The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice: “A website dedicated to the horrors of pre-anesthetic surgery.” And a wonderful one at that.
Happy anniversary to Jennifer Ouellette and Sean Carroll: read her lovely tribute to falling in love with a physicist.
Emma Marris on cloning extinct animals. I for one would love to see a sabre-tooth cat devour a ground sloth.
David Robson chronicles a brief history of the brain from the first neurons to humans.
NobelPrizeWatch – a new blog by Simon Frantz about the prizes and coverage of the prizes. This should be good, especially since Simon used to work for the Nobel Foundation.
What? Huh? Wait.. how did.. UH? What happens when a slinky falls? This apparently.
“What good’s a toolkit if you don’t use it to build something?” Jack Horner’s quest to reverse-engineer a dinosaur
Paper-based diagnostic tests that are as small as a stamp and weigh less than a penny
Gauging an area’s biodiversity strictly through the DNA in its dirt.
Greg Dunn creates Japanese-style paintings from human brain cell photos
Halfway down: a superb list of tips for avoiding crap he-said-she-said journalism
A very good write-up of that study about reconstructing what people see from their brain activity. Meanwhile, David Bradley asks some searching questions to the researchers and gets some good answers.
Popular Science published a detailed and comprehensive profile of Felisa Wolfe-Simon, the scientist behind last year’s arsenic-life controversy. David Dobbs and Carl Zimmer voiced my concerns much better than I could have. They argue respectively that the piece neglects its journalistic duty by leaving out key details, and in some places, airbrushing history entirely.
The 2011 IgNobel Prizes, as covered by SciCurious, with Real Time Storify!!
“The only way to do it is to bypass the cannibalistic phase.” Baby sharks birthed in artificial uterus:
Rat cyborg gets digital cerebellum. Absolutely incredible story from Linda Geddes.
The Atlas of the Human Ecosystem by Carl Zimmer
“Anger isn’t an issue when you start with birds you love” Robert Krulwich peers into the minds of climate deniers and wonders what it will take to make them see reason.
A neurosurgeon gives thanks to his science teacher.
The world’s most expensive drug: a steal at $409,500/yr
From the blood of wallabies, a possible new weapon against drug-resistant bacteria
“This is a genuine scientific debate… it is not a manufactured controversy.” John Butterworth on the supposedly faster-than-light neutrinos
“If your funding programme has a zero failure rate, you’re doing it wrong”
Sigh. Goats and cancer. Try not to smoke, drink, eat or have unprotected sex with goats, okay?
Watch a prostate surgical robot peel the skin off a grape. Cool. Now imagine it doing that to your prostate. NYEARGH.
Mystery illness in Australia making parrots “drunk”
Why Brain Scanners Make Your Head Spin, and what it means for MRI scanning studies
I am koala, hear me roar
How the BBC’s dark forces of political correctness threaten the Christian era, or Why the Daily Mail have once again surpassed themselves.
The Soup That Is Killing the Ocean
By 2020, it should be possible (technologically, if not practically) to sequence every human genome in a year
After decades of research, we can now accurately measure a kilogram. (It weighs 2.2 pounds, right?)
Are slave-raiding ants really slave-raiders?
Carl zimmer asks “Do skunks smell their own odor? Do they mind?” Answer seems to be yes and yes.
“The device uses sunlight to rip apart molecules of water, just like a photosynthesizing leaf. ”
A striking case of predator avoidance in fish – sharks barrelling into a shoal
Apparently, NASA had a Congressionally-mandated goal of finding > 90% of planet-killing asteroids. Which it has now met
New evidence for *functional* plant RNA in the bloodstreams of people & cows. This is such an amazing story.
Terminal buzz gives bats their hunting edge
‘Autistic’ mice created and treated. Well, not really treated. Either way, the Mouse Research Council is really getting value for its money.
“You can adopt a HeroRAT of yr own.” In Thailand, giant rats are on their way to sniffing out land mines.
“We need a more systematic approach to animal experiments”
23andMe now offers whole-exome sequencing for $999!
“The dominant way of thinking about the role of science journalists historically was to view them as translators, or transmitters, of information. Now, however, a powerful metaphor for understanding their work as science critics is to see them as cartographers and guides.”
“You need to mentally redshift the color. If it’s green, it’s actually a little more yellow.” Fossilised beetle colours preserved after millions of years.
How a Failure With Measles Helped to Eradicate Smallpox
“There’s a lot to loathe about climate change. But if adventurers sip champagne after reaching Antarctica, it’s O.K. to cheer.” No, it’s not. Slap them in their smug faces.
Porcupines and tigers and serpent eagles, oh my. 10 video camera traps in the jungle, 1 mth of footage, 5 mins of edited video.
Dawkins’ Weasels Beat Monkeys at Replicating Shakespeare.
