The SA Incubator

The SA Incubator

The next generation of science writers and journalists.

  • Khalil’s Picks (22 November 2013)

    By Khalil A. Cassimally | November 22, 2013 |

    Another week, more great stuff. We have a great selection today which will make your weekend really really good. Dig in! -- A New Kind of Food Science: How IBM Is Using Big Data to Invent Creative Recipes by Aatish Bhatia Computers are constantly getting smarter. […]

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  • Khalil’s Picks (15 November 2013)

    By Khalil A. Cassimally | November 15, 2013 |

    Another really awesome week with everything from some some meta-science journalism stories to the wonders of rocks ants, crocodiles, dead satellites and Carl Sagan. Yep. -- Remixing Science by Paige Brown In his book Remix, Lawrence Lessig documents two different cultures in today’s media landscape: A Read-Only (RO) culture that has historically been the business model of the publishing, broadcast, film and music industries, and a Read/Write (RW) culture that has been empowered by digital technologies. […]

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  • Khalil’s Picks (8 November 2013)

    By Khalil A. Cassimally | November 8, 2013 |

    You've been waiting the entire week for this, haven't you? The first piece is a highly-recommended analysis of freelance science journalism salaries. Because you should know about money! Also in this week's picks: on-the-ground report from Philippines about Typhoon Haiyan, some maths, some cheese, some chemistry. […]

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  • Khalil’s Picks (1 November 2013)

    By Khalil A. Cassimally | November 1, 2013 |

    Candy! Candy corn? What exactly is candy corn?! This week's picks points you to the answer as well as to some super science writing filled with dolphins, octopuses, zombies, rhinos, corals and, umm, engineers! One little question before leaving you to such good stuff: what do you think about receiving the weekly picks in your inbox every Friday afternoon/night? […]

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  • Khalil’s Picks (25 October 2013)

    By Khalil A. Cassimally | October 25, 2013 |

    We're back in business! This week was pretty phenomenal with Shutdown's effects on science, evolution, history of sand, Google Flu, the chemist that is nature... Quick note before I leave you with this week's great reads. If you've written or read a story which you think is worthy of being on the weekly picks, do feel free to ping me on Twitter or email. […]

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  • Bora’s Picks (October 11th, 2013)

    By Bora Zivkovic | October 11, 2013 |

    Seeing Maps of Sounds and Smells by Rose Eveleth : Jorge Louis Borges once described an empire that wanted to build a map. But the maps they had seen before were not precise enough. They had too much compression and approximation. There was too much inexactitude. […]

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  • Khalil’s Picks (4 October 2013)

    By Khalil A. Cassimally | October 4, 2013 |

    This week on Picks, we've got a great selection: the science (or pseudoscience?) of sleep apps, Nobel guinea pigs, "clean eating," dinosaurs, the computer that smells and so much more... -- Sleep Cycle App: Precise, or Placebo? by  Jordan Gaines Lewis Thanks to the Internet, it's the age of self-diagnosis. […]

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  • Bora’s Picks (September 27th, 2013)

    By Bora Zivkovic | September 27, 2013 |

    Tibetan Uplift Fools Taxonomists: An Identity Crisis Solved by Anne-Marie Hodge : The Tibetan ground tit (Parus humilis) is a drab, unassuming little songbird. It makes its quiet living exclusively in the highlands of the Tibetan plateau. Although the bird doesn’t look like a troublemaker, it has been an ongoing source of taxonomic controversy for over a quarter century. […]

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  • Khalil’s Picks (20 September 2013)

    By Khalil A. Cassimally | September 20, 2013 |

    This week on Picks: prosopagnosia (!!!!), violent video games, delusions, white whales, a frog that got fried by a NASA spaceship, and so much more. -- Prosopagnosia: Why Some are Blind to Faces by  Jordan Gaines Lewis A few months ago, I had an hour-long conversation with Professor P in his office discussing his course that had just wrapped up. […]

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  • Bora’s Picks (September 13th, 2013)

    By Bora Zivkovic | September 13, 2013 |

    Guppies lie about mate choice to trick rivals by Anne-Marie Hodge : When it comes to sex among guppies, competition is high for those at the top of the game. To get around this predicament, a recent study has shown, guppies use trickery. Competition in fish of the Poeciliidae family (fresh-water fish to which guppies belong) is especially intense, because members of the species commonly mimic each others' choices. […]

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