A fantastic post on the dogged passion of scientists: Internet Porn Fills Gap in Spider Taxonomy, by Meera Lee Sethi
Threefold variation in UK bowel cancer death rates! Wait, that’s less than what you expect from chance, by Ben Goldacre
A lovely piece on the mind of the octopus and what it’s like to study them
Turn the lights off and your speakers up. Ready? Now watch this video of Earth from the International Space Station
This is wonderful. Two scientists – SciCurious and Kate Clancy – critique a paper on their blogs and the author responds on her own blog. Technical but civil comments ensue. Great.
Human population growth: more “bacterial than primate”, by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Why biology is in dire need of some viral marketing (and why the creationists are winning at SEO), by Kevin Zelnio.
An important piece on views of evolution in the Muslim world & why young-earth creationism is absent
Brutally scathing report says polio eradication isn’t going to happen any time soon. By Maryn McKenna
Love the tyrant, not the hype: A must-read post by Tom Holtz on the real reasons why T. rex is so damn interesting.
“You don’t want to be the science writer who asks a famous astronomer ‘so are u telling me there’s a telescope in space?” Cassie Willyard on why science writers need to ask dumb questions.
A beautiful creative combo of science & cathartic writing: “Time+brain chemistry heal all wounds” by Christie Wilcox.
Carl Zimmer asks about the biggest cell. A great conversation ensues.
Great feature on sequencing the Black Death genome, by Ewen Callaway
Very good piece by Erika Check Hayden on why sequencing Steve Jobs’ genome couldn’t save his life, and the limits of modern genetics.
The book marketplace is more about “selling objects… than propelling the arguments they contain.” Excellent analysis by Megan Garber
Virtual wolf pack show that ambush is possible without planning or cooperation
6 guys in a capsule – great Wired piece on a 520-experiment in isolation, that simulates a trip to Mars
Dolphin Curiosity: Knowledge for Knowledge’s Sake. I love Paul Norris’ blog on animal intelligence.
Educate a woman, educate a nation: why women’s education is key to slowing population growth. Really important concept.
Bacteria threaten cave art – but some scientists disagree with “keep cave closed” tactic. Cool story by Carmen Drahl.
An excellent deep-digging feature on the mislabeling of fish from the Boston Globe.
Looming gaps in satellite coverage could create an important gap in climate data
Killer whales in captivity are NOT a 13th Amendment problem
Killer Whales Migrate Thousands of Miles to…Exfoliate?
Cookie-Cutter Cat Not As Cute The Name Sounds
The neuroscience of ‘pissing yourself with fear’
$10m prize for sequencing 100 centenarian genomes in 30 days. Well, they should be easy to catch…
First patient receives novel gene therapy for type of blindness. Good luck to him!
Mass Species Loss Stunts Evolution for Millions of Years
Was Archaeopteryx an early bird? The debate about this iconic fossil critter continues. Brian Switek gets the nuance in the debate, unlike most journalists who opted for a simple turn-around narrative.
Declan Butler dissects the malaria vaccine announcement from last week. It’s still important, but how important?
The Royal Society has made all journal articles over 70-years-old free-to-access
The arsenic debate that matters: conflicting studies fuel arsenic debate
Swans and stem cells: winners of this year’s Imagine Science Film Festival
Cognitive Chaos May Fuel Marijuana’s Side Effects
21% of “high impact biomedical journal” studies have honorary/ghost authors
The UK’s National Cancer Director orders an independent review of breast cancer screening programme. Good. Necessary.
Does Time Exist? The definitive debate. Check out comment 20 for a clear lay explanation!
Universal HPV vaccination for boys recommended by CDC advisory panel.
This is big, important and potentially worrying. Non-invasive fetal genetic screening debuts.
Tasmanian Devils Might Survive Cancer Scourge
Two parasites, one host in a new blog called Nothing in Biology Makes Sense
One of the 7 billion humans has just brought the number of Javan rhinos down to 50
The Iceman genome cometh
Argument over RNA editing study deepens
Before flight, did dinosaurs use flap-assisted incline running? Great videos on the evolution of flight, via Carl Zimmer.
