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“But how do expenses work if you’re a spy, doing secret work?” This is an amazing piece by Sarah Laskow about espionage and bureaucracy
More than 19,000 saiga antelope have died in Kazakhstan in the last two weeks, and no one knows why.
Fascinating piece on people who experience psychosomatic blindness or paralysis w/o any neurological problems. By Suzanne O Sullivan
“So you’re related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European… “ Superb piece by Adam Rutherford on the value (or lack thereof) of genetic ancestry testing. Featuring Charlemagne… and Hugh.
Antibiotics aren’t profitable to make, so who will pay for the new ones we desperately need? Maryn McKenna reports.
When did consciousness begin? Veronique Greenwood on the weird world of Julian Jaynes & how his 1970s theory of consciousness fares in the present day.
“6 Extra Pairs of Genitals Is Just Too Much of a Good Thing.” By Gwen Pearson
“Where are we headed? Is it really to Mars? Or is it just to Kazakhstan?” Elizabeth Kolbert considers the case for colonising Mars
“For scientists who study human evolution, the last few months have been a whirlwind.” Carl Zimmer on our blossoming family tree.
Butterflies Have an Extra Stomach Attached to Their Vaginas
Save the dementor wasp
I give you good odds that this won’t replicate
Moby Dick Got Busy
Caught on Camera: Swifts reunited after 9 months apart
A giant freezer in Antarctica to store ice, in preparation for climate change.
Replica early microscope shows van Leeuwenhoek saw what he claimed
3D-printed ‘fake’ eggs could help us find out how birds spot impostors in the nest
First bats successfully treated for White-Nose Syndrome.
A twist of poo? Caterpillar disguise strategy.
This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria.
A community turns to a massive fake orca in its battle with nuisance sea lions.
Office workers set up crash mats for goslings in Canada
Many ‘amygdala’ activations might be blood vessel artefacts
Bed bugs are an insect version of the vampire tale, and evoke that sense of creepy psychosexual invasion
Madagascar’s panther chameleon is actually 11 diff species, not just one
Kangaroos sometimes adopt babies. Is this a case of evolution’s imperfection?
The female mathematician who changed the course of physics—but couldn’t get a job
Mice develop thinner skin after just 3 months in space
“it’s not really anything we need in our log cabin.” Why physicist has put Nobel prize medal up for auction
A lovely, safe-for-work slide show about the biology of sex across the tree of life.
Volcanic eruption in Galapagos threatens pink iguanas.
Critically endangered dolphin has only 10 mature females left, and will be extinct within 15 yrs
Hacking the nervous system through the vagus nerve
“C’mon guys, tell it like it is: You’re making brain balls.”
Evolution is a grand process that works even on a tiny scale
“Science has taken a turn towards darkness“.
In this extraordinary case of mimicry, a harmless katydid, mimics the feared tarantula hawk wasp
Mexican jays ‘weigh’ peanuts and take the heavier ones
Thoughts on the Promises of Big Genomics
And I would’ve got away with it too if it wasn’t for you pesky archaeologists
US military accidentally ships live anthrax to labs
NY Centre ends support for Liberian chimps it used for research
Beautiful bubble snails, nudibrancs & other underwater wonders.
American falls down rabbit-hole of British slang, gets well confused. Hilarious.
The BDLPSWDKS Effect
Today’s word is “paracosm”
Using Twitter as a reporting tool, featuring me and others.
This is what it’s like to fall in love with a woman who doesn’t exist
Spot-on analysis of the ethical flaws and spurious claims of that chocolate hoax