Cancer is hard. This post is excellent.
Carl Zimmer has the best angle on the new story about Archaeopteryx’s colours: an embargoed tattoo
A secret group of Parisian artists break into museums & restore neglected artworks
X-Ray Laser Turns Up the Heat to 3.6 Million Degrees. That’s hotter than the sun’s corona.
People who regularly take their placebo pills are less likely to die than people who miss their placebo doses. Amazing.
Declan Butler has terrific piece assessing the claims in the debate about mutant H5N1 flu.
The Titanoboa Project wants to create a 50ft robotic version of prehistory’s biggest snake. What could go wrong?
Can a person actually survive being swallowed by a whale? An Ahab-like quest to find out.
GPS helps track what happens when vultures tear a human body apart. Forensic scientists have all the fun.
This is a great idea – two of Nature’s neuroscience editors are blogging about why they published specific papers. Transparency win.
Kevin Zelnio tells his moving and utterly unique story about how he got into science… and inspires hundreds of others to do so.
There’s a great discussion here on how people react to female scientists, following the ScienceOnline 2012 keynote speech by Mireya Mayor.
The sad saga of Little Albert has just got a lot sadder. A horrific tale of unethical science, and experiments on a mentally disabled infant.
Researchers watch as a virus learns a new way to infect bacteria. Carl Zimmer reports.
Charles Duhigg is killing it with his deep investigation into the human costs of Apple’s products
Unleash your inner dummy: Scientists would do well to occassionally let go of the mantle of ‘expert’
Famed palaeontologist Jack Horner, 65, has married his 19-year-old woman who volunteered at his museum. The joke about “ankylosaurus monitor” in the comments is wonderful.
It’s the 45th anniversary of the Apollo I fire – a preventable accident, but one NASA did learn from
Jessa Gamble’s epiphany: as a science writer, what she loves is not so much the science as the life of reason.
Nature News has an interesting feature on the paperless lab
Big trees are big. Bigger than big. BIG. And threatened.
Alain de Bottom wants to create a giant tower to celebrate atheism. You don’t need to build a massive godless cock, Alain. We have PLENTY.
Excellent piece pouring a health dose of skepticism on 3D-printing hype, by Chris Mims.
Prehistoric crocs kicked ass, took names, imitated dinosaurs
Very clear explanation of why many traits are caused by many genes of small effect
World’s only iridescent mammal is a cute shiny accident
The power of introverts: a manifesto for quiet brilliance. Wonderful.
How Dr. Seuss Got His Start–an illustration of just how important luck and chance can be
Whistleblower uses YouTube to assert claims of scientific misconduct
Wiretap revelation could aid Italian seismologists’ defence
The secret to a new, improved rat penis? Stem cells
Very interesting piece about the cultural factors that are holding back China’s science
Strange endangered primates you may never have heard of
Researchers study great white shark nursery
USA! USA! USA! 11 graphs that suggest strongly that inequality is terrible for society
First stem cell clinical trials are for eye diseases because it’s an alluring test ground.
Have you seen that tank-sized jellyfish going around? It’s big, but not that big.
Sumatran elephant upgraded to critically endangered status
How long is the longest running lab experiment? 85 years old.
A marine worm that infects whales AND humans
This really is the most hilarious press release. Scientists, YOU CAN ALL GO HOME. We’re done here. PZ Myers takes it apart. Ivan Oransky notes that the press release has disappeared from the university’s website. John Timmer investigates how it ever got published.
Bacteria that make explosives. What could possibly go wrong? Rob Carlson mulls military synthetic biology at Slate
Why do we want autistic kids to have superpowers? Great comments from Steve Silberman on Kiefer Sutherland’s new show.
Packing your nose with bacon stops bad nosebleeds. “Because of special circumstances.” What. The. Hell??
On small step for (Lego)man, one giant leap for a couple of teenagers
The biodiversity project – stunning photographs of the world’s endangered species.
Wonderful. What scientists actually mean in their papers.
The best Wikipedia page of the day
Why people shout at each other on the internet.
Geese can fly upside-down in a move called “whiffling”. Here’s a slow-mo video.
The planet: 8000 x 8000 pixels
If Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth.
More stuff from ScienceOnline 2012: a call to enlist in a war against misogynist a***holes from Kate Clancy; a really lovely piece by Barbara Guenard about what ScienceOnline is like for new attendees, and how we inadvertently set her up with a writing idol; and a set of beautiful photos from Russ Creech.
Twitter announces a new micro-censorship policy
Should respectable writers publish in Playboy? Good piece by AV Flox.
David Kroll’s blogger version of “I am not your [expletive] transcriptionist“. Journalists get this ALL THE TIME.
The BBC’s problem with science – an ever-provocative piece by Martin Robbins.
Your friends are giving away your location online.
“I sometimes think of this more subtle weaving of science into a story as a kind of subversive education” - excellent thoughts on storytelling by Deborah Blum.
O2 is accused of appending your phone number to every website you visit.
The First Woman To Go ‘Round The World Did It As A Man
Apparently, some journalists didn’t know that many press releases aren’t vetted by scientists