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Written By: grant on October 10, 2014 No Comment

Nature breaks the news to behaviorists – and this is more important than it might seem – that fish don’t really think mirrors are uninvited strangers:

“There’s been a very long history of using a mirror as it’s just so handy,” says Robert Elwood, an animal-behaviour researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK. Using [...]

Written By: grant on September 30, 2014 No Comment

Washington Post reveals a secret scientific conspiracy to sneak as many Bob Dylan lyrics into publications as possible:

While writing an article about intestinal gasses 17 years ago, Karolinska Institute researchers John Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg couldn’t resist a punny title: “Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind”.

Thus began their descent [...]

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Written By: grant on January 6, 2014 No Comment

The Guardian polls scientists to get their favorite (and corniest) science jokes:

? A weed scientist goes into a shop. He asks: “Hey, you got any of that inhibitor of 3-phosphoshikimate-carboxyvinyl transferase? Shopkeeper: “You mean Roundup?” Scientist: “Yeah, that’s it. I can never remember that dang name.”

Made up by and first told by me.
John [...]

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Written By: grant on November 5, 2013 No Comment

You might have seen on BBC and elsewhere that India launched a rocket to Mars. But have you seen the Quartz article on just how inexpensively they managed to do it?:

Christened Mangalyaan, or Mars vehicle, the rocket is part of a scientific mission that cost a grand total of Rs 4.5 billion, [...]

Written By: grant on October 25, 2013 No Comment

PhysOrg is sending out the call, as the Pentagon prepares to team up with brain-tech DIYers:

[...A]t the Maker Faire in New York, a new low-cost EEG recording front end was debuted at DARPA’s booth. Known as OpenBCI, the device can process eight channels of high quality EEG data, and interface it to [...]

Written By: grant on July 29, 2013 No Comment

FT.com introduces us to the genteel, cultured Fabiola Gianotti – accomplished pianist, paleontologist’s daughter, coffee enthusiast, trained classicist… and the kind of person who hunts the Higgs boson:

Nature is her ultimate inspiration, Gianotti says, and she explains how she inherited her love of it from her father, an Italian micropaleontologist. His work meant [...]

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Written By: grant on July 10, 2013 No Comment

Slate has printed his controversial plan to live up to the promise of gene science without the industrial agriculture downside:

The GMO story has become mired in the eco-wrecking narrative of industrial agriculture, and that is too bad for those who understand the real risks of climate change and discern our desperate need for [...]

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