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New form of cell division found (Dec. 17, 2012)

Monday, December 17, 2012
Category: Science


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center have discovered a new form of cell division in human cells. They believe it serves as a natural back-up mechanism during faulty cell division, preventing some cells from going down a path that can lead to cancer.

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How an all-star team put an end to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Ars Technica

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Category: Science


The only thing worse than oil spewing out of a hole 5,000 feet underwater would be oil spewing out of lots of holes 5,000 feet underwater—especially given that those extra holes wouldn’t be tidy pipes with only one outlet.

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Democracy in honeybees and other animals: What humans can learn from social species. - Slate Magazine

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Friday, November 30, 2012
Category: Science


When a second queen emerges, she faces off against the first in what is called in D.C. a debate. Honeybee biologists call it a duel. It is a fight in which the winner of the duel faces subsequent duels, with the ultimate winner taking over the hive.

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Why Listening Is So Much More Than Hearing -

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Category: Science


Hearing is a vastly underrated sense. We tend to think of the world as a place that we see, interacting with things and people based on how they look. Studies have shown that conscious thought takes place at about the same rate as visual recognition, requiring a significant fraction of a second per event.

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Beginnings of Bionic Science News

Monday, November 12, 2012
Category: Science


Today, researchers are buzzing along building bits of electronics that can be integrated into the body. Someday soon, they may cobble the pieces together and get them to converse in a truly bionic being.

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Deeper into forensic bias « Mind Hacks

Friday, November 9, 2012
Category: Science


Which area of forensic science do you think is currently most susceptible to cognitive bias? It will be the forensic science areas in which, as I like to say, the human examiner is the main instrument of analysis.

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Brains Plus Brawn Conversation Edge

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Category: Science


Why did brains get so big? There are a number of obvious reasons. One of them, of course, is for culture and for cooperation and language and various other means by which we can interact with each other, and certainly those are enormous advantages.

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Brainless creature solves problems with memories of slime

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Category: Science


Every time we walk through a field or forest, we imprint a memory onto the land by trampling the vegetation beneath our feet. These trails can be strengthened by the erosive feet of later walkers, or diminished by re-growing plants.

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War between the sexes TLS

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Category: Science


Sex on six legs, or eight, can be a decidedly sordid affair. As Darwin himself observed, one should not look for moral uplift in nature. For the economist and Darwinist Paul Seabright, insect sex nonetheless neatly illustrates the dialectical nature of sexual evolution.

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