Fish Matrix! Scientists trap baby fish in virtual worlds to understand the brain. Awesome feature by Virginia Hughes
Incredible story by Paige Williams on a Florida man’s curious trade in Mongolian dinosaurs.
Some budding yeast I used to grow (Gotye parody). “But NIH don’t cut me off”
Tim Carmody’s elegiac, definitive profile of Aaron Swartz
The echidna’s penis has 4 heads, but only ejaculates from 2 of them at a time. AND NOW YOU KNOW
Michael Mosley shows you why your blood is a historical map that tells stories about past infections.
Praying, fighting, dancing, chanting… and penis cutting – the science behind human rituals. By Dan Jones
Awesome. The science of the Eurovision Song Contest. Stats show strain of economic crisis
H5N1 flu research will go on. There’s excellent coverage of the demoratorium by Helen Branswell and Declan Butler. Brandon Keim considers the embargo, and Deb Mackenzie chastises scientists for spinning the message.
This is an awesome way of teaching maths (and despair). Via Robert Krulwich.
Nature isn’t always red in tooth and claw. Sometimes, it may even want to hug you. By Patrick Clarkin.
New Zealand really ought to ban cats. Laura Helmuth makes the case.
A new chemical can turn a swimming pool into jelly. I LOVE the lede by Mark Peplow.
Ewan Birney’s playful take on his own paper on storing information in DNA for 10,000 years
Did this dolphin ask divers for help in removing a fishing line from its flipper? Justin Gregg analyses a cool video
Bloggers seek crowd-sourced help to reproduce chemical results deemed too good to be true.
Is It Time to Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease? Brandon Keim investigates
“Stop it, evolution, you’re embarrassing yourself.” My new favourite Tumblr by Mara Grunbaum
Sperm whales adopt a malformed dolphin into their family
Saving Tasmanian Devils From Extinction, by Carl Zimmer
Loving the animated rhyming alphabet of epidemiology by Jennifer Gardy and Tom Scott.
A new blog series today about the culture of different labs
Most Infamous Komodo Dragon Attacks in 10 Yrs
Supercool squirrels go into the deep freeze
A delightful look at the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace, whose letters are going online.
Editing consciousness, after the fact. By Vaughan Bell.
Great post by Danielle Lee on how many students are barred from science before they even get in the door.
Some good comments on this Nature thread on why The Royal Institution is still relevant today – I particularly like Lewis Dartnell’s
How to tell if a “shark in flooded city streets after a storm” photo is a fake in 5 easy steps
“Ed Yong has been unleashed upon the book.” I feel like some sort of power-up. Zach Weinersmith is doing a new book of SMBC cartoons – go support him.
For fans of this week’s BBC Africa, a post on pronking.
For the 1st time, scientists show brain recognizes our own smell based on MHC proteins
In this study, scientists watched naked babies fall over.
1) Mine asteroids. 2) Build stuff on site w/ 3-D printers. 3) ??? 4) Profit
It’s a Girl! Ancient Bird Was Ovulating Before Death
Mountain pine beetles have killed a space of trees equal to Washington State
Disco scallops are not scallops, but they *are* pretty disco.
Light in the womb controls eye development
Partridges have a fractal bib that tells you how healthy they are
You may be silent, but your brain wishes you’d STFU
Good piece by Chris Chambers on unnecessarily moralistic salvos in the big open access debate
According to Wikipedia, 0.0086% of the world’s population are “notable”.
Repeatedly running headlong into other people over a number of years: Bad
Gut bacteria from male mice protect females from diabetes
Mackerel Off ‘Fish to Eat’ List
‘Minimalist’ running style may be undermined by new findings from Kenya
A number of farmers in Brazil have swapped chemicals for wasps
Everything, It Appears, Is Not Everywhere
George Church is not, in fact, looking for a Neandertal baby mama.
Mike Shanahan on the awesomeness of fig trees
The judge behind the L’Aquila verdict explains himself.
Dean Burnett on the irrational nature of transphobia
Polynesians reached South America, picked up sweet potatoes, went home
David Robson responds to Language Log’s virulent criticism of his snow words article
Britain urged to stop supporting the trade in dead polar bears.
BBC Africa, a wildlife documentary, criticised for focusing on wildlife & not including people. I don’t even know where to begin.
Weird! Four-strand DNA structure found in cells.
Up-Goer 6: use it to help compose readable text
How can insects make a vaccine against viruses that infect humans?
Bubbling Organics in an Ocean Vent Simulator
Anti-vaxxer parents do 100% turnaround after son gets ill. Admirable and moving.
Konrad Lorenz once drew a picture of himself getting crapped on by a goose, and gave it to David Attenborough
Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #9: Snakes.
Photographing the world’s biggest tree – the giant Sequoia
Never leave your phone unattended with ‘friends’
A phylogeny of bread bag tags
A video clip of the hilarious squirrel from BBC’s Africa
The blogger’s burden…
Tigers maul snowman
I’d see this film
The Australian Outback from space
NASA Continues Search For Planet Capable Of Supporting NASA
Finally, a weather forecast we can all relate to (US-only)
“…first time he could remember cheese catching fire on Norwegian roads.”
Creative agencies: toe-curling.
How long could you safely swim around in a spent nuclear fuel pool?
Working Iron Man gauntlet shoots lasers powerful enough to pop a balloon
Here’s a crazy idea! Get actual experts commenting on stories of the week. Interesting but what do you at home think?
Amnesty UK’s review of Zero Dark Thirty
With great investigative journalism comes… a mediocre e-book.
Outlining in Reverse – a technique for writers
The Internet, ladies and gentlemen. Or possibly the NYT.
Brilliant interview with David Quammen on turning research into story.
Why can’t BBC News do long explainers instead of repetition? asks Ben Goldacre
3000 word feature on Oxbridge earns 545 word correction.
Great idea from Rose Eveleth, Bora Zivkovic and Ben Lillie to support science-related multimedia
The Viral-Media Prof Whose Kids Got 1 Million Facebook Likes (and a Puppy)
“I want the world to scroll this way. It’s hard to read on the web.”
This is the worst lede in the history of journalism. Also: trigger warning.
“Make stuff. The tools of journalism are in your hands &no one” cares about “your resume”