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.
- Glow-in-the-dark gas lights up the cosmic web - Astronomy Magazine - February 24th, 2017
- The Europa mission is heading onto phase B - Astronomy Magazine - February 24th, 2017
- Fermi space telescope finds possible dark matter ties in Andromeda ... - Astronomy Now Online - February 24th, 2017
- Turner Farm to Hold 'Astronomy for Family Fun: Moon' - Patch.com - February 24th, 2017
- This tiny solar system packs in seven Earth-size planets - Astronomy Magazine - February 23rd, 2017
- Astronomy hosts public observing night - The Crimson While - February 23rd, 2017
- Tech physics, astronomy professor talks NASA discovery - LubbockOnline.com - February 23rd, 2017
- SF State astronomy professor looks for habitable planets 14 light years away - Golden Gate Xpress - February 23rd, 2017
- Astronomy park dedicated to John Glenn planned for Hocking Hills - ABC6OnYourSide.com - February 22nd, 2017
- The brightest, most distant pulsar has a complex and powerful ... - Astronomy Magazine - February 22nd, 2017
- Astronomers Reconstruct History of Solar Neighborhood with Evolutionary Tree - Sci-News.com - February 22nd, 2017
- In Memory Of John Glenn, An Astronomy Park Takes Shape - WOSU - February 22nd, 2017
- KaBLAM! A small asteroid carved out one of the youngest craters on Mars - Blastr - February 22nd, 2017
- NASA's Juno spacecraft to remain in current orbit around Jupiter - Astronomy Now Online - February 22nd, 2017
- Astronomy blasts into the future with gravitational wave detector Virgo - Blastr - February 22nd, 2017
- Astronomy meets art in Venice: 10 artists inspired by Hubble Space Telescope images - ItalyEurope24 (subscription) - February 22nd, 2017
- John Glenn Observatory and Astronomy Park to open later this year - 10TV - February 21st, 2017
- Amateur astronomers celebrate BoBfest at Catawba Science Center - Hickory Daily Record - February 21st, 2017
- Popular astronomy class returns to Varsity Hotel in Cambridge - Cambridge News - February 21st, 2017
- Lower Keys Clear Night Skies Attract Astronomers To Winter Star Party - CBS Local - February 21st, 2017
- Astronomers Use ALMA to Hunt for Universe's Oldest Light - Sci-News.com - February 20th, 2017
- SpaceX nails the landing after an historic launch - Blastr - February 20th, 2017
- Minor planet named after famous Thai astronomer - Bangkok Post - February 20th, 2017
- Scientists are months away from peering into black holes for the first time - Astronomy Magazine - February 20th, 2017
- We asked a Duke astronomy professor about Duke alum Kyrie Irving saying the Earth is flat - For The Win - February 18th, 2017
- Classes offered for astronomy enthusiasts - WZZM13.com - February 18th, 2017
- Science center brings astronomy to Lake Stevens school - The Daily Herald - February 18th, 2017
- Astronomy shoots for the stars - V Spectator - February 17th, 2017
- Love of Astronomy Brings Caltech Professor to SoPas - South Pasadena Review - February 17th, 2017
- Free events this week range from Astronomy on Tap to Go Fever show - Austin American-Statesman - February 17th, 2017
- NASA is enlisting the public to find Planet Nine - Astronomy Magazine - February 16th, 2017
- Another Gravitational Wave Detector Will Help Revolutionize Astronomy - Gizmodo - February 16th, 2017
- High school students identify an ultra-rare star - Astronomy Magazine - February 16th, 2017
- Scientists write a hypothetical Europa landing mission report - Astronomy Magazine - February 16th, 2017
- Astronomers observe black hole producing cold, star-making fuel - Astronomy Now Online - February 16th, 2017
- Scientists narrow down list of landing sites for Mars 2020 - Astronomy Magazine - February 16th, 2017
- How Islamic scholarship birthed modern astronomy - Astronomy Magazine - February 15th, 2017
