March Sci-shimi: waves from the Big Bang and more

By Christie Wilcox | March 31, 2014 11:59 pm

Welcome to Sci-shimi, my monthly roundup of  great science online! Like a delicious, fresh platter of sashimi, these tasty links are meant to be shared —どうぞめしあがれ 

This month’s mind-blowing science moment: Gravitational waves—remnants of the birth of the universe—detected for the first time. Read how the discovery is exciting physicists, challenging old models, and leaving us in awe. (also, Sean Carroll’s excellent take, and follow up piece, When Nature looks unnatural.)

Best long-read: How malaria defeats our drugs, by Ed Yong

How animals see the world, beautiful visuals from Elizabeth Preston

Genes and the Environment—Emily Willingham explains what these words really mean

Wolves saving Yellowstone? Not so fast, explains Emily Gertz

Real unicorns—Carl Zimmer on narwhal tusks

Why feeding sharks anything—even feeding them invasive lionfish—is a bad idea

Poisoning our pets—how prescriptions affect our furry friends, by Deborah Blum

Clash of the Tiny—One Pushy Squirrel & the Turf War for LA by Jason Goldman

Pet reptiles and the dangers of Salmonella

Mosquitos are the deadliest animals on Earth—should we kill them all? Radiolab investigates

Spectacular fossils of Jurassic chromosomes 

Bats verbally fight for dinner 

Ed at TED (not for the squeamish)

Drug-resistant infections are one the rise, especially in kids, by Maryn McKenna

The science of kangaroo farts

Deep thoughts on yellow snow, from Malcolm Campbell

Art, inspired by science

The incredible evolution of trilobites

Black, flowing lava—the dark (and beautiful) dangers of geology

Shrinking salamanders, one of the many small effects of climate change

The best diet? Real food, explains James Hamblin

“I was mystified at the bull’s poor attempt to hide – until it dawned on me that he wasn’t trying to hide his body, he was hiding his tusks. At once, I was incredibly impressed, and incredibly sad – impressed that he should have the understanding that his tusks could put him in danger, but so sad at what that meant.” –Mark Deeble

 The largest ever land predator? New fossil makes T. rex look teeny

The Guardian gives the Great Barrier Reef an obituary

Will the newest court ruling really stop Japanese whaling?

Incredible images of a blowfly in flight

Oh the irony: homeopathic medicine recalled because it contained actual medicine

Doctors implant a 3D-printed skull 

The science behind a 68 million ton landslide in Alaska

Joe Hanson explains why the first human never existed:

Peacocks fake sex noises to get laid

Fascinating look at the evolution of flightless birds, by Darren Naish

Contagious yawning = empathy

Water everywhere, but not a drop for the sea snake to drink. Ed Yong explains how these animals from the land that live off of freshwater survive in a saltwater world

How our obsession with looks has made the strawberry less tasty, by Ferris Jabr

Epigenetic consequences of marijuana

Modern medicine ruins classic children’s books

Endangered Hawaiian geese, called Nene, spotted on Oahu for the first time in centuries!

Have something to add? Tweet me link suggestions with the hashtag #scishimi!

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About Christie Wilcox

Dr. Christie Wilcox is a science writer based in the greater Seattle area. Her bylines include National Geographic, Popular Science, and Quanta. Her debut book, Venomous, released August 2016 (Scientific American/FSG Books). To learn more about her life and work, check out her webpage or follow her on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook.


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