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?
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- Pioneering radio astronomer Harold Weaver dies at age 99 - UC Berkeley - May 3rd, 2017
- Astronomers confirm nearby star a good model of our early solar system - Phys.Org - May 3rd, 2017
- Local astronomy club offers peek at the heavens - Scranton Times-Tribune - May 3rd, 2017
- How a hidden population of pulsars may leave the Milky Way aglow - Astronomy Magazine - May 3rd, 2017
- Dark matter may be fuzzier than we thought - Astronomy Magazine - May 3rd, 2017
- [ 3 May 2017 ] NASA probe finds Saturn ring gap emptier than predicted News - Astronomy Now Online - May 3rd, 2017
- Students, teachers craft software to make astronomy accessible to the blind - UChicago News - May 3rd, 2017
- Astronomers Find Enormous Wave of Hot Gas Rolling through Nearby Galaxy Cluster - Sci-News.com - May 3rd, 2017
- Jupiter sits for a stunning Hubble portrait - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- A new Zooniverse project just found four super Earths around a Sun-like star - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- Your guide to the most habitable exoplanets - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- A cosmic 1st: Images of a black hole, and Astronomy Month 2017 - WTOP - April 8th, 2017
- Get ready for our first image of a black hole - Astronomy Magazine - April 8th, 2017
- Friday, April 7 is Statewide Astronomy Night [LINKS] - WDET - April 8th, 2017
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- Solar Eclipse Featured at Astronomy Day on April 29 - YubaNet - April 8th, 2017
- Could Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Extragalactic Light Sails? - Sci-News.com - March 12th, 2017
- Saturn's peculiar moon Pan pictured - Astronomy Now Online - March 12th, 2017
- BREAKING NEWS: Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, doesn't think carbon dioxide is the main driver of global warming - Blastr - March 12th, 2017
- Chinese astronomy - Wikipedia - March 11th, 2017
- Rosliston Astronomy Group hit observatory fund-raising target of 20000 - Burton Mail - March 11th, 2017
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- Astronomy and Celestial Navigation - Fredericksburg Today - March 11th, 2017
- No, aliens haven't invaded Saturn: It's Pan, the flying saucer moon! - Blastr - March 11th, 2017
- Hubble solves the mystery bulge at the center of the Milky Way - Astronomy Magazine - March 10th, 2017
- Seeing the Treasures of Messier's List with Mobile Astronomy Apps - Space.com - March 10th, 2017
- SARAH WILD: SA's astronomy centres to become one constellation - Business Day (registration) - March 10th, 2017
- Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars - Astronomy Now Online - March 10th, 2017
- If we assume global warming is a hoax, what should we expect to see? - Blastr - March 10th, 2017
- Kepler provides more information about TRAPPIST-1 - Astronomy Magazine - March 9th, 2017
- Crowdfunded pocket-sized astronomy camera is all set to ship to backers - Mashable - March 9th, 2017
- This is where stardust comes from - Astronomy Magazine - March 8th, 2017
- Pulsars may be churning out small reserves of antimatter - Astronomy Magazine - March 8th, 2017
- Cross-institutional research in physics and astronomy leads to best undergraduate student paper - Appalachian State University - March 8th, 2017
- Astronomy Picture of the Day - Official Site - March 7th, 2017
- A tiny little asteroid came incredibly close to Earth last week - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- Astronomers Deploy AI to Unravel the Mysteries of the Universe - WIRED - March 7th, 2017
- Star clusters discovery could upset the astronomical applecart - Phys.Org - March 7th, 2017
- Kepler's K2 Mission Helps Discover Five New Exoplanets - Sci-News.com - March 7th, 2017
- Meet the first African-American crew member of the ISS - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- Using Astronomy To Fight Urban Blight - CityLab - March 7th, 2017
- CXBN-2 CubeSat to embark on an important X-ray astronomy mission - Phys.Org - March 7th, 2017
- Asteroids are splitting in half and growing tails | Astronomy.com - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- Planetary scientists are turning up volcanoes everywhere they look - Astronomy Magazine - March 7th, 2017
- CXBN-2 CubeSat to embark on an important X-ray astronomy mission - SpaceFlight Insider - March 6th, 2017
- Astronomy 101 with Ron Thompson - PenBayPilot.com - March 6th, 2017
- Texas A&M astronomy group to continue 'Star Party' series Monday - Bryan-College Station Eagle - March 6th, 2017
- These strawberries aren't red. Seriously. They aren't. - Blastr - March 6th, 2017
- Researchers release the most meticulous map of dark matter ever ... - Astronomy Magazine - March 6th, 2017
- Famed astronomer ties stars to art - Plattsburgh Press Republican - March 4th, 2017
- Astronomy in pop songs - The Standard - March 4th, 2017
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 432: Geoglogic Ages of Mars - From Wet and ... - Universe Today - March 3rd, 2017
- See the Moon glide through the Hyades on 4-5 March - Astronomy Now Online - March 3rd, 2017
- Asteroids are splitting in half and growing tails - Astronomy Magazine - March 3rd, 2017
- The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Stars - Smithsonian - March 3rd, 2017
- Rapid changes point to origin of ultra-fast black hole winds - Astronomy Now Online - March 3rd, 2017
- Get Your Head In The Clouds At The GTCC Astronomy Festival - WFMYNews2.com - March 3rd, 2017
- Creamer's Field hosts astronomy night - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 3rd, 2017
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- Astronomy: Dark matter mapped -- ScienceDaily - Science Daily - March 2nd, 2017
- Astronomers Hunt for Free-Floating Planetary-Mass Objects in Solar ... - Sci-News.com - March 2nd, 2017
- Volcanic hydrogen spurs chances of finding exoplanet life - Astronomy Now Online - March 2nd, 2017
- Harvard Astronomer, Institute Offer Support for Students of Color in Sciences - Harvard Crimson - March 2nd, 2017
- ECCC astronomy group hosts star viewing Saturday - Meridian Star - March 2nd, 2017
- Astronomy Today, 8th Edition by PDF/EPUB download - March 1st, 2017
- Fast Radio Bursts Are Astronomy's Next Big Thing - Scientific American - March 1st, 2017
- Elon Musk is promising a trip to the Moon next year - Astronomy Magazine - March 1st, 2017
- Astronomy program aims sky-high with $2.4m grant - OSU - The Lantern - March 1st, 2017
- Ridgefield Discover Center to host astronomy program at New Pond Farm - Danbury News Times - March 1st, 2017
- Tidal Disruption Events Occur More Frequently than Thought - Sci-News.com - March 1st, 2017
- First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system - Astronomy Now Online - March 1st, 2017
- SpaceX announces it will send two 'private citizens' around the Moon in 2018 - Blastr - March 1st, 2017
- We're on the Verge of a Gravitational Wave Astronomy Boom - Seeker - February 28th, 2017
- Watch the 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse - Astronomy Magazine - February 28th, 2017
- Astronomers find evidence of rocky planets around a dead star and a failed one - Astronomy Magazine - February 28th, 2017
- Star formation on filaments in RCW106 - Astronomy Now Online - February 28th, 2017
- SPACE organisation to help specially-abled children learn about astronomy - Tech2 - February 28th, 2017
- Society names new observatory for Marion Oaks astronomer - Ocala - February 27th, 2017