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?
- Hubble captures massive dead disc galaxy - Astronomy Now Online - June 26th, 2017
- Take A Bite starts Wednesday with food, music, astronomy - Glens Falls Post-Star - June 26th, 2017
- Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program: Santiago ... - June 26th, 2017
- Astronomy: Chinese telescope illustrates that country's science investment - The Columbus Dispatch - June 26th, 2017
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 454: Things We're Looking Forward To - Universe Today - June 26th, 2017
- NASA is reviewing the WFIRST mission | Astronomy.com - Astronomy Magazine - June 26th, 2017
- Sky's the limit for astronomy festival - Echonetdaily - June 26th, 2017
- Would You Go to an Astronomy-Themed Resort? - The Atlantic - June 24th, 2017
- 'Ready Jet Go' Brings Science, Astronomy Activities to Port Canaveral's Exploration Tower Sunday - SpaceCoastDaily.com - June 24th, 2017
- Seeing double in the summer sky - Astronomy Now Online - June 24th, 2017
- New Hubble find challenges our ideas about galaxies - Astronomy Magazine - June 23rd, 2017
- This brown dwarf used to be inside its white dwarf companion. - Astronomy Magazine - June 23rd, 2017
- Jerry Nelson, astronomer who built advanced telescopes, dies - Paradise Post - June 23rd, 2017
- Jerry Nelson, astronomer who built advanced telescopes, dies ... - ABC News - June 23rd, 2017
- Bradford library to offer astronomy workshop - Piqua Daily Call - June 23rd, 2017
- Is there another Planet Nine altogether? - Astronomy Magazine - June 22nd, 2017
- Updated Kepler catalog contains 219 new exoplanet candidates - Astronomy Now Online - June 22nd, 2017
- WD 1202 is a weird binary: One of the stars used to be inside the other one! - SYFY WIRE (blog) - June 22nd, 2017
- Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge - Vox - June 21st, 2017
- Astronomy Festival On The Mountains - WesternSlopeNow - June 21st, 2017
- Astronomical summer begins - AccuWeather.com (blog) - June 21st, 2017
- Bringing astronomy down to earth - Mountain View Voice - June 21st, 2017
- Sexist Comments Spark Outrage at Major Astronomy Festival - Motherboard - June 21st, 2017
- India's First Astronomy Resort In Rajasthan Is Every Stargazer's ... - Indiatimes.com - June 21st, 2017
- A lecture on astronomy at MOG - The Navhind Times - June 21st, 2017
- Astronomer visits Marquette to teach kids about space - UpperMichigansSource.com - June 21st, 2017
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 453: Favorite Things We've Done These 10 Years - Universe Today - June 20th, 2017
- Wildfires in Arizona are threatening important observatories - Astronomy Magazine - June 20th, 2017
- Badlands astronomy festival to be out of this world experience - Rapid City Journal - June 20th, 2017
- A bright protostar lit up its sibling to life - Astronomy Magazine - June 20th, 2017
- Low-Mass Stars are Born in Pairs, Astronomers Claim - Sci-News.com - June 19th, 2017
- Astronomy club to host NASA ambassador Wednesday - Longview Daily News - June 19th, 2017
- Gravitational Astronomy? How Detecting Gravitational Waves ... - Universe Today - June 19th, 2017
- Selena screening, Astronomy on Tap and more events for Tuesday fun - Austin American-Statesman - June 19th, 2017
- Kepler yields a handful of promising planetary candidates - Astronomy Magazine - June 19th, 2017
- First Endowed Fund at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center - Big Island Now - June 19th, 2017
- Lightning round of astronomy news - Fox 28 - June 17th, 2017
- The central peaks of Tycho - Blastr - June 17th, 2017
