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Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Recently, two studies surfaced almost simultaneously that led to exclamations of “Vulcan mind meld!”, “Zombie armies!” and “Brains in jars!”

September 9, 2013 — Athena Andreadis
Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Recently, two studies surfaced almost simultaneously that led to exclamations of “Vulcan mind meld!”, “Zombie armies!” and “Brains in jars!”

September 9, 2013 — Athena Andreadis
Chimps in Uganda: The Landmine Snare

Chimps in Uganda: The Landmine Snare

This is our last week of data collection. It was supposed to be a laid-back week to collect a few more samples and enjoy a few final days tracking chimpanzees, a fieldwork victory lap of sorts...

September 9, 2013 — Maureen McCarthy
Film Review: GMO OMG SRSLY? An #EpicFail in Exercising Our Right to Know

Film Review: “GMO OMG” SRSLY? An #EpicFail in Exercising Our Right to Know

Jeremy Seifert’s new documentary “GMO OMG” opens with a series of maudlin pastoral scenes—sun-dappled forests, kids playing outdoors, a close-up of ants crawling in a line—as a man’s somber voice reads Wendell Berry’s poem “The Peace of Wild Things.” With this subtle Malickian prelude out of the way, the film begins more earnestly...

September 9, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Simulating the spread of disease

Simulating the spread of disease

In the early stages of a disease outbreak, health officials have pressing questions. Where will cases emerge next? How many people will become sick?

September 9, 2013 — Erin C. McKiernan
Hoop House

Hoop House

Image of the Week #107, September 6th, 2013: From: Introducing: The Food Matters Crew by Layla Eplett, Pamela Ronald, Kathleen Raven, Julianne Wyrick, Kevin Bonham, Patrick Mustain and See Arr Oh at Food Matters...

September 6, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Food Week Collection at #SciAmBlogs – #SciAmFood

Food Week Collection at #SciAmBlogs – #SciAmFood

Wow, if I may say so myself, this was a wonderful week of food blogging! We launched a new group blog dedicated to food, and each of the seven bloggers posted this week.

September 6, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Food For Rethinking Markets

Food For Rethinking Markets

No perfect rationality is needed to see that markets often don’t work as advertised. But without perfect rationality, and other utopian conditions, the math of market theory doesn’t work...

September 6, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
They eat horses, don’t they?

Wordless Wednesday: Science debuts at NABJ

“Behave, or I’ll send you to Italy!”. That’s a strange threat! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go there to visit the wine country, see the art in Florence, learn some history in Rome, and enjoy the Adriatic beaches?...

September 6, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Geologizing Asses

Geologizing Asses

“Humanity’s genius is to have always had a sense of its weakness. The physical energy and strength, with which nature insufficiently endowed humans, is found in animals that help them to discover new territories.” “Home” (2009) A post dedicated to the forgotten heroes of early geology -  asses !...

September 6, 2013 — David Bressan
Photo Credit: Big coal –> big biomass at the U.K.’s Drax Power Station

Photo Credit: Big coal –> big biomass at the U.K.’s Drax Power Station

Situated on the River Ouse, the Drax Power Station provides about 7% of the United Kingdom’s electricity supply.  With its 4 GW capacity, Drax is the second largest coal-fired power plant in Europe and the U.K.’s number one emitter of carbon dioxide.  This spring, facility directors announced that half of the plant’s capacity would be converted to [...]..

September 6, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Labels and Other “Krafty” Stuff

Labels and Other “Krafty” Stuff

Genetic engineering of crops and genetically modified (GM) food are hotly debated topics. Since California’s Prop 37 for mandatory labeling of GMOs was defeated in November 2012, more than two dozen states have introduced bills into their legislature that would enact labeling...

September 5, 2013 — Cami Ryan
A Survey Asks: How Much Does Your Privacy Online Matter?

A Survey Asks: How Much Does Your Privacy Online Matter?

Is online anonymity important to you? How far are you willing to go to protect your privacy? These two the key questions are examined in a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project...

September 5, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
Bacon & Egg Ice Cream, with a side of Music

Bacon & Egg Ice Cream, with a side of Music

Video of the Week #108, September 4th, 2013: From: Pitch/Fork: The Relationship Between Sound And Taste by Layla Eplett at Food Matters. Source: Channel Four programme “How To Cook Like Heston” What is the relationship between sound and taste?...

September 4, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
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