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Why do only humans get Schizophrenia? Why not other creatures?

A really neat article from Scientific American caught my eye the other day. It noted that while certain mental illnesses could be, for lack of a better term, seen in animals, schizophrenia seems to have been a consequence of the evolution of the human brain. 163 more words


Who Has the Right to Challenge "Scientific Experts"?

Years ago I was blathering to a science-writing class at Columbia Journalism School about the complexities of covering psychiatric drugs when a student raised his hand. 671 more words

Volume Cxii

Blog post: "Don’t Just Assume You Should Know: How To Be An Excellent Mentor," October 2013

“Of course, latin-american foreigners are minorities in Pittsburgh. And that is totally fine. Yes, it can be challenging but also rewarding and awesome. I am originally from Colombia, where I did my undergrad. 66 more words

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Humidity is a good thing...At least For Singers

Scientific American in their April issue gives us insight into why  Italy, portrayed in Tempesta’s Dream, as well as other warm humid climates tend to foster opera singers. 27 more words

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Challenging Barbie’s image of beauty

Originally published in From the Square on October 28, 2014

Kalliopi Monoyios for Scientific American writes about artist Nickolay Lamm’s Barbie project, where he created a doll based on the measurements of a “real, healthy 19-year-old” and compared it side-by-side with a Barbie. 528 more words


Drinking Diet Soda Linked to a Widening Waistline with Age - Scientific American

Drinking Diet Soda Linked to a Widening Waistline with Age

People over age 65 who drink diet soda daily tend to expand their waistlines by much more than peers who prefer other beverages, possibly contributing to chronic illnesses that go along with excess belly fat… 748 more words