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    Brian Malow Science comedian Brian Malow engages in lively conversation with scientists and writers for his own amusement and yours. Follow on Twitter @sciencecomedian.
  • Largest Flying Bird Ever?

    Dan Ksepka Big Bird

    With a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet, Pelagornis sandersi may have been the largest flying bird ever to grace the skies of the Earth. Gone now for some 25 million years, the current living contender for that title belongs to the Royal Albatross – at less than half that wingspan. Announced in a paper [...]

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    Annalee Newitz: Where did io9 get its name?

    Annalee Newitz and Brian Malow

    Today is Annalee Newitz‘s birthday (well, it’s still today in the most relevant time zone – uh, hers not mine). Annalee has been writing about the intersection of science and technology and culture for many years. It’s a busy intersection. Since 2008, she’s been editor-in-chief of one of my favorite websites, If you don’t [...]

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson at 85% the Speed of Light

    Neil deGrasse Tyson in Slow-Motion

    This video made me laugh harder than anything I’ve seen in a long time. Okay, except for some Louis CK videos. But for a non-comedian (allegedly)… this is hard to beat. Not that the humor is entirely intentional by the speaker. I had previously seen the original video – of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about [...]

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    Particle Fever, I’ve Got It!


    By now, I hope you’ve heard about Particle Fever. It premiered a few weeks ago – if I remember correctly, the same week as Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new Cosmos premiered. What a great week for science in the mass media. While it hasn’t gotten quite as much attention as Cosmos, it deserves to! It’s a [...]

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    Cats, Children, and the Box of the Future

    Box of the Future

    Children are quite a bit like cats. No matter how much you spend on gifts for them, inevitably it is the box – which had contained the gift – that seems to provide the most raucous and satisfying entertainment for them. Enter Exhibit A: And Exhibit B: It was a glorious Christmas. For Exhibit C, [...]

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    The Eye of Michele Bachmann

    Hurricane Michele Bachmann

    Ha! A nice comedic attack on climate change deniers from 350 Action. Link:

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    21st Century Horse-Drawn Carriages


    This was a great little Thanksgiving treat. Granted, it’s basically a commercial which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a commercial, but it’s fascinating nonetheless. David Schendel is an old San Francisco friend of mine, a filmmaker whose award-winning documentary “Yank Tanks” – about classic American cars in Cuba – aired on PBS [...]

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    Linda Avey on Open Access and 23andMe

    Linda Avey

    With 23andMe in the news this week, I thought it was a good time to share something I’d never published before. It’s a short interview with Linda Avey, co-founder of 23andMe. I spoke with Linda a couple years ago at the 2011 Open Science Summit in Mountain View, CA. I asked her a few questions [...]

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    Live Google Hangout with Dino Discoverers


    At approximately 2pm today, I’m hosting a live interview with Lindsay Zanno and Pete Makovicky, two paleontologists who just published their remarkable new dinosaur discovery – of one of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever found in North America. If all goes according to plan, the live Google Hangout should be embedded right here – but [...]

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    Space: The Private Frontier

    Brian at SpaceX

    Following up on the SpaceX launch videos I posted yesterday, I wanted to repost this video I made a couple years ago for In 2010, I visited the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. This was my second visit to their one-stop rocket factory, thanks to an old friend who works for the company. But [...]

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