The hunt is on for BBC’s Amateur Scientist of the year competition
The last 100,000 years in human history by Razib Khan.
Traces of a Lost Language and Number System Discovered on the North Coast of Peru
Hummingbird smuggler caught with his pants down
Sleeping baby pandas. That is all.
A superb warning sign for the Twitter generation
The world’s most interesting subway maps. Although I heavily dispute the idea that NYC’s map is more famous than London’s
How to peel a head of garlic in less than 10 seconds
“Full disclosure: I’m reviewing this book because I was asked to by the publisher.. I’m glad I didn’t pay for it”
This is a building that looks like an impaled head
An amusing Slate piece about working as a fact-checker of Cosmopolitan’s sex tips.
Heh. Almost there… Al…most… there…
Neal Stephenson’s entire handwritten manuscript for the Baroque Cycle (inc pen nibs & ink bottles)
“You’re a total hairy bush viper.” 30 vetebrate common names potentially useful as insults.
“They Ate What?” Some unfortunate veterinary X-rays, including a dog that ate a dinosaur
Long exposure photos taken from the fronts of Tokyo trains
“All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook’s new features.”
The world’s first iPhone 5 review. Sort of.
George Monbiot discloses his salary, asks all journos to do the same. Hmm. The amount seems completely irrelevant; it’s the source that matters.
“Authors more interested in whether he loves her than whether she loves him
What misogyny looks like. This continuing treatment of Rebecca Watson is just appalling.
“Shrapnel, Leotard, Maverick, Boycott and Cardigan and other people who became nouns
“The more journalists can do to understand, and convey, the process of science as well as the findings, the better off everyone will be.” – Andy Revkin on finding reliable source in an age of too much info.
Reading the Daily Mail is nauseating, but what’s it like to write for them?
“Copy. You’re being hit with a green laser.” Wow, it’s really not a good idea to point a laser pointer at the sky
Tips on becoming a better writer
Megan Garber: Google News is treating news orgs’ willingness to credit others as a vector of trust
A network infrastructure for journalists online, by Paul Bradshaw
Data journalism, 1821 style.
“If This Then That” – a tool that lets you automate the internet.
“From religion to trend and from trend to infrastructure.” On open accessand the Internet as a disruptor.
- Jupiter sits for a stunning Hubble portrait - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- A new Zooniverse project just found four super Earths around a Sun-like star - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- Your guide to the most habitable exoplanets - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- A cosmic 1st: Images of a black hole, and Astronomy Month 2017 - WTOP - April 8th, 2017
- Get ready for our first image of a black hole - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- Friday, April 7 is Statewide Astronomy Night [LINKS] - WDET - April 8th, 2017
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- Solar Eclipse Featured at Astronomy Day on April 29 - YubaNet - April 8th, 2017
- Could Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Extragalactic Light Sails? - Sci-News.com - March 12th, 2017
- Saturn's peculiar moon Pan pictured - Astronomy Now Online - March 12th, 2017
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- Chinese astronomy - Wikipedia - March 11th, 2017
- Rosliston Astronomy Group hit observatory fund-raising target of 20000 - Burton Mail - March 11th, 2017
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 443: Destroy and Rebuild Pt. 7: Tsunamis ... - Universe Today - March 11th, 2017
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- Astronomy and Celestial Navigation - Fredericksburg Today - March 11th, 2017
- No, aliens haven't invaded Saturn: It's Pan, the flying saucer moon! - Blastr - March 11th, 2017
- Hubble solves the mystery bulge at the center of the Milky Way - Astronomy Magazine - March 10th, 2017
- Seeing the Treasures of Messier's List with Mobile Astronomy Apps - Space.com - March 10th, 2017
- SARAH WILD: SA's astronomy centres to become one constellation - Business Day (registration) - March 10th, 2017
- Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars - Astronomy Now Online - March 10th, 2017
- If we assume global warming is a hoax, what should we expect to see? - Blastr - March 10th, 2017
- Kepler provides more information about TRAPPIST-1 - Astronomy Magazine - March 9th, 2017
- Crowdfunded pocket-sized astronomy camera is all set to ship to backers - Mashable - March 9th, 2017
- This is where stardust comes from - Astronomy Magazine - March 8th, 2017
- Pulsars may be churning out small reserves of antimatter - Astronomy Magazine - March 8th, 2017
- Cross-institutional research in physics and astronomy leads to best undergraduate student paper - Appalachian State University - March 8th, 2017
- Astronomy Picture of the Day - Official Site - March 7th, 2017
