“If this were true adios theory.” Darwin’s margin scribbles show the evolution of a theory
It’s survival of the weakest when bacteria play rock-paper-scissors
The last Indian vultures, and the feral dogs that are replacing them
A fascinating piece about the real secrets behind Area 51 (no, really), involving stealth planes and a mystery illness
Thomas Knudsen carefully poisons a 3-week-old human embryo… in a computer.
What do you get when you put a terrorist inside of a brain scanner? We don’t know. Important piece by Virginia Hughes
“These critters are hell-for-leather, flat-out just gonna get there.” Wonderful David Quammen piece on animal migrations
The evolution machine: genetic engineering on fast-forward, a great story by Jo Marchant
Beetles with screws and nuts in their legs
How airplanes punch spreading holes in clouds, cause snowfall
The value of simulations – why crew/pilot errors have become a minor cause of plane accidents
Bacteria in Carl Zimmer’s belly button was previously known mainly for being in Asian soil. What has he been putting in there?
Electrocuting women who look at photos of their partners… for SCIENCE
“Garcia inserted the compressed-air hose & blasted the pigs’ brains into a pink slurry” The Spam factory’s dirty secret
“We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this.” PR campaign to play down Fukushima
X-rays illuminate fossil pigment
The failure spectrum, from Apple’s iPhone antenna to the Jamaican bobsled team to evolution
Crows never forget, and CROWS NEVER FORGIVE
A marketing programme for an epilepsy drug, designed to look like a clinical trial
Snake-eating opossums have evolved venom-resistant blood
Wilhelm Reich – the inventor of the orgasmotron, profiled in Slate
Finches tweet with grammar. Insert social media joke here.
Pics of the asteroid that buzzed the Earth. Damn thing probably scratched the mirror.
Tasmanian devils were sitting ducks for deadly cancer – and yes, it’s our fault
“The opportunity to get bitten by a ground hornbill presented itself to me… so who was I to miss out?”
Orca ears inspire all-depth hydrophone
Wildlife filmmakers use the fact that most species fail the mirror test to develop a hidden camera
Case of intense hallucinations triggered by, and of, faces
Intriguing. A design competition to re-design the food label
Hilarious vid of kids trying to resist eating a marshmallow, and failing
New Zealand land snail consumes earthworm in sudden, rapid attack.
Journal pulls paper on meditation and heart disease after “additional data” surfaces. Authors presumably calm about it
“Why’s this so good?” series analyses tricks of long-form. First up, Alexis Madrigal on Truman Capote. As good as it sounds
“Elegant bribery” – The fascinating Chinese art of bribing people with Chinese art. Also, step-by-step guide to forging
A kid’s view of marriage equality: “So what’s the big deal?”
“Influence scores” like Klout are complete nonsense – less-than-useless abstract numbers for fans of pissing competitions.
Splendid rant against the “aural ordure” that is UK train and station announcements
Gay Girl in Damascus hoaxer accused of defending himself with new persona, says it was a visiting friend
In 1906, people thought that in 2006, we’d have too much leisure time, with 16 hour work weeks