When we started thinking about this post, Lisa noted that there’s been a lot of chatter about credit for photographers and artists in blog posts, such as the ongoing discussion about Canadian-based I Fucking Love Science and its inconsistent practice of not acknowledging sources. Not only that, but Getty recently announced that it would make its image library available for free to registered bloggers.
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy!If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Rea... continue reading
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As a foodie, one scene in Pixar’s Ratatouille particularly resonated with me: Anton Ego, the acerbic food critic, takes one bite out of the protagonist’s ratatouille and is instantly reduced to tears by a childhood memory of his mother’s cooking.
Smell, our oldest sense, is particularly powerful at unlocking our deepest memories. Scientists have long wondered why this is ... continue reading
How many calories do patients with anorexia nervosa need to eat to gain a kilo (2.2 lbs)? It seems like a simple question and one that we should have figured out a long time ago, given the importance (err, necessity) of refeeding and weight restoration in recovery from anorexia nervosa.
Unfortunately, research in this area has often led to contradictory results (see Salisbury et al... continue reading
“Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.” from The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)As Benjamin Franklin said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For squirrels, taxes are no certainty. Death, on the other hand, is. The chance encounter with the small corpse of a black squirrel was an affecting rem... continue reading
Author’s note: This article is NOT meant to question the importance of reducing our long-term reliance on fossil fuels as energy sources. Alternative energy measures, emissions regulations, and climate treaties are not only necessary but vital. This article’s purpose is to examine the very real threat of what should happen if these options fail.
It seems that the concept of climate... continue reading
While I didn’t mention neuromorphic engineering in my April 16, 2014 posting which focused on the more general aspect of nanotechnology in Transcendence, a movie starring Johnny Depp and opening on April 18, that specialty (neuromorphic engineering) is what makes the events in the movie ‘possible’ (assuming very large stretches of imagination bringing us into the realm implausibi... continue reading
Most wild animals don't ever get scurvy because they create Vitamin C inside their bodies. Humans, guinea pigs, and bats are among the few animals that can’t make their own Vitamin C.... continue reading
Institutional insularity is a problem one finds everywhere. Interestingly, very few people see it that way due in large part to self-reinforcing loopbacks. Take universities for example and more specifically, Simon Fraser University’s April 17, 2014 City Conversation (in Vancouver, Canada) featuring Dr. Arvind Gupta (as of July 2014, president of the University of British Columbia) in a pres... continue reading
There’s been a lot of discussion in the past day about a new paper published in Science. The paper is an opinion piece about an argument that’s played out many times in the past, namely: should scientists kill specimens to get them into museums and collections for future study? (Spoiler alert: yes, they should)
The authors argue, from their experience and perspectives in either vertebr... continue reading
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