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Slime Molds: Pretty, Smart, and Hungry

  Ancient, mysterious, and sometimes strangely beautiful:  slime molds are a kind of soil-dwelling amoeba that spend part of their lives as plain old single-celled organisms.  However, they can also band together to form fantastically alien-looking forms like those here. … Continue reading

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What Science Says About Some Common Food Myths

A recent post on Lifehacker made my little scientist heart go pitter-patter.  The authors take on 10 common food myths and then give actual scientific explanations of why they're not true.  For instance?   Eating after a certain time in the … Continue reading

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One-Dose Contraceptives…For Cats, At Least

Veterinarian Dr. Judy Levy from the University of Florida has put immunology to work in testing out what could be a breakthrough in controlling the feral cat population.  Her group tested out the contraceptive vaccine GonaCon on laboratory cats (which … Continue reading

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Science in the Media: To Fact Check, or Not to Fact Check?

By: Rebecca Cerio Science policy demands, at its very core, communication of scientific information. ┬áMaking sure that science is distributed to and understood by the people who need it, whether they be politicians or the public at large, is the … Continue reading

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Exxon Valdez vs. Deepwater Horizon: Microbes Still Do All The Work

The world watched in horror a year ago as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill spread a dark stain over the Gulf of Mexico.  The media eagerly reported oil and dead animals on the beaches of the southern US, but there … Continue reading

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Tattoos of the Useful Kind

Imagine if, instead of being hooked up to machines to monitor your brainwaves, heart, etc., instead your doctor gave you a tiny patch that could take those readings wherever you were and wirelessly send them back to the doctor’s office? … Continue reading

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Crowd Control (or Lack Thereof)

The New Yorker had a fascinating article by John Seabrook about crowd control, crowd deaths, and crowd psychology.  What I found most chilling was the description of what actually physically happens when you are in a dense crowd.     In … Continue reading

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From xkcd today, a sobering and accurate comic on surviving cancer (cover the kiddies' eyes, it's got one f-bomb in it): And that is why actually curing cancer is so hard.  How to pick out those few bad cells from … Continue reading

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Medieval Armor: Hindrance as Well as Help

That medieval armor was heavy (averaging 66-88lb) goes without saying.  But what effects did it have on a warrior's energy expenditure?  It LOOKS like it would be exhausting to move in, but just how exhausting was it, and how would … Continue reading

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Arms Race: Venomous Snakes and Their Predators

It's not every day that you get to see evolutionary pressures at work, but that's exactly what Sharon Jansa (U. of Minnesota) and Robert Voss (American Museum of Natural History) found when they started studying (of all things) the Virginia … Continue reading

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