- Chinese astronomy satellite placed into orbit by Long March rocket - Spaceflight Now - June 16th, 2017
- Prairie Astronomy Club will have solar telescopes set up - Lincoln Journal Star - June 16th, 2017
- IMAX at the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Institution - June 16th, 2017
- Best stargazing spots in Northern Virginia - June 16th, 2017
- Planetarium sees solar eclipse as opportunity to raise interest in astronomy - Deseret News - June 16th, 2017
- Astronomers see mysterious nitrogen area in a butterfly-shaped star formation disk - Phys.Org - June 16th, 2017
- Jupiter has two new moons | Astronomy.com - Astronomy Magazine - June 16th, 2017
- Total eclipse of a planet | Astronomy.com - Astronomy Magazine - June 16th, 2017
- Astronomy Day planned for Saturday in Concordia - Salina Journal (subscription) - June 16th, 2017
- Stars may all be born in pairs and lose their siblings later - Astronomy Magazine - June 16th, 2017
- Using Astronomy to Prospect for Asteroids Could Help Us Mine the ... - Seeker - June 16th, 2017
- Galaxies are locked in place by their surroundings - Astronomy Magazine - June 14th, 2017
- The Future Of Astronomy: Thousands Of Radio Telescopes That Can See Beyond The Stars - Forbes - June 14th, 2017
- Mining the Heavens: Astronomers Could Spot Asteroid Prospects - Space.com - June 14th, 2017
- Get a sneak peak of August's total solar eclipse - Astronomy Magazine - June 14th, 2017
- Hubble spies on nearby brown dwarfs - Astronomy Magazine - June 13th, 2017
- Inquiring minds rewarded - Harvard Gazette - June 13th, 2017
- Astronomy: Bending light and dead stars - The Sydney Morning Herald - June 13th, 2017
- ALMA Observes Massive Protostar in Kleinmann-Low Nebula - Sci-News.com - June 13th, 2017
- Stalwart of astronomy and proud family man - Gisborne Herald - June 12th, 2017
- Stein 2051B Shows How Gravity Can Bend Starlight - Sci-News.com - June 12th, 2017
- Solar astronomy buffs warming up for August eclipse - Anniston Star - June 11th, 2017
- Hubble applauds waltzing dwarfs - Astronomy Now Online - June 11th, 2017
- Forest Service cancels astronomy programs at heliport - Union Democrat - June 10th, 2017
- When art and astronomy mix - Astronomy Magazine - June 9th, 2017
- Ingredient of life found around infant Sun-like stars - Astronomy Now Online - June 9th, 2017
- The TRAPPIST-1 system may have formed pebble-by-pebble ... - Astronomy Magazine - June 9th, 2017
- Help Astronomers Track a Giant, Ringed Planet - Sky & Telescope - June 9th, 2017
- Astronomers weigh a white dwarf using gravitational lensing - Astronomy Magazine - June 8th, 2017
- Astronomers explain the formation of seven exoplanets around Trappist-1 - Phys.Org - June 8th, 2017
- We've just found the hottest planet ever - Astronomy Magazine - June 8th, 2017
- Astronomy - Celestron - June 7th, 2017
- Telescopes, Telescope Accessories, Outdoor and Scientific ... - June 7th, 2017
- Do stellar flares damage exoplanets? - Astronomy Magazine - June 7th, 2017
- Gravitational lenses reveal the universe's brightest galaxies - Astronomy Magazine - June 7th, 2017
- An observatory higher than the sky | Astronomy.com - Astronomy Magazine - June 7th, 2017
- Summer Astronomy, Minimoon & Saturn Opposition 2017 - Universe Today - June 7th, 2017
- Astronomers find planet hotter than most stars - Astronomy Now Online - June 7th, 2017
- New Jersey Radio Amateur Receives International Astronomical League's Gold Certification - ARRL - June 7th, 2017
- Astronomy (magazine) - Wikipedia - June 6th, 2017
- MIT students propose Apophis asteroid mission | Astronomy.com - Astronomy Magazine - June 6th, 2017
- Extreme exoplanet: Astronomers discover alien world hotter than ... - Phys.Org - June 6th, 2017