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April 20, 2015

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10:40 PM | We are not the same (& that is fine): Different Approaches to Animal Behavior
I’m full throttle Research mode and as I am oft to do – I think very deeply about the meaning and purpose of my tests. My ever-evolving research philosophy definitely a very whole... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 18, 2015

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9:17 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 18, 2015
In honor of Tax Day in the US, here is a piece on the IRS’s Favorite Mathematical Law: Armed with Benford’s law, “the IRS can sniff out falsified returns just by looking at the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 17, 2015

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3:19 PM | A New Tool for Conservation Genetics: Seal Placentas
It’s a sad fact that as members of a species become rarer they tend to suffer from inbreeding. This lack of genetic diversity can lead to birth defects and other problems, making a species even more... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:38 AM | Is there more to locking up than personal safety?
Do you lock the door to your home when you’re inside during the day? Or do you leave the door open if you are just running out for a minute? Some people, even in unforgiving New York City, do not.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:38 AM | Is there more to locking up than personal safety?
Do you lock the door to your home when you’re inside during the day? Or do you leave the door open if you are just running out for a minute? Some people, even in unforgiving New York City, do not.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 16, 2015

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2:41 PM | Critically Endangered Frog Claws Its Way toward Recovery
The evolutionarily unique frogs of Cameroon’s Lake Oku have no tongues, claw-tipped toes and 12 full sets of chromosomes. What the Lake Oku clawed frogs (Xenopus longipes) don’t have, however, is a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 14, 2015

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4:37 AM | Neutron Stars Serve Up Plates of Nuclear Pasta
Along with black holes, neutron stars are the result of stars collapsing under gravity once their fuel burns out, until their density is about the same as that of the nucleus of an atom, at which... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 13, 2015

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7:15 PM | New Dark Matter Map Confirms Current Theories
The American Physical Society is holding its annual April Meeting at the moment in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of the highlights, research-wise, comes to us courtesy of the Dark Energy Survey (DES)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Lambert on Love and Hate in Geometry
The history of hyperbolic geometry is filled with hyperbolic quotes, and I came across a beautiful one earlier this semester in my math history class. Johann Heinrich Lambert, a Swiss mathematician... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:32 PM | ScienceDebate Revs Up for 2016 Presidential Election
This year, I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, which brings together 60 leaders from around the country to work on... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 12, 2015

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9:26 PM | You Should Know: Irene Mathieu and Maladi Kache Pa Gen Remed
Welcome to the twenty-seventh installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. I love how this series not only... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 PM | Darwin: the Movie
It’s true, Mr. and Ms. Hollywood Producer, Nash, Hawking, Turing were great and all, and their stories brought big bucks and a few Oscars rolling your way, but come on! When it comes to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 11, 2015

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9:50 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 11, 2015
The Large Hadron Collider’s Second Run broke its own energy record for accelerating particles when it started up again this week. Here’s an inside look at how the atom smasher has been amped... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 10, 2015

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7:25 PM | Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]
As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he’s distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or “pods,” throughout... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Conservation Group Seeks Protection for Endangered Crayfish, Gets Newly Discovered Species as a Bonus
A funny thing happened on the way to the endangered species list. Five years ago the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) petitioned to protect an Appalachian crayfish species under the U.S.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:28 PM | Discover the Puerto Rico Trench with America’s Ocean Exploration Team
Every two years people around the world suddenly obsessively watch odd niche sports like ice dancing, biathalon, and rhythmic gymnastics. So I wish similar enthusiasm could be summoned for the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 09, 2015

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10:35 PM | Photo Tip: Help The World See Your Hairy Fly By Using A Black Background
Compare and contrast. Zooming in for greater detail: The same fly, the same pose, the same camera settings. All I changed was the background, and the difference in the animal’s appearance... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:06 PM | Science Board Games, SciArt in the Crowd Edition
I love playing board games, and my favorites are ones that involve science in some way. I’m always on the lookout for crowdfunding campaigns for science board games, as it’s a great... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 07, 2015

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3:38 PM | Amazing Discovery: Nearly Extinct Bird Found Breeding in Japan
Higashijima Island doesn’t look like much from the sky. This tiny, uninhabited scrap of land 1,000 kilometers south of the coast of Japan is only a few hectares in size. The eastern half of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 04, 2015

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9:22 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 4, 2015
First up: a spot of science-y April Foolery: Physicists Warming Up the LHC Accidentally Create a Rainbow Universe. Related:  CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force (the photos alone are... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:00 AM | PSA: Bluffs Aren’t Bluffing – Use Caution!
Bluffs are inherently unstable landforms. They’re gone in a geologic eyeblink, which means they can be dangerous. No matter how solid and stable that big, beautiful bluff looks, be cautious... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 03, 2015

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2:35 PM | Tube Worm Thoughts
On the heels of science art about how “we all eat the sun,” I was thinking about the few exceptions to that rule. As my high school biology teacher would often say, “Always and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Is Chocolate Driving Monkeys into Extinction?
Ten years ago the forests of Ivory Coast were full of the hoots and howls of more than a dozen primate species. No more. Today the west African nation is much quieter. The forests are mostly gone and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 02, 2015

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6:10 AM | Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?
Where is here exactly? Here is a tired, eye-roll inducing pseudo-holiday that we endure with a grimace every year. Hopefully you have room for one more article about April Fools’ Day. Maybe you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:10 AM | Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?
Where is here exactly? Here is a tired, eye-roll inducing pseudo-holiday that we endure with a grimace every year. Hopefully you have room for one more article about April Fools’ Day. Maybe you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 01, 2015

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8:07 PM | New Beginnings, Old Themes and False Starts
About a month ago, We started something new. Kalliopi Monoyios, 1/3 of the Symbiartic posse pushed Katie McKissick and myself to start working on themed creations made especially for our blog. The... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:36 PM | John Conway Reminiscences about Dr. Matrix and Bourbaki
Last week, life took me through Princeton, and I seized the opportunity to drop in to see resident English mathematician John Horton Conway. He was in particularly good form despite health issues... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:13 AM | Famous Fools for Fool’s Gold
So what would you do if I said, “Look! I got you some gold!” and handed you a chunk of this? Well, you would look at those lovely well-developed crystal faces, for one. You would maybe... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 31, 2015

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5:10 PM | SciArt in the Crowd
Welcome to a new feature here on Symbiartic! SciArt in the Crowd will share some of the most interesting crowdfunding projects by a variety of artists engaged in SciArt. Help them create and expand... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 PM | The Cantor Function: Angel or Devil?
When you’re looking at it, it just stays there, constant and still. But if you turn your back for just an instant at a point in the Cantor set, the function grows impossibly quickly. It’s not... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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