Category Archives: SciAm

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

New post on the Scientific American Guest Blog! Today, my old Scibling Karen Ventii contributes: Personalizing Cancer Medicine. Read, comment, share….

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

We end the week at the Scientific American Guest Blog with another contribution by Mary Karmelek – Anecdotes from the Archive: The Key to Sorting Mail.

Enjoy, comment, share…

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog – psychology of anti-vaccers and movie reviews from Sundance

Two new exciting posts at the Scientific American Guest Blog this morning!

First, in The perception gap: An explanation for why people maintain irrational fears, his second post on the blog, David Ropeik uses research on risk perception to explain anti-vaccinationist behavior – and a commenter repeatedly demonstrates that the thesis of the post is correct 😉

Then, in her first dispatch from Sundance film festival, old friend Tamara Krinsky reviews two of the movies with a science theme – Science at Sundance, part 1: The Interrupters and Project Nim.

As always: enjoy, comment, share….

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

Today on the Scientific American Guest Blog, Mary Karmelek digs into the SA archive for another cool story and photo: Anecdotes from the Archive: A Ride Fit for a Shah. Enjoy, comment, share…

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog – Anasazi

There was a new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog this morning. Check out In search of the origins of warfare in the American Southwest by Dan Bailey. Enjoy, comment, share.

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

Two new posts today on the Scientific American Guest Blog.

First, continuing her reporting from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Laura Neuhaus wrote How to humanize technology–from the scatological to the sublime.

Then, wrapping up the week for the blog, Mary Karmelek (not knowing about my carpal tunnel troubles today) fished out this from the 156-year-old SciAm archives – Anecdotes from the Archive: Relief for writers.

As always: read, comment, share….

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

Two new posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog today.

First in the morning, Laura Neuhaus is reporting for Scientific American on the science-oriented sessions from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Here is her first dispatch: The Higgs boson particle meets Shakespeare

Then, to complete a hat-trick of posts on snake venom, I (re)wrote and posted my own piece – Me and the copperheads, or, why we still don’t know if snakes secrete melatonin at night.

Enjoy, comment, share….

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

Another busy day for me, so I am just now getting to this, announcing a hew post on the Scientific American Guest Blog from earlier today.

Biting the hand that feeds: The evolution of snake venom is the second guest post by David Manly and the second post in a row about venomous animals on the Guest Blog in as many days.

Enjoy, comment, share….

New posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

There are two new posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog.

I think you will love When animals attack: Death databases indicate that our fondest phobias may be misdirected by Rachel Nuwer.

And earlier in the morning, a new Archive post by Mary Karmelek – Anecdotes from the Archive: When zookeepers looked like doormen.

As always, enjoy, comment, share….

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

There is a new cool post on the Scientific American Guest Blog, by Rose EvelethCan you hear me now? Animals all over the world are finding interesting ways to get around the human din.

And I think I forgot, in the throes of packing and moving, to point you to last Friday’s post by Mary Karmelek – Anecdotes from the Archive: Bad news for sneak thieves, porch climbers and window workers.

As always: read, comment, share…

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

Sorry for the delay – in the middle of packing and moving to a new apartment….

There are two new posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog.

Today, Robynne Boyd continues her series of posts about making sure her house is energy-efficient. See The Low-Carbon Diet: One Family’s Effort to Shrink Carbon Consumption (Part 2: A Little Research Goes a Long Way).

And yesterday, May Benatar wrote Psychotherapy and the healing power of narrating a life.

Two new posts on SciAm Guest Blog – healthy obesity and milk

There are two new posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog today.

First up this morning was Anecdotes from the Archive: Diesel Milk by Mary Karmelek.

Then, at noon, Peter Janiszewski posted Can you be obese and healthy?

Read, comment, share!

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog – on the mores of makeup

For today’s Scientific American Guest Blog post, Christine Ottery interviewed Mark Changizi. The result is this piece: The mores of makeup. Enjoy, comment, share…

Two new posts on SciAm Guest Blog

There are two new posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog today.

First up this morning is The Lady and the Trump–without hungry puppies: The science of stray dog sterilization by Cynthia Mills.

Then, continuing with the regular series, Anecdotes from the Archive: Taking On the Monocle Problem by Mary Karmelek.

Enjoy, comment, share…

A required reading for ScienceOnline2011 participants (including virtual) on rhetoric of #arseniclife, on the SciAm Guest Blog

Today on the Scientific American Guest Blog, the new post is by Marie-Claire Shanahan. Read An arsenic-laced bad-news letter: Who is the audience for online post-publication peer review?, comment and share!

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog – Words, pictures, and the visual display of scientific information

On the Scientific American Guest Blog today, Lena Groeger provides a number of examples, some very old some brand new, of good and bad visual representation of scientific information in Words, pictures, and the visual display of scientific information: Getting back to the basics of information design. Enjoy, comment and share!

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog: Bed bugs and Invisibility Cloaks

There are two new posts today at the Scientific American Guest Blog.

