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Extreme Biology

A New Way To Share How You Feel

Olfactory.paint.obl.lo
12 months ago

Abstract Expressionism is now over half a century old, and in all those years nobody has bothered to improve upon the antiquated techniques of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. If you want to express your emotions, the expectation is that you spill or spread colorful pigments onto a swathe of canvas ...

Extreme Biology

Today's Big Idea: Medical Ecology

Big
12 months ago

The study of the human microbiome is a fast emerging field of scientific endeavor, driven by the idea that we need to rethink our relationship to the 100 trillion microbes that reside in the human body. While we have been blasting these bacteria with antibiotics for many years, closer investigation ...

Earth and Beyond

Flowing Water on Mars

Sn-rover
12 months ago

This past September, the Mars Curiosity Rover found evidence of flowing water on the Red Planet, its most significant scientific discovery. Water is found in the form of ice on the planet's polar ice caps and water vapor is also present in the atmosphere. No bodies of water exist. But they used to ...

Going Mental

How to Build Your Modesty Bootstraps

Ego2
12 months ago

One of the traits that hampers executives and leaders in many realms is over-confidence.  And so 95 percent of college professors think they have above-average teaching skills.  And Time magazine asked Americans, are you in the top one percent of earners?  And 19 percent of Americans believe they ...