This might be the earliest Western childbirth image (and it was found by a blind student)
The Empire of Death, The World’s Monuments to Human Skeletons
“I wanna be like you-oo-oo.” Orangutans develop different cultures like humans.
People are better at golf if they’re told that their club belonged to a pro
Peer review is f***ed up – let’s fix it
Why Do We Keep Going Back to Jurassic Park? Other than the fact that Hammond keeps on sending us.
EyeTracker – tech that allows paralysed ALS patients to draw with their eyes
“An ignorance about genetics so profound that I may lose hope in humanity”: Emily Willingham on the Huffington Post’s shocking science section.
“Naming gives us the illusion that nature is fixed, but it is as fluid as the language used to describe it”
“We knew our predictions were little better than guesses, but we continued to act as if each prediction was valid.” Don’t Blink! The Hazards of Confidence
People with strong involuntary digust reactions are more likely to be conservative, oppose gay marriage.
Sail-backed crocodiles & the rise of the ruling reptiles
Crabitats! Project Shellter aims to build 3D-printed homes for hermit crabs
‘Sex and the Scanner’: why MRI scanners don’t make for good sexy TV.
The first episode of Frozen Planet was incredible. Surfing penguins, the world’s most incompetent sea-lion, killer whales attacking seals with waves, and this epic wolf hunt.
How to get a job in Antarctica
How big was world’s population when you were born?
Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults
The beards! Oh god the beards! How the Joy of Sex was illustrated
Do NOT attempt to answer this question. Mind splode.
Man chases crab, crab gets hilariously awesome revenge on man
A strategic plan, to be stapled to the heads of all strategy consultants.
Dinosaurigami: how the hell did he do a Kentrosaurus???
“Responses of unwitting participants to balls unexpectedly thrown by an experimenter or propelled by a hidden cannon…”
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. At the end, Nick Fury recruits them all.
“The dictator was dragged from a big pipe and then some stuff happened”
Being alive linked to autism
The planet’s version of farting in the bath: an underwater volcano spews exotic lava
Confused grasshopper is confused
Open Lab 2011: Blogging Comes of Age. (I’m helping to judge and I quite agree. A particularly good batch this year).
Good round-up from Nieman Lab about getting tablet news to pay.
I’ve been playing around with ifttt.com – an essential tool for journalists and other heavy web users.
A great dissection of why Amy Harmon’s autism story in the NYT is so good – I love the description of writers leaving “gold coins” for readers.
Was It A Cat I Saw? Interview with, and essay by, palindrome king Barry Duncan. His record? 800 words
Someone hacked Israel’s biometric database in 2006. Now 9 million people’s personal info is on the loose.
A great piece on how Anonymous, the new Shakespeare movie, relates to science denialism
“Intelligent Rival Imitator of Siri.” Android has a Siri, called Iris.
Why architects suffer from myopia, and some buildings look really weird
Three psychiatrists urge DC Comics to stop misrepresenting the mentally ill.
Cyborg no more! The BBC moves to human-edited Twitter feeds
The @Guardiantagbot will answer your queries to discover your weaknesses. Er, I mean, help you find content.
Brian Cox is wrong: blogging your research is not a recipe for
It’s time to admit that journalists are human beings, and they have opinions:
The European Geosciences Union is offering fellowships of 5,000 euros for journos to report on geosciences research. Disclaimer: I’m judging
How much energy does the entire internet consume?