First, from the June 1924 issue – Anecdotes from the Archive: Bed Bugs are vintage, and vintage is in, by Mary Karmelek.

Then, see Invisibility: After several years of research, it’s just gotten weirder by Greg Gbur, aka Dr.SkySkull.

Read, comment, share…

New post at SciAm Guest Blog – could Chessboxing prevent violence?

The Scientific American Guest Blog has a new post. And it is coincidentally and eerily relevant to the unfortunate Arizona event from Saturday.

Read Andrea Kuszewski’s post Chessboxing Is Fighting For Good Behavior, comment and share.

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

There are two new exciting posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog today.

First, The Emperor’s New Missile Defense by Lawrence Krauss.

Second, Mary Karmelek whose job is to digitize 165 years of the Scientific American archives, has started a regular feature on the blog – check out the first post: Anecdotes from the Archive: From the basement to the blog .

Enjoy, comment, share….

ScienceOnline2011 – introducing the participants

This is the last post in the series of introductions to the attendees/participants of ScienceOnline2011. A couple of last-minute waitlisters may still squeeze in over the next few days so keep checking the list, but it may help if you get them in smaller chunks, focusing on a few at a time.

Robert Krulwich is a correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk where he hosts the Radio Lab and blogs. He also tweets as @rkrulwich.

Sarah Avery is the Medical reporter and Science editor at the Raleigh News & Observer.

Jacqueline Floyd is an Associate in Research at Yale University. She blogs at Element List and tweets as @jackiefloyd.

Ashutosh Jogalekar has just arrived at UNC Chapel Hill for a Postdoc. He blogs at The Curious Wavefunction.

Billy Frey is the North American Public Relations Manager at Alltech.

David Butler is the Web Marketing Manager at Alltech and he tweets as @AlltechTweets.

Karen Ventii is the Senior Medical Writer for TRM Oncology. I interviewed Karen back in 2008.

Ryan Shalley is an Intern at NC Sea Grant and tweets as @ryanshalley.

Dipika Kohli is the Creative Director of Design Kompany and she tweets as @dipikakohli.

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

Today is a busy day at the Scientific American Guest Blog – two excellent posts!

The first one is In the wake of Wakefield: Risk-perception and vaccines by David Ropeik.

In the second, Travis Saunders asks Can sitting too much kill you?.

Enjoy, comment, share….

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog – The Ferret Hunters

There is a new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog. Today, David Manly recounts his experiences in The Ferret Hunters. Enjoy, comment, share.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog – The Top Ten Life Forms Living on Lady Gaga (And You)

Rob Dunn is in my old Department at NCSU – he got hired just as I left, so it took us a few years to finally meet in person – at the science Monti storytelling session opening last year’s ScienceOnline conference.

Today, Rob has a new article up on the Scientific American Guest Blog and you’re gonna love it! See The Top Ten Life Forms Living on Lady Gaga (And You). Enjoy, comment, share!

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog – history of the science of glaciers

Another year, another post on the Scientific American Guest Blog.

Today, David Bressan traces the history of our understanding of what glaciers are and how they form in The discovery of the ruins of ice: The birth of Glacier research. Enjoy, comment, share.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

Today saw another great post on the Scientific American Guest Blog. Today’s post by Kelly Oakes is Habitable and not-so-habitable exoplanets: how the latter can tell us more about our origins than the former. Enjoy, comment, share.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

And there is another amazing new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog.

Today, Christina Agapakis explains the science, culture and art of cheese – and synthetic biology! Go read Mixed cultures: art, science, and cheese, comment and share.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

A very cool new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog today!

David Orr wrote How to name a dinosaur which you should save to have handy in case you serendipitously discover one! Go ahead, read, comment, share.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

Another day, another post on the Scientific American Guest Blog.

Today, Kathryn Clancy is our guest with I don’t have a twenty eight day menstrual cycle, and neither should you. Enjoy, comment, share.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

I try to post a piece of bloggy goodness almost every day on the Scientific American Guest Blog.

Today, Jennifer Frazer does it again: Pimp My Virus: Ocean Edition. Enjoy, comment, share.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

There is a wonderful new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog today.

Glendon Mellow is thinking out loud about the Scientific accuracy in art. Go there, read, comment, share with your friends.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

A new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog just went up.

My neighbor here in Raleigh, Daniel Ksepka who discovered and described the giant colorful penguins several months ago, wrote Five Things You Never Knew About Penguins! Enjoy, comment, share….

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog: The worms within

There is a great new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog today.

Robin Ann Smith wrote The worms within about the possibility that having intestinal parasites has pros, not only cons. Enjoy, comment, share…

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog: trash, or energy?

After a brief intermission, the Scientific American Guest Blog is alive again.

Today we have a new post – Waste-to-Energy: a mountain of trash, or a pile of energy?, co-written by Melissa Lott and David Wogan. Enjoy, comment, share….

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

A great new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog today!

