25 February 2011

Science online, domesticated bliss edition

Yeah, I'd domesticate these guys before wolves. Photo by law_kevin.
Let's just take my passive-aggressive hint to like Denim and Tweed on Facebook as read this week, shall we?
  • Science blogging gets interdisciplinary. Scicurious and Kate Clancey evaluate the neurology and endocrinology behind a study of pre-menustrual dysphoric disorder.
  • Belyaev's domesticated foxes are back, with minks and rats. The "domestication syndrome" of animals selected to live with people may have the same genetic origins in many mammal species.
  • They are mighty cuddly. A new archaeological find suggests that there was at least one pet fox in a Pleistocene human settlement.
  • Only one possible name for that illusion. With the right visual cues and some careful tactile stimulus, it's possible to convince people they have a third hand.
  • Fresh country air has lots of germs. Children raised in the diverse bacterial communities found on farms are less likely to develop asthma.
  • It's a tricky bugger. Curing HIV isn't going to be easy, but there are some new lines of attack that look promising.
  • In case you missed it. I wrote a guest post for Scientific American!

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