Scientia Pro Publica

Scientia Pro Publica is a rotating compilation of the best blog writing targeted to the public about science, medicine, the environment and technology intended to build and encourage a thriving virtual community of science communicators.
The authors of Biofortified are honored to be this month’s host. The entries span a wide range of scientific topics that defies summarization. You’ll just have to see for yourself. In no particular order, I present to you this month’s Scientia Pro Publica.

Dirk Hanson presents Anandamide Hits the “Hedonic Hot Spot” at Addiction Inbox. This explanation of why marijuana causes the munchies includes discussion of the search for drugs to decrease appetite.
Captain Skellett presents Thought controlled computers? Recent research says yes. at A Schooner of Science. Here, the cutting edge of computing meets neuroscience.
DNLee presents Heritability ? what you get from your folks at SouthernPlayalisticEvolutionMusic. Defining heritabilty and contrasting it with inheritance, all explained via rap music – in this case Juvenile’s Mama Got Ass (She Get it From Her Mama).
Alexander Peter presents Foam Roller Stretches to Reduce the Risk of Iliotibial Band Syndrome at This article provides some tips on how to prevent the risk of developing Iliotibial Band Syndrome by using a foam roller to relieve the stress from the IT band.
Michael Parsons presents 10 Psychological Reasons Why Most Diets Fail at Masters In Psychology. Diets can be tough to keep up with, but maybe the problem isn’t you. There are many psychological reasons why most diets fail.
Olivia V. Ambrogio presents Where the Wild Things Were at Beasts in a Populous City. Celebrating wondrous animals and remembering how our desire for all sorts of things affect their habitats.
SE Gould presents Waking sleeping bacteria at Lab Rat. Some bacteria go into a dormant state when resources are scarce. When they exit dormancy, they tell their fellow bacteria that conditions are good.
Andy Extance presents Extracting urine in the name of climate research at Simple Climate. Layers of animal dung may hold important data relevant to climate change.
Jennifer Lynch presents 20 Best Blogs for Primatology Students at Top Online Colleges. The blogs rounded up here are among the best in the field, especially for students looking to get a better understanding of all primatology has to offer. Bonus: monkey pictures.
Sharon Neufeldt presents Just Enough to be Dangerous at I Can Has Science?. A super clear, very brief introduction to chemistry, from atoms to organic chemistry.
Ben Harack presents How can we create power from nuclear fusion? at Vision Of Earth. How nuclear fusion works and its feasibility for future power generation.
Thonoir presents Endangered Species 2010: Reptiles at Ninjameys. The ongoing Endangered Species 2010 series continues with a look at the reptiles.
Romeo Vitelli presents The Great Coca Cola Trial (Part 1) and The Great Coca Cola Trial (Part 2) at Providentia. A look back at the somewhat lurid history of the world’s favorite soda.
Finally, Karl Haro von Mogel of Biofortified announces GENERA: the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas. GENERA is intended to be an atlas of research related to the risks of genetic engineering. We’re in need of volunteers to help summarize peer-reviewed articles and add them to the database. I hope you’ll consider joining the team.
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  1. Fantastic post today. Lots of great stuff to read. Many thanks for compiling them here. I noticed when I was clicking on the links that the author of “icanhasscience” is actually Sharon Neufeldt though. Not Gwyn Richards. Probably just mixed up a copy-paste along the line there. Thanks again for the the hard work.

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