Fanworms, “Nature's Eye Factories”, Stick Them Pretty Much Anywhere

Fanworms do, in fact, have eyes in the usual location: their heads. But since the worms have now reside in lovely, cozy mucus tubes with only a crown of colorful tentacles protruding, that means they’re also not in a position to actually see anything. And that is a problem. The tentacular crown, composed of structures called radioles, is crucial More...

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Consensual Hugs Seem To Reduce Stress

People who had a conflict in a given day but also got hugged were not as affected by the negative interaction as were their unhugged counterparts.   Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: More...

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Do You Have a Healthy Personality?

"Healthy personality is a way for a person to act, guided by intelligence and respect for life, so that personal needs are satisfied and so that the person will grow in awareness, competence, and the capacity More...

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Putting Yourself on a Map

With all the travel blogs and wanderlust-fueled social media feeds out there, maps can often seem all about zooming out. Like the cross-stitched map my grandparents used to have on their camper door, filling More...

By SLPundit On Saturday, November 17th, 2018
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World's Largest Organism Faces Bleak Future

The single organism that is the Utah aspen grove known as Pando is on the decline due to herbivores wiping out its youngest tree outgrowths. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

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When Beer Becomes the Burden

If you spend ten minutes with geologists, you’ll notice most of them absolutely love two things: rocks and beer. Sometimes in that order. For most of us, alcohol never becomes a problem. We can sit back More...

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The Lost World of Prehistoric Parasites

It’s something of a scicomm trope to say we’re looking at the past through the “lens of Deep Time.” It’s one I try to avoid, much like the dreaded “shedding light” on More...

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Genetics Start-Up Wants to Sequence People's Genomes for Free

The quality of gene sequencing has improved so much and its price has fallen so far that a start-up now says it can offer the service for free. Nebula Genomics aims to sequence a customer’s entire genome, More...

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Pesticide exposure can dramatically impact bees’ social behavior

Each of the system’s 12 units, Crall said, houses a single colony where bees have access to two chambers — one to mimic the nest and the other to act as a foraging space. “That lets us do multiple, More...

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Tiny teeth tell the story of two fish species’ rapid evolution

Much like climate scientists have turned to ice cores for a historical record of the climate, Sibert and other paleontologists turn to sediment cores to understand the creatures that called the ocean home millions More...