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Dogs know a left-sided wag from a right
You might think a wagging tail is a wagging tail, but for dogs there is more to it than that. Dogs recognize and respond differently when their fellow canines wag to the right than they do when they wag to the left. The findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Oct. 31 show that dogs, like humans, have asymmetrically organized brains, with the left and right sides playing different roles.
Scientists shine light on world's least-studied bat
The Mortlock Islands flying fox, a large, breadfruit-eating bat native to a few remote and tiny Pacific islands, has long been regarded as one of the world's least studied bats. Today, in a paper in the open-access journal ZooKeys, researchers published a wealth of new information on this "forgotten" species, including the first detailed observations of wild populations.
The Chemistry of Fear: A new video from the American Chemical Society
With Halloween just a few days away, millions are flocking to horror films and haunted houses for their annual dose of terror. The latest video from the American Chemical Society's Bytesize Science series uncovers the chemistry behind the spine-tingling sense of fear. The episode is available now at www.BytesizeScience.com.
The math says Red Sox have a big edge in the World Series, according to NJIT professor
Now that the World Series is about to begin, NJIT math professor Bruce Bukiet has announced the probability of each of the contenders winning the best 4 out of 7 game contest. "The Boston Red Sox have a nearly 70 percent chance of winning the series", says Bukiet. But he gives the caveat that the St. Louis Cardinals have defeated both the competition and his mathematical model in each of their previous series.
Contact: Tanya Klein
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Name that tune
The same algorithm used to find tunes in music retrieval systems has been successfully applied in identifying the signature whistles of dolphins, affording a new time-saving device for research into the world of dolphin communication.
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
Contact: Catherine Crawley
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
High school student discovers skeleton of baby dinosaur
A chance find by a high school student led to the youngest, smallest and most complete fossil skeleton yet known from the iconic tube-crested dinosaur Parasaurolophus. The discovery, announced today by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at the Webb Schools, shows that the prehistoric plant-eater sprouted its strange headgear before it celebrated its first birthday. Three-dimensional scans of nearly the entire fossil are available online, making this the most digitally accessible dinosaur to date.
High school teams receive Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant for invention projects
There is an opportunity to strengthen tomorrow's economic leaders through harnessing the powerful imaginations of today's youth.
Journal of Experimental Biology
For celebrated frog hops, scientists look to Calaveras pros
The Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee has entered the scientific record via a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Experienced bullfrog "jockeys" at the event routinely get their frogs to jump much farther than researchers had ever measured in the lab. How? Decades of refined technique, uncommonly motivated humans and herps, and good old-fashioned large sample size.
National Science Foundation, Brown University
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
UW scientist sniffs out possible new tick species
In June 2012, Tony Goldberg returned from one of his frequent trips to Kibale National Park, an almost 500-square-mile forest in western Uganda where he studies how infectious diseases spread and evolve in the wild. But he didn't return alone.
New American Chemical Society video on the world's most sensitive explosive detector to date
A new American Chemical Society video focuses on the world's most sensitive explosive detector to date. Known as FIDO, the handheld detector has been used to detect roadside bombs in Iraq, as well as in homeland security operations and airport security. The video, the latest episode in ACS' Prized Science series, is available at www.acs.org/PrizedScience and on DVD.
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