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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, io9.com. 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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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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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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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 Time.com. 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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Welcome to Raleigh Video for ASTC

Brian Malow and the Daily Planet

In my day job – a phrase that still doesn’t roll off the tongue, having been a freelancer for two decades – I work at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Next year, our museum will be host to the biggest conference in the museum world. ASTC is the Association of Science-Technology [...]

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The Higgs Boson Walks Into a Church…

Higgs Boson Walks Into a Church joke-Brian Malow

In honor of Peter Higgs and Francois Englert being awarded the Nobel Prize in physics 48 years after they predicted the existence of the Higgs Boson, here’s all I have to say on the matter: To see the joke in action/context, here’s a stand up routine of mine that’s been online since 2009. I was [...]

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Stunning Live Visual Effects in Box

Box

Wow. This is the most awesome thing I saw yesterday, even though I watched – and enjoyed – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This short video entitled, “Box,” packed a bigger punch in five minutes than Joss Whedon and ABC did in an hour. Invoking the classic Arthur C. Clarke line, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable [...]

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Olinguito: New Kid on the Block

Olinguito

The olinguito has become a science media darling this past week. And why not? It’s small and furry and doesn’t look quite like anything you’ve seen before. Unless you’ve seen an olingo. Olingos are relatively obscure relatives of the more popular raccoon. They live up in rainforest canopies of South America, and are mostly active [...]

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