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April 17, 2014

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12:17 PM | Vitruvian Geology – Leonardo da Vinci and the Realistic Depiction of the Earth’s Surface
In the Renaissance (1450-1600) architecture and pictorial arts, but also scientific disciplines like astronomy, physics and medicine, experienced a rebirth and important improvements – but what... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 16, 2014

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3:52 PM | A Month of Math, Magic and Mystery
Haven’t got the Math Awareness Month bug yet? Here are three teasers to get you started: 1. What read the same right side up and upside down, and combine mathematics, art, and language? Ambigrams, of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:45 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat having a treat
This is a video recording of me introducing a new snack to the African Giant Pouched Rats (Cricetomys ansorgei) – fresh pumpkin seeds. This fellow really seems to like it. I’m super... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:25 PM | Pub-Style Science: exclusion, inclusion, and methodological disputes.
This is the second part of my transcript of the Pub-Style Science discussion about how (if at all) philosophy can (or should) inform scientific knowledge-building, wherein we discuss methodological... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 15, 2014

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8:53 PM | Pub-Style Science: philosophy, hypotheses, and the scientific method.
Last week I was honored to participate in a Pub-Style Science discussion about how (if at all) philosophy can (or should) inform scientific knowledge-building. Some technical glitches... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:10 PM | Bat-Killing Fungus Now Found in 25 U.S. States
The news for bats in the U.S. keeps getting worse. Last week conservation officials announced that the bat-killing white-nose syndrome (WNS) has been found in Michigan and Wisconsin. The disease,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:31 AM | Four New Species of Deep-Sea Killer Sponge Discovered
Four new species of carnivorous sea sponge have been discovered in a place where ridiculous adaptations for sourcing food seem about as widespread as horrific ways to die – the deep sea. Following... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:54 AM | “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” is 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner!
I am always thrilled when a science themed book wins the General Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize. Some of my favorites from previous years include the following: 2011 Siddhartha Mukherjee “The... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 14, 2014

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1:07 PM | Copernicus in Cleveland
What is our cosmic significance? Does it even make sense to ask a question like that? If you happen to find yourself in Cleveland, Ohio this coming Thursday evening, and stop by the Cleveland Museum... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:40 PM | Meet the Ten Most Endangered and Distinctive Birds in the World
The world’s 100 most endangered and unique birds have been ranked in a newly published study, and the list includes a corpse-eater with legendary skills of decapitation, a shameless... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 13, 2014

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6:45 PM | You Should Know: Dr Caleph Wilson and 1st Generation STEM
The hashtag #ScholarSunday is very much like #FollowFriday or #FF for short. Dr. Raul Pacheco (@RaulPacheco and raulpacheco.org). He created it as a vehicle for academics to engage with each other... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:22 PM | A Concise History of Geological Maps: The Harmony of Colors
The first maps used symbols to characterize single outcrops; later maps introduced shaded areas to display the distribution of specific rock-types, but due the high printing-costs these maps were... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:22 PM | A Concise History of Geological Maps: The Harmony of Colors
The first maps used symbols to characterize single outcrops; later maps introduced shaded areas to display the distribution of specific rock-types, but due the high printing-costs these maps were printed only in black & white, making them hard to read. Maybe the first colored map was hand drawn by the German mineworker and later mine [...]
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5:26 AM | Green Thumbery: The Seedlings are Coming!
Okay, it’s not Friday, but I owe you guys a Green Thumbery post. Plus I spent part of yesterday turning over the soil in the two beds I’ll be planting this spring, and I’m eager to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:26 AM | Green Thumbery: The Seedlings are Coming!
Okay, it’s not Friday, but I owe you guys a Green Thumbery post. Plus I spent part of yesterday turning over the soil in the two beds I’ll be planting this spring, and I’m eager to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 12, 2014

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2:00 PM | Weekend Species Snapshot: Spix’s Macaw
You or your kids may have seen the fabulous blue macaw in the movie “Rio” or the just-released “Rio 2.” Unfortunately, more people have seen these movies than will ever see... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:19 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 12, 2014
There were several physics news items this week, coming on the heels of the APS April Meeting in Savannah Georgia. Like a BOSS: Astronomers make the most precise measurement yet of the expanding... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 11, 2014

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5:18 PM | Google Doodle Honors Chemist Dr. Percy Julian
April 11, 2014 would have been Dr. Julian Percy’s 115th Birthday and it was a beautiful site to behold – seeing today’s Google Doodle honoring the man and his science. Dr. Julian’s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:30 PM | Measure Yourself by the Standard of the Capybara
We all know a lot of measurements about ourselves. You are some number of feet or meters tall. You weigh some number of pounds, kilograms, or stone. Your BMI is some number of kilograms per square... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 10, 2014

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10:24 PM | Stag Parties: Awareness and Elegant Solutions
Kiddo spills her milk. We lock eyes, and she dissolves in a puddle of sadness, crying about how it’s all her fault and she feels SO BAD. “Kiddo, honey, it’s really okay. Let’s get a towel and wipe it... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:00 PM | A Concise History of Geological Maps: Mapping Noah’s Flood
Sometimes a geological map supports an intriguing idea not by showing the rocks that are there, but by showing the rocks that aren’t there anymore, eroded by a flood of biblical proportions.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:00 PM | A Concise History of Geological Maps: Mapping Noah’s Flood
Sometimes a geological map supports an intriguing idea not by showing the rocks that are there, but by showing the rocks that aren’t there anymore, eroded by a flood of biblical proportions. “No one with an eye for land forms can cross eastern Washington in daylight without encountering and being impressed by the “scabland.” Like [...]
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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:39 PM | Go Big Red!! I’m at Cornell and I want to meet you at Yuri’s Night
I mostly dropped some hints on Twitter and Facebook, but now I am officially announcing it: Trumpet blares: I have transferred to Cornell University. I’m doing the same work, continuing my post... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:43 PM | Facebook Frustration
I wasn’t an early adopter of Facebook. I couldn’t possibly have been less interested, but a friend asked that I join so we could keep in touch, so I obliged. Seven years later, I’m one of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:09 PM | Killifishes Killed Off: 2 Fish Species May Be Extinct in the Wild
Is it time to add two more species to the list of recent extinctions? New research indicates that two critically endangered fish species may now be extinct in the wild following the destruction of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 09, 2014

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11:28 PM | Best of March, 2014
March was a busy month! Here’s everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal: Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:28 PM | Best of March, 2014
March was a busy month! Here’s everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal: Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:08 PM | Sloth Squeak!
Lucy Cooke, the mastermind behind Slothville, a recognized National Geographic Explorer and award winning videographer and TV producer, has a new book, The Power of Sloth, coming out in the UK today.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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