- A tiny little asteroid came incredibly close to Earth last week - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- Astronomers Deploy AI to Unravel the Mysteries of the Universe - WIRED - March 7th, 2017
- Star clusters discovery could upset the astronomical applecart - Phys.Org - March 7th, 2017
- Kepler's K2 Mission Helps Discover Five New Exoplanets - Sci-News.com - March 7th, 2017
- Meet the first African-American crew member of the ISS - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- Using Astronomy To Fight Urban Blight - CityLab - March 7th, 2017
- CXBN-2 CubeSat to embark on an important X-ray astronomy mission - Phys.Org - March 7th, 2017
- Asteroids are splitting in half and growing tails | Astronomy.com - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- Planetary scientists are turning up volcanoes everywhere they look - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- CXBN-2 CubeSat to embark on an important X-ray astronomy mission - SpaceFlight Insider - March 6th, 2017
- Astronomy 101 with Ron Thompson - PenBayPilot.com - March 6th, 2017
- Texas A&M astronomy group to continue 'Star Party' series Monday - Bryan-College Station Eagle - March 6th, 2017
- These strawberries aren't red. Seriously. They aren't. - Blastr - March 6th, 2017
- Researchers release the most meticulous map of dark matter ever ... - Astronomy Magazine - March 6th, 2017
- Famed astronomer ties stars to art - Plattsburgh Press Republican - March 4th, 2017
- Astronomy in pop songs - The Standard - March 4th, 2017
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 432: Geoglogic Ages of Mars - From Wet and ... - Universe Today - March 3rd, 2017
- See the Moon glide through the Hyades on 4-5 March - Astronomy Now Online - March 3rd, 2017
- Asteroids are splitting in half and growing tails - Astronomy Magazine - March 3rd, 2017
- The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Stars - Smithsonian - March 3rd, 2017
- Rapid changes point to origin of ultra-fast black hole winds - Astronomy Now Online - March 3rd, 2017
- Get Your Head In The Clouds At The GTCC Astronomy Festival - WFMYNews2.com - March 3rd, 2017
- Creamer's Field hosts astronomy night - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 3rd, 2017
- Watch Live Today: The James Webb Space Telescope Will Spark a ... - Scientific American - March 2nd, 2017
- Astronomy: Dark matter mapped -- ScienceDaily - Science Daily - March 2nd, 2017
- Astronomers Hunt for Free-Floating Planetary-Mass Objects in Solar ... - Sci-News.com - March 2nd, 2017
- Volcanic hydrogen spurs chances of finding exoplanet life - Astronomy Now Online - March 2nd, 2017
- Harvard Astronomer, Institute Offer Support for Students of Color in Sciences - Harvard Crimson - March 2nd, 2017
- ECCC astronomy group hosts star viewing Saturday - Meridian Star - March 2nd, 2017
- Astronomy Today, 8th Edition by PDF/EPUB download - March 1st, 2017
- Fast Radio Bursts Are Astronomy's Next Big Thing - Scientific American - March 1st, 2017
- Elon Musk is promising a trip to the Moon next year - Astronomy Magazine - March 1st, 2017
- Astronomy program aims sky-high with $2.4m grant - OSU - The Lantern - March 1st, 2017
- Ridgefield Discover Center to host astronomy program at New Pond Farm - Danbury News Times - March 1st, 2017
- Tidal Disruption Events Occur More Frequently than Thought - Sci-News.com - March 1st, 2017
- First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system - Astronomy Now Online - March 1st, 2017
- SpaceX announces it will send two 'private citizens' around the Moon in 2018 - Blastr - March 1st, 2017
- We're on the Verge of a Gravitational Wave Astronomy Boom - Seeker - February 28th, 2017
- Watch the 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse - Astronomy Magazine - February 28th, 2017
- Astronomers find evidence of rocky planets around a dead star and a failed one - Astronomy Magazine - February 28th, 2017
- Star formation on filaments in RCW106 - Astronomy Now Online - February 28th, 2017
- SPACE organisation to help specially-abled children learn about astronomy - Tech2 - February 28th, 2017
- Society names new observatory for Marion Oaks astronomer - Ocala - February 27th, 2017
- The night sky this week - AccuWeather.com (blog) - February 27th, 2017
- Mapping the family tree of stars Astronomy Now - Astronomy Now Online - February 27th, 2017
- My Time: Trinity United Methodist Church holds Astronomy Club meetings - CapitalGazette.com - February 27th, 2017
- Easter: Astronomy's moveable feast - Arizona Daily Sun - February 25th, 2017
- Amateur astronomy - Wikipedia - February 24th, 2017
- Celebrate Supernova 1987A's 30th birthday with a stellar image set - Astronomy Magazine - February 24th, 2017
- Astronomers discover a new satellite for the Milky Way - Blastr - February 24th, 2017
- Upcoming programs at New Pond Farm astronomy, reptiles - The Redding Pilot - February 24th, 2017
- Glow-in-the-dark gas lights up the cosmic web - Astronomy Magazine - February 24th, 2017