This slow-motion video of a cheetah running is the most incredible thing I’ve seen all…. Well, it’s incredible. Note how freakishly steady the head is! And focus on one foot – watch how much distance the animal covers between the foot lifting off and coming down again! And do NOT miss the end, where you see how it looks in real-time.
The closest planet to the sun has loads of ice! Amazing news about Mercury!
Human Evolution [Is Going Through] an Exciting New Phase – excellent piece by Brandon Keim
Stunningly good read about a man’s journey from earache to brain tumour to coma, and the ensuing end-of-life court battle.
The Lying Disease: Why do some people fake cancer online? An incredible piece on “Munchausen’s by Internet”.
Every single sentence in Time’s description of the Higgs boson is wrong.
The man whose brain ignores one half of his world
Top photo: the one on the right is a sponge; the one on the left is a frogfish. Just astounding
Great interview at TheAtlantic with Uri Simonsohn “the data vigilante” who has exposed fraud in psychology
This is how Pompeii died, and it’s not quite how most people think. Great piece by Dana Hunter.
Beautiful photo series of the sublime slime mould Dictyostelium, by Alex Wild
How do porcupines mate? The standard punchline is correct, but doesn’t even begin to cover it
Bugs! Antarctica! Lake! Life abounds in really very extreme conditions.
Two years with cancer – XKCD
A Tale of Two Scales: Big Rhinos and Giant Rhinos; a lovely evocative post from John Hutchinson
Experiments that run longer than the life of the researcher! (With Richard Lenski, who is still alive and still awesome)
Every wondered what the time is in Antarctica? It’s more complicated than you might think
Crocodile head scales result from cracking
An RCT of (false)-balanced reporting on the autism-vaccine story on beliefs about vaccines
Is everything we eat associated with cancer – study uses cookbooks to review the gigantic mess that is nutritional epidemiology.
Fantastic critique of the NYT’s oversold “immortal jellyfish” story, by Paul Raeburn.
This is not a Rubik’s cube
Solid response from SciCurious to bizarre, ill-advised idea of getting a PhD to BECOME a science writer
The Integrative Palaeontologist – what promises to be a great new blog about dinosaurs
Journal retracts fraudster’s papers, then publishes NEW paper from same guy that cites retracted papers & hides
Lovely bit of unfolding natural history: a tale of whelks and unfortunate clams
Italian team take picture of DNA with electron microscope
Siamese fighting fish gulp air to keep on fighting
Can we predict what proportion of scientific studies will replicate? One project’s gonna try
Ignore the lamentable Susan Greenfield & watch Daphne Bavelier on video games improving cognition
NASA backpedals on misreported claim about Mars findings.
Report on Diederik Stapel – psychology fraudster – blames the absence of a critical scientific culture at academic institutions. Meanwhile, Stapel is so sorry and ashamed that he’s writing a book about it
Does the world seem steadier if you’re a chicken?
New species of skinny, bug-eyed snake discovered in Ecuador
Fear Factor: Spider silk reduces plant damage
Amazon deforestation drops to record low
10,000 Hrs of Practice Won’t Make You An Expert: 10 Facts That Really Aren’t Facts
Barrel roll! A blue whale’s size doesn’t stop it performing underwater acrobatics to attack prey
Some… “scientists” claimed to have sequenced Bigfoot DNA. Next: chupacabra FMRI!
SciCurious is starting a guest-post series, for scientists who want to try their hand at science writing
On the need for robot ethics: “Your driverless car is about to hit a bus; should it veer off a bridge?”
Scientists say they can track early human movements over 7,000 years ago by analysing molecules in ancient poo.
New fossil reveals hangingfly that might have hid among Jurassic ginkgo trees
Brain’s ‘reading centres’ are culturally universal
Should scientists, particularly climate scientists, be bolder in public? By Alice Bell
Stressing out really does make severe depression worse
Wonderful, compassionate article by Vaughan Bell on the many varied ways people grieve
Can a scientific fraudster be rehabilitated? Why would we even bother?
From Charles Darwin’s pigeons to moon rock, London’s Natural History Museum celebrates its most prized items.
Great NYT interactive on the extent to which rising seas will submerge U.S. cities
Living cells enclosed in nanopyramids, interacting with others in neighbouring pyramids
Ten Amazon cities doubled in population in last 10yrs, swallowing the rainforest
No, smallpox virus has NOT been detected in 300-year-old Siberian mummy… just gene fragments
“Faked research is endemic in China.” Shi-Min Fang [exposed] 1000+ cases of science fraud
“This “scientist as monk” meme is hurtful and deserves to die a flaming death.”
The new coronavirus that emerged in Mideast before the hajj & then seemed to disappear has now sickened an entire family
The first law of thermodynamics is…
One for the editors. Note: irony.
The Nile from space
‘I Am A Brand,’ Pathetic Man Says
170-foot trampoline installed in Russian forest. Some bears are gonna be pretty confused…
“With Apple’s new “Letters”, we can write words like “cease” and “desist”.”
Work hard, kids: After his Nobel win, Niels Bohr was given a perpetual beer supply, piped into his house
Incredible Time-Lapse Video Shows Stars and Clouds Over Volcanic Island
Brilliant blue tree tarantula w/ yellow banding
Massive congratulations to Suzi Gage and David Colquhoun for winning the first UK Science Blog Prize.
The big news in journalism this week is the publication of the Leveson report. Here’s a take from Emily Bell arguing why it’s already irrelevant, and another good take from the Economist. And the Daily Mash: “The thing where everyone gets their news has promised to find out what a ‘Leveson’ is.”
Syria cut itself off from the internet, killed cell service-not good.
Pentagon: autonomous robots won’t be allowed to kill you, but they can spy on you and hack you. YAYSES!
Onion’s ‘sexy’ North Korea story fools Chinese media
1st answer is AMAZING: If every US state declared war against each other, which would win?
Amazing economics article from XKCD
How a fake press release on a Google acquisition fooled the media
A new blog on science journalism from for great young journalists, in advance of next year’s conference in Helsinki
Well played, humanity. Buying coffee for the next person in line – Pay-it-forward in action!
How Google put work into Spanner—the story of the world’s largest database
“What is needed is the bravery to construct a horrible journalistic sentence which is nonetheless precise”
When everyone is a publisher, everyone can be sued – the Economist on Twitter
Macy’s parade: ‘Shredded police papers in confetti.’ Shredded *horizontally*?!?
Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume? Actually interesting
These professors who cracked an ancient 250-year-old code and found a secret society