- A crescent sun: Solar eclipse to mark astronomy event of the decade, even in New England - The Sun Chronicle - August 20th, 2017
- MU director of astronomy Angela Speck consumed by eclipse for three years - Columbia Daily Tribune - August 20th, 2017
- Pioneering ESA mission aims to create artificial solar eclipses - Astronomy Now Online - August 20th, 2017
- Astronomy buffs traveling for eclipse, viewing events to take place across region - Rockford Register Star - August 20th, 2017
- Aztecs, Mayans marveled at eclipses and predicted them with precision - MyStatesman.com - August 20th, 2017
- How Astronomers Use Eclipses to Discover Alien Worlds - Space.com - August 20th, 2017
- Astronomy Magazine: Monday's solar event expected to be most-viewed eclipse ever - fox6now.com - August 19th, 2017
- 'Super Bowl of Astronomy': Sacramentans Leave for Total Eclipse - FOX40 - August 19th, 2017
- Eclipse advice from Astronomy Man - Chino Champion - August 19th, 2017
- Failed stars may act more like giant planets - Astronomy Magazine - August 19th, 2017
- Astronomy Club setting up telescopes for public viewing of Monday's eclipse - BayToday - August 19th, 2017
- McMaster astronomy club offers public safe viewing of dangerous ... - TheSpec.com - August 19th, 2017
- Everything you need to know about the Northwest Florida Astronomy ... - The Northwest Florida Daily News - August 18th, 2017
- Travelers from around the world share eclipse camaraderie, anxiety at astronomy conference - Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 18th, 2017
- Eclipse Safety With The Bob Dylan Of Astronomy: FIU Professor Studies And Sings About The Stars - WLRN - August 18th, 2017
- Montana astronomy group travels to Idaho to view eclipse - KTVH - August 18th, 2017
- Eclipse on the menu at next 'Astronomy on Tap' - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - August 18th, 2017
- Dubai looks to the stars as Dh50 million Astronomy Centre to open next month - The National - August 18th, 2017
- Couple to wed during 'rare and wonderful' total solar eclipse - ABC News - August 16th, 2017
- Seeing Einstein's hand in stars orbiting a supermassive black hole - SYFY WIRE (blog) - August 16th, 2017
- Check It Out: Eclipse party to cover the basics of astronomy - The Advocate - August 16th, 2017
- Tidally-Locked Planets More Common than Previously Thought, Astronomer Says - Sci-News.com - August 16th, 2017
- New observatory telescope, free astronomy events come to Humble area - Chron.com - August 15th, 2017
- Astronomy experts talk about being prepared for the eclipse - KYStandard.com - August 15th, 2017
- Local astronomy club leader counts down to eclipse - Casper Star-Tribune Online - August 15th, 2017
- Q&A: Astronomy professor prepared for Aug. 21 solar eclipse - Chippewa Herald - August 15th, 2017
- This supernova shock wave slammed into its companion star - Astronomy Magazine - August 15th, 2017
- Astronomy enthusiasts excited to experience solar eclipse - TWC News - August 14th, 2017
- System of super-Earths discovered around a nearby star - Astronomy Magazine - August 14th, 2017
- The planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 may be older than Earth! - SYFY WIRE (blog) - August 14th, 2017
- Museum to host astronomers Sunday - Hastings Tribune - August 14th, 2017
- Stay up to date with the next big astronomical events with a new digital calendar - The Verge - August 13th, 2017
- Astronomers are preparing to watch a star swing by our supermassive black hole - Astronomy Magazine - August 13th, 2017
- Big asteroid to sweep close September 1 - EarthSky - August 13th, 2017
- 'Women computers' often couldn't use Harvard's telescope. They changed astronomy anyway - The Boston Globe - August 12th, 2017
- Moon on its way to the eclipse - EarthSky - August 12th, 2017
- Local astronomy professionals, fans will travel the country for solar eclipse - Press of Atlantic City - August 12th, 2017
- Perseids meteor shower: How and where to see tonight's shooting stars - Irish Times - August 12th, 2017
- Colorado Springs author relates account of eclipse that 'changed astronomy' - Colorado Springs Gazette - August 12th, 2017
