Maggie Koerth-Baker has a new book about America’s energy crisis, its history, and what to do about it. It’s wonderfully written – funny, erudite, and a bit like the transcript of the most convincing bar conversation you’ll ever have. Check it out.
Erika Check Hayden explores the challenges that journalists face as science becomes increasingly complicated. This is 100 times better than virtually every other navel-gazing science journalism post. Read it
Tremendous piece by Sandra Upson – how Starcraft 2 could become a great game for studying cognitive science, and the science of expertise.
Evan Eichler on autism genetics: “The bad news is there is heterogeneity out the ying-yang.”
Some great video entries to the Flame Challenge: explain what flame is to an 11-year-old
On Twitter, I asked if pterosaurs could fly upside-down. Here’s an answer
My story for Nature News about how Yoshi Kawaoka created a more transmissble H5N1 flu virus
Could an evil genius really force a volcano to erupt on demand? Awesome piece of sci writing by Erik Klemetti.
150 billion pixels and 1 billion stars. Big doesn’t cover it. By Phil Plait.
Eating Wicked Tuna: Miriam Goldstein tries to figure out what the heck is going on with a reality series.
America’s Gardasil problem: how politics poison public health. By Matthew Herper.
Important Vaughan Bell pieces about the complex motivations for self-harm
A positive story about fMRI, by Kerri Smith, looking at the future for blobbology.
Erika Check Hayden absolutely nails it with her coverage of the new “genomes have limited predictive power” study
Building brains. REALLY good summary of many recent neuroscience discoveries, by John Rennie
When ants contract a fungal infection, they start LICKING each other& act as giant social immune system
This week I learned that we started using ferrets to model flu infections when a scientist infected a ferret with his colleague’s flu. The ferret then gave it to the scientist by sneezing on him. Also, from the scientist’s logs: “Ferret I looks somewhat seedy”
Enough awareness. Here’s how to change the world for autistic people. Great collection from Steve Silberman.
I like to think that most of my life decisions were leading up to the moment last weekend when this baby squirrel ran up to me in Richmond Park and let me stroke it.
Some climate scientists are engaging with their most severe critics. Keith Kloor on their efforts
A great review of Robin Sloan’s tap-essay on how to love things on the internet by David Dobbs.
The Quietest Place on Earth Will Drive You Insane Within 45 Minutes. It’s like the Total Perspective Vortex.
Top 5 fake scientific breakthroughs. Including “Smaugia volans”
What is science? A collection of quotes.
“Cultural mimicry“: a caterpillar that decorates itself with flowers
One small pill that can increase literacy, decrease absenteeism in schools, raise earning potential, and more. India vs worms
“Oh Lord, crushed-up bugs in my drink!” scream the type of people who eat at places like McDonalds
Well I’ll be. An actual evaluation of public engagment work in science, published in a journal.
Ioannidis ioannidizes scientific conferences. Are they worth attending?
Brazilian Scientific American declares homeopathy essential for human health, with a strong response from Mariette DiChristina, EiC of SciAm.
Dinosaur ants in line for the throne force underlings to do their bidding
What would your voice sound like on Venus? (If you weren’t choking to death on the air)
What the French do with autistic kids should shame the nation.
Inside the Smithsonian’s meteorite clean room
The mathematical description of snail shells and a marsupial snail
Monkey economics with currency of Jell-O, apples, & the Fluff taco
“The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks” a new ebook from The Atavst: “a hoot of a tale” says Tom Levenson.
Leaders of the faster-than-light neutrino experiment step down
Scientific incentives are all wrong – opinion piece in Nature
On the eve of their extinction, a good overview of the history of DNA patents
Desperate times call for… coral transplants
Whether we regard intelligence as fixed or malleable affects how we deal w/ stereotypes. Good piece by Maria Konnikova.
How London is preparing for the rest of you coming over here with your foreign germs
Good post on discussion of cancer genomics, and its tricky future, at AACR
“Physics envy?” No, that’s empiricism you’re talking about. Sean Carroll vs a recent NYT op/ed
7 ways animals use nanotechnology, featuring “corneal nipples” and snakes on a plane
An incredibly well-preserved juvenile woolly mammoth is causing excitement amongst scientists
A supernova pours its guts out.
“Easter is a particularly trying time for Richard.”
April Fool’s: Neuroscientists: We Don’t Really Know What We Are Talking About, Either
A typewriter that types colors
HA! A tool for analysing DNA methylation data, called MethLAB
Totally inept losers confident they can lock down the internet
The amazing interactive structure of a pterosaur
Excited about the Natural History Museum’s Animal Inside Out exhibition. Body Worlds meets Inside Nature’s Giants
Simon Frantz analyses his favourite science writing: Adam Rogers’ whiskey fungus piece.
Incredible. You can now shoot NYT commenters for points
YouTube ventures into three dimensions, (although its commenters still largely stuck on one…)
“Journalese is a separate dialect, which requires newcomers to put aside logic & bend basic rules of grammar”
Being a woman and writing for the Daily Mail is basically like punching yourself (and other women) in the face
Google demotes Google Scholar. Alexis Madrigal: “KHAAAAANNNNN!”