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#SciAmBlogs Friday - Funny Lip-Synching, Natural History of Mistletoe, Kihansi Spray Toad, Video Games, and more.
I will be on vacation all next week, so next installment of the evening linkfest will come on January 3rd. In the meantime, check the blogs anyway - using the feeds, bookmarks or social media, or whichever way you prefer to keep up with your favourite science bloggers.
I've beaten up on opponents of gun control in posts published on the day of the Newtown massacre and again on Sunday. In both posts, I strongly implied that more guns mean more shootings.
Perhaps you've been hearing rumblings in the ether about physicists wrangling over black holes and something called a firewall: namely, that we should question our longstanding assumption that someone who crosses the event horizon of a black hole won't notice anything amiss until they near the singularity -- at which point they will experience what Caltech physicist Kip Thorne once dubbed "spaghettification."So if we aren't going to be spaghettified when we fall into the black hole, what will happen instead?
Mistletoe is frequently spotted hanging above lovers' heads in terrible holiday specials--but only during one month of the year. That makes it easy to forget that more than 1,300 species hang in forests year-round, parasitizing thousands of tree species around the world.
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today for this week's Friday Weird Science: the evolutionary psychology of romance novel titles. This does, indeed exist.
Happy holidays! As the year draws to a close, one thing I’m celebrating is the fun I've had helping put together the magazine I edit, Scientific American Mind.
Two American zoos have helped to save an African amphibian from extinction. The Kihansi spray toad ( Nectophrynoides asperginis ) was declared extinct in the wild in 2009 after its only habitat, the waterfalls of Kihansi Gorge in Tanzania, dried up following the establishment of a nearby hydroelectric dam.
[caption id="attachment_884" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Sarah Ann Anderson (left), Mariette DiChristina and banana get ready to do some science during a Google Hangout with Girlstart and the Google Science Fair.
Welcome to the end-of-the-world edition of Picks which does not highlight any articles about the end of the world. Go figure. What this week’s picks do highlight is unsurprisingly much cooler (and at times more serious).
"You slapped a fiiiish. Why would you do that?" "I wanted some seafood." At nearly 16,000,000 views at the time of this writing, this "bad lip-synching" of Edward and Bella is objectively hilarious.
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