks: mother’s experiences before birth affect offspring, psychology IS a science, near-death cognitive experiences, the weird case of antidepressants, inside the mind of a killer whale...

August 16, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Video of the Week #105, August 14th, 2013: From: #SciAmBlogs Thursday – glass sponges, dog sounds, sharks friends, med school interviews, and more.

August 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Why Mosquitoes Like You and Not Me

Why Mosquitoes Like You and Not Me

The mosquito is so small it takes almost nothing to ruin it.–Mary Oliver Mosquitoes devour some people and ignore others. If they like you, swat a dozen and a dozen more appear in their place, inserting their mouthparts into your capillaries and imbibing as quickly as they can...

August 13, 2013 — Rob Dunn
Google Science Fair 2013: A Hangout in a Swamp

Google Science Fair 2013: A Hangout in a Swamp

We had a fun first today for the 2013 Google Science Fair Hangouts On Air series of live chats with researchers around the world: with the aid of a smart phone propped up by two fossil bones, we streamed live from a Virginia swamp for a session called Paleo Quest: Venturing into the Unknown...

August 12, 2013 — Mariette DiChristina
Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

We’re wrapping up the daily sciart posts today. We hope you’ve enjoyed them! Stay tuned tomorrow for a round-up of the month’s artists and images.

September 30, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Fossil Fish Face

Fossil Fish Face

Image of the Week #111 September 30th, 2013: From: How Fossil Fish Make Front-Page News by Kalliopi Monoyios at Symbiartic. Source: Brian Choo Often the highest calling for an artist can be to describe humanity’s place in the world...

September 30, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
The Private Life of Plankton — in HD

The Private Life of Plankton — in HD

Artistic, black and white photos of plankton — as we saw last time — are fabulous. But what if one hungers for HD? The Plankton Chronicles have got you covered.

September 29, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer
Words Are Thinking Tools: Praxotype

Words Are Thinking Tools: Praxotype

Words are thinking tools (as Daniel Dennett notes). New word-tools can sometimes avoid the baggage built into prior terms and thinking patterns.

September 27, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Are You A Mammal? Standardized Test

Are You A Mammal? Standardized Test

Hannah Bonner is an illustrator who is creating an empire of informative, entertaining kids’ books about paleontology. They remind me of The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole: real science conveyed with a wacky sense of humor...

September 27, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Khalil’s Picks (23 August 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (23 August 2013)

This week on Picks: Bacteria that cause pain, slimy salamanders, balance of the sexes, and more! – Bacteria can cause pain on their own by Cristy Gelling Bacteria can directly trigger the nerves that sense pain, suggesting that the body’s own immune reaction is not always to blame for the extra tenderness of an infected [...]..

August 23, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
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