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Whale Sharks in the News: Citizen Science, Migration Revelations and High Fashion

Whale Sharks in the News: Citizen Science, Migration Revelations and High Fashion

Photo by Sue Hickton via Flickr What do the world's biggest fish and the Big Dipper have in common? Believe it or not, the answer is math. One of the same algorithms developed to help astronomers study the stars in the sky is being used to conserve and understand whale sharks ( Rhincodon typus ) under the sea.It turns out that each whale shark has a unique pattern of spots located behind its gills.

February 14, 2013 — John R. Platt
Romance, Continued Fractions, and You

Romance, Continued Fractions, and You

A continued fraction....of love. About a month ago, I awoke from a dream totally psyched about the brilliant blog post I would write for Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb
My Sweaty Valentine

My Sweaty Valentine

It is Valentine’s Day and I want to talk to you about how you smell. This will not be a discussion about how your musky, earthy scent attracts a mate.

February 14, 2013 — Rebecca Guenard
Macaque and Dagger in the Simian Space Race

Macaque and Dagger in the Simian Space Race

Why does the U.S. suspect Iran of faking their monkey space flight? Because we did it first. "Iranian Space Monkey (Espionage)" by Nathaniel Gold It was a blistering hot summer, as it usually is in that part of the world.

February 14, 2013 — Eric Michael Johnson
Interlude: What Vehicles Say About Temperatures Within a Volcanic Blast

Interlude: What Vehicles Say About Temperatures Within a Volcanic Blast

In our previous installment regarding the effects of the May 18th, 1980 Mount St. Helens directed blast on vehicles, we learned a valuable lesson. I will call upon commenter Angusum from Boing Boing to sum up: "The main thing we learn from studying vehicles trapped in the path of a volcanic eruption is that you should try very hard not to get trapped in the path of a volcanic eruption." Indeed.

February 14, 2013 — Dana Hunter
Guest Post: Burning Buried Sunshine

Guest Post: Burning Buried Sunshine

Oil – The Least Efficient Source of Energy By Scott McNally Solar energy is often criticized for its inefficiency – that only about 10% of the sunlight that hits a common commercial solar panel will be converted into electricity.

February 14, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Rinjani scops owl: New owl species discovered in Indonesia

Rinjani scops owl: New owl species discovered in Indonesia

The new species on Lombok - the Rinjani scops owl (Otus jolandae). Credit: Philippe Verbelen A new species of owl called the Rinjani scops owl has been discovered, and it’s unique to the tiny Indonesian island of Lombok.Until fairly recently, it was common practice for scientists to identify owl species based largely on their plumage and morphology.

February 13, 2013 — Becky Crew
Some musings on Jonah Lehrer's $20,000 "meh culpa".

Some musings on Jonah Lehrer's $20,000 "meh culpa".

Remember some months ago when we were talking about how Jonah Lehrer was making stuff up in his "non-fiction" pop science books? This was as big enough deal that his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, recalled print copies of Lehrer's book Imagine , and that the media outlets for which Lehrer wrote went back through his writing for them looking for "irregularities" (like plagiarism -- which one hopes is not regular, but once your trust has been abused, hopes are no longer all that durable).Lehrer's behavior was clearly out of bounds for anyone hoping for a shred of credibility as a journalist or non-fiction author.

February 13, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

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