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Archives for December, 2008

This week on the new Invitrogen-sponsored ScienceBlog, “What’s New in Life Science Research?” our team of experts will delve into the current issues and controversies surrounding the topic of cloning. Bloggers will address mishaps in public perception as well as the future applications of somatic nuclear cell transfer technologies and the potential benefits and risks…

The Buzz: The Body-Swap Illusion

Our awareness of our own bodies is determined by integrating information from our senses. The complexity of this interaction leads to the feeling of “owning” our unique bodies, but a new study published in PLoS ONE has shown that we can be tricked into feeling ownership of other bodies, as well. Participants in the study…

When the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Genesis and Creation Museum announced a combined admission offer November 30, protest erupted in the blogosphere. “I believe the Cincinnati Zoo has betrayed its mission and its trust in a disgraceful way by aligning themselves with a creationist institution,” said ScienceBlogger PZ Myers from Pharyngula, urging…

Life Science This is actually a plant. From Flickr, by josef.stuefer

The Buzz: Viral Video: Weird Squid

Video footage of a rare “elbowed” squid taken remotely from a Shell Oil Company drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico went viral this weekend. The squid is of the genus Magnapinna, has tentacles over 20 feet long, and is one of only a handful of its kind to have ever been observed by humans.…