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.
- What is Astronomy? Definition & History - Space.com - July 20th, 2017
- "Alien megastructure" star may be a sign of a dying world - Astronomy Magazine - July 20th, 2017
- Astronomy on Tap July 25, 2017 with Franck Marchis | SETI Institute - SETI Institute - July 20th, 2017
- Pioneering probe for gravitational wave observatory ends mission - Astronomy Now Online - July 20th, 2017
- Upcoming solar eclipse inspires astronomy viewing night - Kansas State Collegian - July 20th, 2017
- LISA will fly and listen for black holes eating each other - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 18th, 2017
- Science up your Instagram feed with this new astronomy account - the Irish News - July 18th, 2017
- The hunt is on for planets around some of our closest neighboring stars - Astronomy Magazine - July 18th, 2017
- Planets like Earth may have had muddy origins - Astronomy Now Online - July 18th, 2017
- 'Back to the Moon for Good' at Emera Astronomy Center - Bangor Daily News - July 18th, 2017
- John Glenn Astronomy Park to open in Hocking Hills - Dayton Daily News - July 17th, 2017
- Stellar cannonballs may be invaders from another galaxy - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 17th, 2017
- Martin Landau: 19282017 - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 17th, 2017
- Planetary astronomy in ancient Greece - OUPblog (blog) - July 17th, 2017
- UK Physics and Astronomy Team Reveals Evidence of Impacts That Structured the Milky Way Galaxy - UKNow (press release) - July 17th, 2017
- New exoplanet challenges formation models - Astronomy Magazine - July 16th, 2017
- Dubai is set to become a destination for 'astronomy tourism' - What's On - July 16th, 2017
- Juno gets up close and personal with Jupiter's Great Red Spot ... - Astronomy Magazine - July 15th, 2017
- Astronomers Find the Smallest Star Yet - Smithsonian - July 15th, 2017
- Eclipse focus of July 17 Flint River Astronomy Club meeting - Pikecountygeorgia - July 15th, 2017
- Astronomers discover one of the brightest galaxies known - Phys.org - Phys.Org - July 15th, 2017
- Now is your chance to fund a groundbreaking SETI project - Astronomy Magazine - July 15th, 2017
- Women of Color in Astronomy Face Greater Degree of Discrimination, Harassment - Space.com - July 14th, 2017
- Astronomy Lectures Focus on Timely, Fun Topics - St, Thomas Source - July 14th, 2017
- Astronomers find the smallest star ever, pushing forward search for aliens - The Independent - July 14th, 2017
- Step by step, we're tackling gender equity in Australian astronomy - The Conversation AU - July 14th, 2017
- It's Time We Take A Look At How Female Astronomers Are Treated - Refinery29 - July 14th, 2017
- Help find exoplanets with EVE Online - Astronomy Magazine - July 14th, 2017
- Ghana, SKA South Africa partner to harness radio astronomy - BizNis Africa - July 14th, 2017
- Astronomers just discovered the smallest star ever - Astronomy Magazine - July 13th, 2017
- Heart of an exploded star observed in 3D - Astronomy Now Online - July 13th, 2017
- Astronomy Tonight! - Suffield, CT Patch - Patch.com - July 13th, 2017
- AstroFest to present four nights of stargazing, space exploration - The Daily Collegian Online - July 13th, 2017
- Women of Color Face a Staggering Amount of Harassment in ... - Gizmodo - July 12th, 2017
- Smallest-ever star discovered by astronomers - Phys.Org - July 12th, 2017
- A star watch and astronomy night at the Rancocas Nature Center - Burlington County Times - July 12th, 2017
- For Minority Female Astronomers, a New Research Effort Backs Up Anecdotes of Harassment - The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 12th, 2017
- Ten things you don't know about asteroids (and impacts thereof) - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 12th, 2017
