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About sarahexplains

I explain things! Hopefully things that people want to know. I'm working on that part.


You’ve found my blog – but is it what you truly wanted? Head over here for my main, non-bloggy website.

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Hey all I’m going to be taking a break on this blog until January to recharge (the break may or may not have started before I actually told you about it…). Look for some interesting content after that, though. Happy … Continue reading

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Mafia! (Best Article Ever)

So I was planning to write a post about Mafia, the party game where a group of villagers tries to identify the killers in their midst. I was going to write about the psychological implications of the game, and the … Continue reading

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Meditation on Group Memes

When I went home for Thanksgiving break the number of times I quoted The Producers per 48 hour period increased around 10-fold.

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Parties: Science News

Hermit crabs’ idea of a party: line up smallest to largest and yank the crab one size up out of its shell. Then steal the shell. Repeat.

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Magic and the Mind

Magic tricks sometimes work purely based on gimmicks, but more often than not they work by exploiting the way we perceive and think about the world.

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Slime Molds!

Slime Molds! Just in case you haven’t heard of these guys, let me tell you about a type of cellular slime mold that takes “working together” to the next level–Dictyostelium discoideum.

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