They appear across times and cultures—and our fascination with them may have both evolutionary and paleontological origins
A new analysis of fossil beasts adds a new wrinkle to the story of when the Age of Mammals really took off
It's not just bad storytelling—it’s because the storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological
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3D printing is hot right now. The promises of customization and its potential to disrupt the market are of great interest. It's being exploited by scientists to help them print lab supplies at a reduced costs, because as anyone who has worked in a lab knows, some small specialized pieces of plastic can be ridiculously expensive...
There was a lot going on in the physics corners of the Internet this week, including one of the finest examples of spontaneous public communication of science in the wild that I've seen in recent months.Remember when baseball superstar Jose Canseco took to Twitter to lay out his theory for why dinosaurs were big and launched a tsunami of rather mean-spirited snark?...
You've heard us regularly crying for help here in North Carolina as our legislature has tried to turn science on its head. So, committed to keeping you posted, we here at the Plugged In Reign of Error desk thought you'd want to know what's up.For a moment, anyhow, our governor and his vetoproof Republican majorities in the state house and senate had stopped assaulting science outright...
I minored in physics in college, and ever since then I have had a lively interest in the subject and its history. Although initially trained as an organic chemist, part of the reason I decided to study computational and theoretical chemistry is because of their connections to physics by way of quantum chemistry, electrostatics and statistical thermodynamics...
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, talking about a trematode that will shrink your gonads and take your penis in the bargain. The tongue eating parasite can, well, eat it.
Editor’s note: Researchers exploring Mars via rover and satellite have to adapt to the longer day on the Red Planet. Katie Worth, whose Can Earthlings Adapt to the Longer Day on Mars?
Practice makes progress, if not perfection, for most things in life. Generally, practicing a skill—be it basketball, chess or the tuba—mostly makes you better at whatever it was you practiced...
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