Category: Weekend links

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Weekend Links: Why Octopuses Are So Smart, 3-D Brain Art and More

Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? Carl Zimmer writing for The New York Times To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside. Later the animal stacks the shells together like […]

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Weekend Links: the Unicorns That Used to Live Alongside Humans, Why Stepping on Legos is So Painful and More

When You’re Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable Christina Karns writing for The Conversation Psychology researchers recognize that taking time to be thankful has benefits for well-being. Not only does gratitude go along with more optimism, less anxiety and depression, and greater goal attainment, but it’s also associated with fewer symptoms of illness and other physical benefits. Thanks […]

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Weekend Links: A Dinosaur More Closely Related to Humans, Cannibalistic Galaxies and More

Your ‘Fat-Toothed’ Relative May Not Make It for Thanksgiving. He Vanished from Earth 300 Million Years Ago. Laura Geggel writing for Live Science Although it may look like a dinosaur, a newly identified sail-backed reptile that lived 300 million years ago is actually more closely related to humans, a new study finds. Galaxies Are Eating […]

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Weekend Links: Skull-Collecting Ants, How to Feel About Mold in the Shower and More

A collection of our favorite science stories from around the web this week, including an investigation into shower mold gone bad, skull-collecting ants and more!

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Weekend Links: the Science of Good Chocolate, Wasps Can Turn Roaches Into Zombies and More

Roaches Kick Wasps in the Head to Avoid Becoming Zombies Mindy Weisberger writing for Live Science A wasp that preys on cockroaches turns them into mind-controlled zombies by stinging them in the brain, and roaches were thought to be all but defenseless against this zombifying attack. But it turns out that cockroaches have a defensive […]

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Weekend Links: How Much Candy is Sold for Halloween, Why Believing in Ghosts Can Make You a Better Person and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute. All the Candy That’s Sold During Halloween Week, in One Massive Pumpkin Julia Belluz and Javier Zarracina writing for Vox We can all agree that Halloween and other seasonal candy […]

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Weekend Links: Beer Prices Could Change with the Climate, Cartoons for Cancer and More

Beer Prices Could Double Because Of Climate Change, Study Says Bill Chappell writing for NPR The price of beer could rise sharply this century, and it has nothing to do with trends in craft brewing. Instead, a new study says beer prices could double, on average, because of the price of malted barley, a key […]

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Weekend Links: Developments in Mind Control, How Hugs Help with Conflict and More

This is the Very Fattest Bear in Katmai National Park Brian Resnick writing for Vox Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska wanted the public to weigh in on a very important question: Which of the park’s fat brown bears has gotten the fattest after a summer of nearly nonstop gorging on salmon? Was it […]

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Weekend Links: An Inside Look at the Museum of Disgusting Food, Replacing Human Organs with Chip Technology and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a look at some of our favorite science stories from across the web!

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Weekend Links: Robotic Pants Helping Some People Walk Again, Artificially Grown Mini Brains and More

Weekend links is a collection of interesting science stories from across the web, curated by your friends at the Mass General Research Institute. Robotic trousers could help disabled people walk again  (Ioannis Dimitrios Zoulias writing for The Conversation) Could the answer to mobility problems one day be as easy as pulling on a pair of trousers? […]

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