Anne-Marie Hodge (blog, old blog, twitter) was wondering how can so many large predators get to little faraway islands and, once there, what do they eat? So she wrote Carnivore crossing: How predator species dominated mammal diversity on the Kuril Islands. Go ahead, read, comment, share….

Stopping a hurricane…or not, at Scientific American Guest Blog

Another week, another series of awesome posts on the SciAm Guest Blog.

We are starting today with How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way) by Casey Rentz (Twitter). Enjoy, comment, share….

A Missing Link Found (and subsequently Lost) at the SciAm Guest Blog

Here is a treat for you at the Scientific American Guest Blog. Today’s contribution is by Brian Switek – check out Breaking Our Link to the March of Progress. Read, enjoy, comment (at the registration the system suggests that you need a confirmation e-mail – you don’t, just log in and start posting).

New SciAm guest post!

Today’s post on the Guest Blog at Scientific American is Texas “Tea” becomes the Texas “E”? by Melissa Lott – on how the structure of the current power grid affects the ability to add new sources of energy.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

After the awesome month of November, we are not going to rest on our laurels. We start December at the Scientific American Guest Blog with a great new post – Excuse me, Sir. There’s a Moss-animal in my Lake by Jennifer Frazer. Enjoy, share, comment.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

November series of blog posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog concludes with the head-scratcher by Scicurious about a drug whose ineffectiveness calls into question the very definition of depression and all the research into it: The antidepressant reboxetine: A ‘headdesk’ moment in science. Head on over, read and comment.

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog…

A brand new post on the Scientific American Guest Blog just got posted today! It is The decade the clones came: Beware the mighty Marmokrebs! by Zen Faulkes of NeuroDojo. Enjoy. Share. Comment.

New guest post on SciAm

Today at the Scientific American Guest Blog, Robynne Boyd has an Epiphany from up high. See what that is!

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

Two new posts over at Scientific American:

Power from pondscum: Algal biofuels by David Wogan

…and…

Turkey talk: The social cognition of your Thanksgiving dinner by Jason G. Goldman

Check them out….

Two new posts on SciAm Guest Blog today

Two more posts on the Scientific American Guest Blog today.

First, early this morning, I posted Mauritius kestrel: A conservation success story by Khalil A. Cassimally.

And this afternoon, just a few minutes ago, I added TSA, body scans, and risk perception by David Ropeik.

Go, read them, log in and comment.

Two divine posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

Yes, two posts on the Guest Blog today, nicely fitting together.

In the first post, Forgotten Dreams? posted last night, Lawrence Krauss wonders poetically about the beauty of understanding the natural world, and how supernatural explanations are impoverished in comparison.

In the second post, Divine intervention via a microbe posted this morning, James Byrne provides one just such example – the scientific explanation for a strange natural phenomenon is much, much more interesting, complex, weird and beautiful than the simplistic divine interpretation.

Go read them both and comment (registration is super-simple: name, e-mail, click)

Citizen Science on SciAm Guest Blog

Today, Hannah King reviews citizen science movement and projects in Don’t leave it to the experts: Why scientists have a few people to thank!. On its Facebook page, Scientific American adds:

Do you want to make a contribution to science? Citizen Science is one of our Change the Equation projects as part of the White House’s Educate to Innovate efforts to boost teaching in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We plan a plat­form on our site and apps, allowing people to participate in ongoing scientific research.

Go and post comments!

Iguanodons old and new, at SciAm Guest Blog

Check out the complete series of posts by Darren Naish on the Scientific American Guest Blog:

The Iguanodon explosion: How scientists are rescuing the name of a “classic” ornithopod dinosaur, part 1

The explosion of Iguanodon, part 2: Iguanodontians of the Hastings Group

The explosion of Iguanodon, part 3: Hypselospinus, Wadhurstia, Dakotadon, Proplanixoca …when will it all end?

More posts coming to the blog daily. If you are interested in guest-blogging, send me a story pitch at Coturnix@gmail.com or Bora@sciam.com

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

My old SciBling, Darren Naish, just published the first part of a 3-part post on the Scientific American Guest Blog – The Iguanodon explosion: How scientists are rescuing the name of a ‘classic’ ornithopod dinosaur [Part I]. Go and post comments, and check the blog again for parts II and III on Tuesday and Wednesday.

New Guest Post at SciAm

There is a new post on the SciAm Guest Blog this morning. It is by Steven Wartik, asking if computer science is a science or nor or what – I’m Not a Real Scientist, And That’s Okay. Go check it out and post comments. Share with your computer scientist friends 😉

New post on the SciAm Guest Blog

The Guest Blog is busy! Another new post today!

See Food for thought: Musings on sustenance and what makes us human by Diana Gitig. Post comments!

Two new posts on the SciAm Guest Blog

There are two new posts on the Guest Blog at Scientific American – one yesterday, one today.

In case you missed it yesterday, there is a new post by SE Gould, aka Lab Rat, titled
Synthetic biology: Building machines from DNA.

And today, Hannah Waters published her first there – Now in 3D: the shape of krill and fish schools.

Go read them and post comments!