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December 18, 2014

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2:08 PM | 7 Surprising Things Penguins of Madagascar Gets Right About Octopuses—And 4 It Gets Wrong
It’s not very often that a movie comes out that features an octopus as one of the main (speaking) characters. (And they only occasionally become the star of a video game.) So if you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:30 PM | Just in Time for Christmas! All the Gargantuan Guides in One Place!
Do you still have gifts to buy? Don’t want to leave the comfort of your home or office? Are you dreading the very thought of stepping into a store? Want to give the gift of knowledge and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:26 AM | Here’s how pearlfish call to each other from inside the bodies of other living animals
A new study has revealed how marine pearlfish communicate with each other from the confines of their very safe and comfy homes inside oysters – they use the internal structure of the shell to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 17, 2014

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7:41 PM | Wordless Wednesday: 2015 TED Fellows named
I am over the moon excited to be included among the 2015 class of TED Fellows. The genius represented by this list blows my mind. I’m trying not to let nervousness and anxiety keep me from... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:23 PM | I Am a Tired Koala
Finishing up 2014 is really exhausting me. Running holiday errands all over the place. The sun sets annoying early (for us northern hemispherians). It’s just no good, but I channeled my fatigue... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:30 AM | Celebrating the Silly and the Sublime: the Best Physics Papers of 2014
It’s tradition for various science media outlets to publish their lists of biggest scientific breakthroughs of the year right about now. And no doubt those breakthroughs deserve the attention... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 16, 2014

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11:16 PM | Best Physics Videos of 2014
It’s that time of year, when we all look back over 2014 and reflect on all the cool science stuff that happened. Today, Jen-Luc Piquant has compiled her Top 20 physics-themed videos of 2014... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:50 PM | Another Northern White Rhino Dies, Only 5 Remain
And then there were five. The death by old age this past weekend of Angalifu, a 44-year-old northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) that lived at San Diego Zoo, reduces the world... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:31 AM | A Short Georney with Doctor Evelyn, Complete With Geology-Themed Christmas Gift Ideas!
A few weeks ago, I put together a cornucopia of geoscience blogging for ye, but I saved Doctor Evelyn for her own post. She’s one of the first geologists I got to break rocks with, and the only... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 15, 2014

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7:08 PM | And the Beat Goes On…
The Scientific American blogs network is undergoing a restructuring, which means that Science with Moxie will be coming to a close here. I’ve really enjoyed writing about neuroscience, music,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:08 PM | And the Beat Goes On…
The Scientific American blogs network is undergoing a restructuring, which means that Science with Moxie will be coming to a close here. I’ve really enjoyed writing about neuroscience, music,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:59 PM | I’m so glad we’ve had this time together.
Today the editors of the Scientific American Blog Network are announcing a new vision for the network, one with increased editorial oversight and more editorial curation of the subjects covered by... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:50 PM | Extinction (or lateral transfer?)
This has been coming for a while, but I needed a push to make it official. I’m not much of a blogger anymore (four posts a year doesn’t quite cut it), so it’s only fair that I wrap... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:28 PM | All Good Things must End…
Eventually everybody has to face change and his personal Chicxulub and so will the History of Geology blog end as part of the Scientific American Network. I’m very grateful to the Scientific American Staff and the many bloggers in the network for the support, opportunities and especially the fun offered in these past three years. [...]
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5:28 PM | All Good Things must End…
Eventually everybody has to face change and his personal Chicxulub and so will the History of Geology blog end as part of the Scientific American Network. I’m very grateful to the Scientific... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:39 PM | So Long, Culturing Science
This is my last post on Culturing Science. I’m leaving the network as Scientific American is taking it in a new direction. Thank you for reading my writing on ecology, conservation and whatever... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:15 PM | Goodbye
I’m leaving the Scientific American network, which is being “reshaped.” I’ll be returning to my original solo blog, which I left nearly five years ago, continuing to edit... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:33 PM | Reflections on My @SciAmBlogs Tenure
After three and a half years or so as a part of the SciAm blogging network, this my last post as a dedicated blog at Scientific American. There will be an announcement from SciAm about the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 PM | A New Vision For Scientific American’s Blog Network
Blogs have been part of the media ecosystem for more than a decade now, but news outlets are still wrestling with how to best incorporate them into their operations. Dave Winer, one of the medium’s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:27 AM | The Greatest Science Music Video Parodies Continue
Tim Blais of A Capella Science has come up with a few great new science music video parodies. First, a chemistry-themed version of Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Base’, and second... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 14, 2014

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5:51 AM | Science and Music Link Roundup!
I’ve decided to post some of the science stories on science and music that I’ve found especially compelling from the past few months. It’s good to see that other people are writing... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:51 AM | Science and Music Link Roundup!
I’ve decided to post some of the science stories on science and music that I’ve found especially compelling from the past few months. It’s good to see that other people are writing... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:13 AM | Erin Gee blends emotions, science, music, and robotic pianos
Musicians use the movements of their bodies to make music that expresses their innermost thoughts and emotions. But it’s not everyday that music is created from human emotions without humans... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:13 AM | Erin Gee blends emotions, science, music, and robotic pianos
Musicians use the movements of their bodies to make music that expresses their innermost thoughts and emotions. But it’s not everyday that music is created from human emotions without humans... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 13, 2014

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7:54 PM | Pennywise and pound-foolish: misidentified cells and competitive pressures in scientific knowledge-building.
The overarching project of science is building reliable knowledge about the world, but the way this knowledge-building happens in our world is in the context of competition. For example, scientists... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:06 AM | Physics Week in Review: December 13, 2014
If you missed this week’s Virtually Speaking Science, the theme was This Is Your Brain on Movies. I chatted with cognitive neuroscientist Jeffrey Zachs, author of  a fantastic new book —... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 12, 2014

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4:00 PM | Butt-Breathing Turtle Now Critically Endangered
Few reptiles can breathe underwater. Australia is home to one of the exceptions, the white-throated snapping turtle (Elseya albagula), which can extract oxygen from water through its backside via a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:36 AM | Women in Science Illustrations
One of the many reasons I love tumblr is that I find amazing artists like Rachel Ignotofsky. She’s a graphic designer and illustrator currently working at Hallmark Greetings by day and as a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:31 AM | My Favorite 2014 Posts at SciAm
It’s that time of year for reflection. I sat down the other day and gave some thought to some of my favorite posts from 2014. I’m amazed at the number of interviews I conducted and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 11, 2014

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9:10 PM | The Art and Science of Peppermint
I love the latest video from the folks at USC Dornsife, all about the art and science of peppermint. In addition to being a fun, fast paced and visually pleasing film, this work gives us a lot of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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