Scientific Americat

by Matthew Cobb

At last, Ollie and Pepper (and all their feline friends) have their very own scientific magazine!

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First announced over at Meme Base/Dropping the Science, Scientific Americat is in need of new features, and I think WEIT readers are well placed to help the editors with potential stories. Among those suggested by readers of Meme Base are “Schroedinger’s Cat – you don’t know if the article is in the magazine until you open it” and “When We Were Gods — The halcyon days of ancient Egypt.” Post your ideas here and we will send them on to the team of Scientific Americat.

Via @BoraZ and @Laelaps on Twitter

51 Comments

  1. Ichthyic
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Heh; catifying Sci Am could only improve it.

  2. Marella
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    “Why ‘Green Fluorescent Protein’ mice should be released into the wild”

  3. Posted December 1, 2011 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    “An introduction to quantum felid theory”

    • Laura Norder
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Brilliant!

  4. Peter R
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    The Vet.

    Predictive techniques with probability analysis to allow early hiding.

  5. Peter
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    “Schroedinger’s Cat – you don’t know if the article is in the magazine until you open it”

    Perhaps better:

    “Schroedinger’s Cat – it, in fact, is both IN the magazine and NOT in the magazine until you open it”

    • Occam
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      http://xkcd.com/45/

      • cornbread_r2
        Posted December 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

        Please tell me I’m the first to alert everyone that the third panel of xkcd’s respond to mouse-overs.

        • Microraptor
          Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

          All xkcd strips do that.

  6. sasqwatch
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Using fuzzy logic to build a better mousetrap.

    • Chris Lawson
      Posted December 2, 2011 at 5:26 am | Permalink

      I think you mean furry logic.

  7. Sally
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    What is “insomnia”? Does it really exist?

  8. Sally
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    The Eradication of Dogs: Some Strategies.

  9. Sally
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    The Historical Bastet: a Reply to Agnostics

  10. Sally
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Legalize Catnip Now!

  11. Sally
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    The New Hairball Department at the Meow Clinic. (and why it took so long to cough up the funding for it)

  12. Torbjorn Larsson, OM
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    “Biology of catnaps – practice makes purrfect.”

    “The Catrophic principle – why the world is compatible with good owners.”

    Catalog of Fishes.

    • Aidan Karley
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      <blockquote?“Biology of catnaps – practice makes purrfect.”I believe that Dutch catnip specialists are working on a conventional breeding programme to increase the strength of herbal catnip available to the purrfect public. After the corresponding breeding programme that developed “skunk” cannabis in the early- to mid-1990s, the naming of the proposed “super-catnip” is open for grabs.
      Volunteers for the quality-control phases of the breeding programme are being sought, and the readership of “Scientific Americat” are invited to apply.
      (This is a parody of the true development of “skunk” ; and I have to take my hat off to the self-control of the testers in not smoking all their best crosses. Impressed.)

  13. moleatthecounter
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Headline:`

    ‘Wanted: Dead and alive – Schrödinger’s cat’.

  14. Torbjorn Larsson, OM
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    ““Felidae abhorret vacuum” – why a cat will expand to fill any surface or container it deems as “mine”.”

    “The science of lolmen – hooman pidgin is catering to the kitten in us.”

    • Occam
      Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      http://xkcd.com/231/

      • Aidan Karley
        Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        Reply
        Occam
        http://xkcd.com/231/

        You’ve razored away pretty much all the unnecessary duplication of entities there, William.

      • Torbjorn Larsson, OM
        Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        Touché!

  15. Doc
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Is it just wishful thinking on my part, or does it seem cat lovers far outweigh dog lovers, when it comes to us atheists? Wish someone would do a study on that…

    • Posted September 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      It’s because no authoritarian likes cats.

  16. moleatthecounter
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Special feature:

    ‘Trying to organise cats is like herding atheists’

  17. mday
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Reproductive rights and our human oppressors: Neuter THIS!

  18. BigBob
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Noms – why hoomans no eat dat muk themselfs?

  19. BigBob
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Blofelt kitty – a biografi

  20. mday
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    The feline distemper vaccine: does the science support the vaccine/crazy cat link?

  21. Still learning
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Teleportation – how a cat can be “missing”, then appear right in front of you.

    The speed of sound – a cat can hear a can of tuna before it’s opened.

    • Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      I’ve concluded that this happens because even cats that normally deign to come when called consider that they have “come” as soon as they can see the caller, regardless of how well camouflaged they might be.

  22. Notagod
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Aerodynamics of the dead: Why mice can’t hover even if you provide an air lift.

  23. Occam
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    “Lasers:
    Must catch red dot
    Want want dot run!”

    http://xkcd.com/729/

  24. RFW
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Speaking of feline teleportation: my cat Cuddles (aka “Little Girl” and “Little One”) spends a great deal of time shooting death stares to one or another of the various treat containers spotted around the house. I’m convinced she’s trying to use feline telekinesis to make the lid fly into the air, followed by a cloud of cat treatz for her to gobble as they fall to the floor.

    So far no luck! Poor Cuddles! Here, Cuddles, have another treat.

    Cuddles is an extremely affectionate cat but only on her own terms. Other times, she’s the Grand Mistress of the Stare of Hate. She offers lessons to those with difficulty hating: “Cuddles Teaches the Two-minute Hate”. Just like something out of Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    Meow.

  25. lamacher
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    The Petter Principle #5: Cats will expand to fill the space available.

  26. Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Evolution or Creation: teaching the controversy.

  27. jonjermey
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Breeds of lab mice — we do a taste test.

    “A Slight Misunderstanding…” Ceiling Cat speaks!

  28. Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Paper bags: wormholes to another universe?

  29. Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Human vision limitations: why they step on us at night

  30. Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Litter box sifting: What are they doing with our turds?

  31. Posted December 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Nature abhors a vacuum cleaner

  32. Posted December 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Agency And Intentionality: Why It’s Never An Accident When The Cat Falls Off The Chair

  33. Sally
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    We Support the Open Door Policy

  34. E.A. Blair
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    “Feline-Human Emotion Mapping: Why Our Embarrassment Is Their Amusement”

  35. S A GOULD
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Customizing Your Roomba

  36. Sally
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Litter Tray Design: Avoid Thinking Outside the Box

  37. Lulu
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Mystery: Why Vets Have Yet to Offer Tuna Flavoring Option in Feline Oral Medications

  38. Microraptor
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    The Door: What’s Really on the Other Side?

  39. Chris Lawson
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    LOLcat: iz moar than dialect?
    The controversial field of Mewbonics.

  40. Chris Lawson
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    The Felithropic Universe:
    Why intelligent life must have four legs


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