- An oddball planet has astronomers scratching their heads ... - Astronomy Magazine - July 11th, 2017
- There's a lot of bias in astronomy and women of color are hurt the ... - The Verge - July 11th, 2017
- Survey data point to widespread problems for female and minority ... - Inside Higher Ed - July 11th, 2017
- In astronomy, women of color face the most discrimination - Engadget - Engadget - July 11th, 2017
- How Eclipse Anxiety Helped Lay the Foundation For Modern Astronomy - Smithsonian - July 11th, 2017
- Australian Astronomy Just Got A $129 Million Boost | Gizmodo ... - Gizmodo Australia - July 11th, 2017
- BepiColombo Mercury mission tested for journey into 'pizza oven ... - Astronomy Now Online - July 11th, 2017
- Local astronomer sets lens on public outreach - Nogales International - July 11th, 2017
- AstroFest to offer four evenings of astronomy activities during Arts Festival - Penn State News - July 11th, 2017
- WVXU Launches 'Looking Up' Astronomy Podcasts - WVXU - July 11th, 2017
- Astronomers Directly Image Super-Jupiter around HIP 65426 - Sci-News.com - July 10th, 2017
- Maybe Trump and Pence should steer clear of astronomy altogether - MSNBC - July 8th, 2017
- Ground-breaking set for Hocking Hills astronomy park - The Columbus Dispatch - July 8th, 2017
- Amateur Astronomers Association of New York - July 7th, 2017
- Mars may be more toxic to life than we thought - Astronomy Magazine - July 7th, 2017
- Hayden Planetarium - AMNH - July 7th, 2017
- JAXA, NASA approve replacement for failed Hitomi astronomy satellite - Spaceflight Now - July 7th, 2017
- Celestial sleuthing around a spectacular spiral galaxy - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 7th, 2017
- Annual Brite Lake astronomy event coming July 22-23 - Tehachapi News - July 7th, 2017
- Astronomy exhibition - The Hindu - July 7th, 2017
- RHS astronomy club sends balloon sailing across the state - Redmond Reporter - July 7th, 2017
- Astronomy Today - July 6th, 2017
- Education | American Astronomical Society - July 6th, 2017
- Astronomy Nights | Astronomy | Mesa Community College - July 6th, 2017
- star | astronomy | Britannica.com - July 6th, 2017
- Astronomers find two classes of gas giant planets - Astronomy Magazine - July 6th, 2017
- Brown dwarfs are as plentiful as stars - Astronomy Magazine - July 6th, 2017
- Rolling with the shutter - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 6th, 2017
- Astronomy theme park to offer first-of-its-kind entertainment for science buffs in Vietnam - Inside the Magic - July 5th, 2017
- Hypervelocity Stars are 'Runaways' from Large Magellanic Cloud, Astronomers Say - Sci-News.com - July 5th, 2017
- Celestial fireworks pop off in a cosmic train wreck - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 5th, 2017
- Surprise methanol detection points to evolving story of Enceladus's ... - Astronomy Now Online - July 5th, 2017
- Western Pennsylvania astronomers prepare for solar eclipse - Tribune-Review - July 5th, 2017
- NASA marks 20 years of continuous Mars exploration - Astronomy Now Online - July 5th, 2017
- NASA releases stunning views of Jupiter's Great Red Spot - Astronomy Magazine - July 4th, 2017
- Love of astronomy born under living skies drives Sask. woman on road trip to view total eclipse - CBC.ca - July 4th, 2017
- Will the EPA handle climate change honestly? Have some doubt. - SYFY WIRE (blog) - July 3rd, 2017
- Team of six astronomers from India discover rare giant radio galaxies - Hindustan Times - July 3rd, 2017
- Astronomy | Definition of Astronomy by Merriam-Webster - July 3rd, 2017
- There are more astronomical wonders than an eclipse this summer - Wichita Eagle - July 3rd, 2017
- Atmosphere Stripping May Limit Habitability of Extrasolar Planets - Sci-News.com - July 3rd, 2017
- Astronomy: July is the season of Scorpius - Longmont Times-Call - July 2nd, 2017