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Scientia Pro Publica: Answers to 28 popular and not-so-popular questions

Welcome to the XL edi­tion of Sci­en­tia Pro Pub­lica (or, since we are trying to speak English, the 40th edition of “Science for the People”), the rotating blog car­ni­val that show­cases the finest sci­ence, med­ical and envi­ron­ment writ­ing pub­lished in the blogosphere.

Quick now – ask a question, any question, that comes to mind. Chances are someone in this excellent roster of science bloggers has anticipated it and provided an answer below. Enjoy!

About ourselves

  1. Why do I feel better after I exercise (pic: brainblogger)
  2. Can thoughtful blogging and reading build brain reserve and delay dementia
  3. What’s the borderline between high and low functioning – autism research examples
  4. Can we learn to multi-task more effectively
  5. Should you mind your brain

About our bodies

  1. Are there legal ways to increase testosterone levels
  2. What really is a tumour (pic: Jeff Wolf)
  3. Is matching blood types critical for bone marrow transplants

About mind-body connections

  1. Can I manage my medication for optimal sexual life (pic:
  2. How do psychological variables impact brain pain recovery
  3. Is it a good (and compassionate) idea for doctors to wear white coats
  4. Does Western Style Diet Increase Risk of ADHD

About our peers

  1. Can whales do cool stuff other than communication, intelligence, and cuddly things
  2. What can we learn from sea anemones and from Finding Nemo?
  3. Do rattlesnakes (and peer reviewers) deserve the bad rep they get
  4. What exactly is that fuzzy layer of sediment in the pond (pic: fishpond fever)

About our living spaces – and their struggles

  1. What’s NASA crashing into next, and why (pic: Q space)
  2. Can nanofibre paint in hospitals kill MRSA
  3. Is the rate of environmental change too high for the reef ecosystems to adapt to
  4. Why the “forests and grasslands” of the sea are steadily dying
  5. Are we looking at summers with an ice-free Arctic Ocean
  6. What toolkit does conservation biology have to study and hopefully intervene in all this

About science itself

  1. What every student should learn about science, and how
  2. Should they also get sneak peaks at reality
  3. What are the perils of selection bias in psychological research
  4. What is the link between art and science (pic: N Shaner, P Steinbach, R Tsien, BioArt. Wikipedia Commons)
  5. Cowpea B301’s back story: collaboration-fuelled serendipity
  6. Will blogging and other digital tools accelerate that serendipity

And that´s it for today.

Good news: given the growing amount of entries received, Scientia Pro Publica is turning weekly, at least for a while. What does this mean? Two things: 1) next edition, hosted by Deep Thoughts and Silliness, will go live  next Monday, October 4th, 2) the Carnival needs more hosts!

To send submissions to the next issue , please use this automated submission form, making sure to include the URL or “permalink”, the essay title and a brief summary. To volunteer to be a host, please send an email to ScientiaBlogCarnival at

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  1. Ivy says:

    Thank you for this excellent resource of information!

  2. roberto says:

    me ha parecido muy oportuno este tono distendido mezclandose con temas más profundos.

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