- Total eclipse in the hearts of astronomy fans at Ohio State - The Ohio State University News (press release) - August 11th, 2017
- Two space rocks will (safely!) buzz Earth this fall - SYFY WIRE (blog) - August 11th, 2017
- IU Northwest astronomy professor explains fascination with upcoming solar eclipse - Chicago Tribune - August 11th, 2017
- Is this the first picture of an eclipse? - Astronomy Magazine - August 10th, 2017
- Astronomers find pristine dark asteroids lurking in the inner belt - Astronomy Magazine - August 10th, 2017
- What Solar Eclipses Have Taught Us About the Universe - TIME - August 10th, 2017
- Do you have questions about Laser SETI and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence? - Astronomy Magazine - August 10th, 2017
- Hint of relativity effects in stars orbiting centre of galaxy - Astronomy Now Online - August 10th, 2017
- Four Exoplanets Detected around Nearby Star Tau Ceti - Sci-News.com - August 10th, 2017
- Ron Olowin, Saint Mary's physics, astronomy professor, dies - East Bay Times - August 9th, 2017
- The Sun's core rotates faster than its surface - Astronomy Magazine - August 9th, 2017
- 2 astronomy events this week in Arlington - Arlington Times - August 9th, 2017
- UC Irvine astronomers make a hundred million discoveries black ... - OCRegister - August 9th, 2017
- Villanova astronomy professor gears up for solar eclipse - Main Line - August 9th, 2017
- Giant, Extremely Bright Storm System Spotted in Neptune's Atmosphere - Sci-News.com - August 9th, 2017
- Astronomers just mapped the inside of a supernova - Astronomy Magazine - August 7th, 2017
- Fake eclipse glasses 'flooding' market, astronomy group says - Palm Beach Post (blog) - August 7th, 2017
- Horseshoe galaxies and hand grenades - SYFY WIRE (blog) - August 7th, 2017
- Family astronomy day coming to MSU center in Midland - Midland Daily News - August 7th, 2017
- How Blind Astronomers Will Observe the Solar Eclipse - The Atlantic - August 6th, 2017
- New Horizons may visit twice the object for the same price - Astronomy Magazine - August 5th, 2017
- Solar eclipse and meteor shower just two of many astronomical events to be seen in August - Globalnews.ca - August 5th, 2017
- Great American Eclipse 101: Bill Nye and Two Astronomy Whiz Kids Talk Solar Science - Parade - August 4th, 2017
- View Amazing Images From 2017's Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition - Houston Press - August 4th, 2017
- Local astronomy professors share eclipse tips - Spartanburg Herald Journal - August 4th, 2017
- Storm chasing time-lapse video: Pursuit - SYFY WIRE (blog) - August 4th, 2017
- Astronomy magazine's interactive eclipse 2017 widget - Astronomy Magazine - August 3rd, 2017
- Breakthrough Starshot takes its first step toward interstellar travel ... - Astronomy Magazine - August 3rd, 2017
- Episode of iconic astronomy programme The Sky At Night filmed in Devon - Devon Live - August 3rd, 2017
- Hubble detects exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere - Astronomy Now Online - August 3rd, 2017
- Astronomers find the (maybe) smallest star ever seen. - SYFY WIRE (blog) - August 3rd, 2017
- Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest attracts out-of-this-world images - Digital Trends - August 3rd, 2017
- In pictures: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 - BBC News - BBC News - August 2nd, 2017
- How to watch the total solar eclipse online - Astronomy Magazine - August 2nd, 2017
- Astronomy fan Allan Jones donates eclipse glasses for local students - WDEF News 12 - August 2nd, 2017
- Moon Express Looks To Astronomy For Lunar Foothold ... - Aviation Week - August 2nd, 2017
- CSU alum: 1878 eclipse gave birth to high-altitude astronomy - Source - August 2nd, 2017
- Heritage protection honour for Jodrell Bank observatory astronomy site - Yorkshire Post - August 2nd, 2017
- Former astronomy professor and Madison Library team up for eclipse seminars - Rexburg Standard Journal - August 1st, 2017
- So the eclipse is coming and you suddenly want to be an astronomer. Here's what they actually do. - Washington Post - August 1st, 2017
- Is There a Giant Planet Lurking Beyond Pluto? - IEEE Spectrum - IEEE Spectrum - August 1st, 2017