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?
- 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
- Astronomy - YouTube - December 26th, 2016
- Astronomy Cast - December 10th, 2016
- Astronomy Now The UK's biggest & best stargazing magazine - December 9th, 2016
- astronomy | Britannica.com - December 9th, 2016