- Astronomy team find dozens of potential exoplanets including a 'Super-Earth' - AOL News - February 15th, 2017
- This planet briefly pulls its star into a cepheid variable stage - Astronomy Magazine - February 15th, 2017
- Does Earth have a Trojan horde? - Blastr - February 15th, 2017
- Astronomers catch a supernova just as its big boom begins - Astronomy Magazine - February 14th, 2017
- Another Hubble repair mission could be on the way - Astronomy Magazine - February 14th, 2017
- Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates - Space Daily - February 14th, 2017
- A team of astronomers open dataset of nearby stars to the public - Astronomy Magazine - February 13th, 2017
- Atop Mt. Wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'Sistine Chapel' - Los Angeles Times - February 13th, 2017
- Astronomers Find First Ever White Dwarf Pulsar - Sci-News.com - February 13th, 2017
- See planet Venus hit peak brightness in the evening sky - Astronomy Now Online - February 13th, 2017
- A journey to Jupiter, without leaving Earth - Blastr - February 13th, 2017
- Local astronomers help map asteroid - Sierra Vista Herald - February 13th, 2017
- 91 Astronomers Combine 1000 Images Into One Amazing Journey to Jupiter - Universe Today - February 12th, 2017
- How youngsters can reach for the stars with a career in astronomy - Daily News & Analysis - February 12th, 2017
- View from Mars Hill: Astronomy often a hobby and fascination of presidents - Arizona Daily Sun - February 11th, 2017
- Coming up @10: Local Astronomy Professor Gives Insight on Astronomical Events Happening This Weekend - OzarksFirst.com - February 11th, 2017
- Big celestial event Friday? Local astronomers say it's more media ... - Virginian-Pilot - February 11th, 2017
- Will you be able to see tonight's deep penumbral lunar eclipse? - Blastr - February 10th, 2017
- ASU Astronomy Researcher Breaks Down Tonight's Eclipse - KJZZ - February 10th, 2017
- Police arrest man accused of stealing from Albuquerque astronomy club - KRQE News 13 - February 10th, 2017
- Full Moon Hike to explore astronomy, nature - Red and Black - February 10th, 2017
- Elusive blue lightning filmed dancing above a thunderstorm - Astronomy Magazine - February 10th, 2017
- A leisurely way to visit the stars - Nature.com - February 9th, 2017
- Astronomy Trifecta Coming Friday Night - KNIA / KRLS Radio - February 9th, 2017
- Astronomers find a new class of black holes - Astronomy Magazine - February 8th, 2017
- An application of astronomy to save endangered species - Space Daily - February 8th, 2017
- Fundraiser to help Albuquerque astronomy club replace stolen ... - KRQE News 13 - February 8th, 2017
- Astronomy trifecta this weekend - FOX31 Denver - February 7th, 2017
- Hubble captures an ailing star's death knell - Astronomy Magazine - February 7th, 2017
- Astronomers discover a white dwarf that acts like a pulsar - Astronomy Magazine - February 7th, 2017
- A supermassive black hole spent more than a decade consuming a star - Astronomy Magazine - February 6th, 2017
- Black hole meal sets record for duration and size - Astronomy Now Online - February 6th, 2017
- A fireball blazed over the midwest last night - Astronomy Magazine - February 6th, 2017
- The passions of Aboriginal astronomy guide, Willy Stevens - Cosmos - February 6th, 2017
- The Calabash clash - Astronomy Now Online - February 6th, 2017
- How Harvard's vast collection of glass plates still shapes astronomy - Astronomy Magazine - February 6th, 2017
- How Groundhogs Day and astronomy intersect - Astronomy Magazine - February 6th, 2017
- The case of Ceres' disappearing volcanoes - Astronomy Magazine - February 6th, 2017
- Astronomy | Springer - February 2nd, 2017
- Daily Stargazing Weather for Secaucus, NJ - January 13th, 2017
- Deep Astronomy - YouTube - January 8th, 2017
- Astronomy | Whitman College - January 7th, 2017
- The Royal Astronomical Society - December 26th, 2016