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Science Affliction #6

Posted by on Jul 1, 2011 | Comments Off on Science Affliction #6

Time for your weekly romp around the internet for tasty science tidbits! 1) ScienceDaily.com has a fascinating article on a study regarding the possibility that social pressure creates false memories. The most outstanding feature of the false memories was a strong co-activation and connectivity between two brain areas: the hippocampus and the amygdala. The hippocampus is known to play a role in long-term memory formation, while the amygdala, sometimes known as the emotion center of the brain, plays a role in social interaction. The scientists think that the amygdala may act as a gateway...

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Science Affliction #5

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 | 3 comments

I’m running all sorts of behind this week and I apologize. Without further delay, here is this week’s selection of science links: 1) A thought-provoking post at io9.com about why you shouldn’t lie to kids. I tried to convince a friend at work a few weeks ago that lying to your children about Santa is shoddy parenting, but she just couldn’t understand my point. Seriously folks, the myth of Santa is quite damaging if you deconstruct it. You’re teaching kids that presents that you bought were actually delivered by some mythical figure who keeps tally of what you...

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Science Affliction #4

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 | 1 comment

Here are your science tidbits from around the world: 1) ScienceDaily.com has an article today about noninvasive brain implants being tested by a company called Biobolt. It’s still a long way out, but the ultimate goal is to restore movement to paralyzed individuals. 2) Researchers are mapping what happens in the brain during unconsciousness according to an article at LiveScience.com. Our brain can do so many amazing things. I wanted to study neuroscience at one point, but I decided that I couldn’t handle a lot of what they do for experiments. Cutting into brains of various...

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Science Affliction #3

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 | 7 comments

In Science Affliction this week I’m going to talk about a disturbing issue that was linked in my feed yesterday before we get into the science links. Gender Selection. I’m going to discuss it here instead of turning it into a rant because I think, as terrible as it is, it is also great story fodder–especially for dystopian or post-apocalyptic stories. I listened to the radio show, and I’ll give the quick highlights. In Asian countries, most notably China and India, women are selectively aborting female fetuses. What this has done so far is tilt the naturally occurring...

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Science Affliction #2

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 | 2 comments

Here are your science tidbits for the week: 1) We’ve all read about the zombie ants, now there are mummy beetles too! A blog post by Ed Yong about some cool Aussie bees and how they defend their hive against intruding beetles. 2) Here’s a ScienceDaily post about a new material designed to mimic human skin. They hope to use this tech for much more than just medical purposes, suggesting it could be used for ships and spacecraft. 3) An article about inter-species nookie between mammoths and elephants on LiveScience. (Am I the only one who lives for the day that they Jurassic Park up...

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Science Affliction #1

Posted by on May 26, 2011 | 2 comments

While I browsed through my Google Reader feed this morning, an idea occurred to me. I’m a big science fiction fan, and though I haven’t written much in the genre yet, I know I will. I’m always on the lookout for cool science tidbits that would make good story fodder. Every week I’ll pluck out a few of the best and put them up here for your (and my) brainstorming pleasure. I’m going to shoot for Fridays with this, but this week I’m putting it up a little early because I’m hoping to dedicate tomorrow to writing since I have the day off. This...

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