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Archives for March, 2010

Either we set our oven temperature too high or the competition is heating up here in the 2010 Pi Day Pie Bake-Off. Yesterday we posted Annie Wang’s Archi-meaty pie, Leigh’s Rabbiteye Blueberry Pie, and Stephanie’s “Grown-Up” S’mores Pie with Guinness, and ScienceBloggers James Hrynyshyn and Pamela Ronald posted their own Strawbarb and Swiss chard-Gruyere pies,…

The first entries in the ScienceBlogs/Serious Eats 2010 Pi Day Pie Bake-Off are starting to roll in, and it already looks like its going to be difficult to choose come voting day. We probably shouldn’t be writing this post at lunchtime, but here we go anyway with the first three pies: First, from Annie Wang…

Mmm…Pi

Time to preheat your ovens…the second annual Pi Day Pie Bakeoff wants your best creations to celebrate March 14. This year food mecca Serious Eats is our co-sponsor, meaning the prizes have gotten bigger and badder. The Grand Prize winner will receive $314 in warm, flaky cash—irrational change not included. You can also win a…

The Bright Side of the Blues

On The Frontal Cortex, Jonah Lehrer explores the cognitive consequences of depression and happiness, explaining that the way we feel has a huge impact on the way we think. First, Jonah shares an article he wrote for the New York Times Magazine, in which he says the blues can be “a clarifying force, focusing the…

All About Antibodies

ERV familiarizes us with the different “layers” of the immune system, including intrinsic, innate, and adaptive immunity. The last layer makes specific antibodies to recognize pathogens, but in the case of HIV, capable antibodies aren’t enough to stave off the progression of disease. ERV writes, “HIV-1 evolves to escape these antibodies…and your body can’t catch…

2nd Annual Pi Day Pie Bakeoff!

March 14 is fast approaching…3/14/10. Personally, I can’t wait till 3/14/15, just so we can get a couple more digits in the mix. That will be the Pi Day of the century. In the meantime, ScienceBlog Overlord Erin Johnson has thrown down the potholder, challenging all our bloggers to concoct the most delicious-sounding and radiant…

Dinner With a Dinosaur X

You are cordially invited to Dinner With a Dinosaur X—that’s a Roman numeral, not a mysterious appellation. The event happens March 12, 2010, in the Great Hall at Chicago’s Union Station, located at 210 South Canal Street, 60606. Yes, there will be a dinosaur, and no, it will not be alive. Other relics include Honorary…

Fighting Change with Change

If we are to skirt the disasters of pollution, ocean acidification, and climate change, we must change our ways of life. But as Matthew C. Nisbet reports on Framing Science, young people may be less engaged than older generations when it comes to global warming. Citing survey numbers that show young people trust information from…

Imagining the Future

On Universe, Claire L. Evans interviews sci-fi world-builder Ursula K. Le Guin. Their conversation centers on the Google Books Settlement, which seeks to “circumvent existing U.S. copyright law.” While Le Guin hopes her books will become more accessible in the future, she says “the vast and currently chaotic electronic expansion of publishing should not be…

Belief and the Brain

You don’t have to be brain-damaged to feel the presence of God, but it just might help. On Neurophilosophy, Mo analyzes a recent study into feelings of “self-transcendence” among individuals afflicted with brain lesions. Those with tumors in the posterior regions of the brain were more likely to identify as religious, and feelings of “creative…