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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Much has been written about the continuing disappearance of the honey bee, the corresponding demise of commercial beekeeping and the various culprits that account for the decline or colony collapse disorder (CCD) as it is known in the trade...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Testing Kids DNA, medical apps, Einstein Writings, 3-D Printed Octopus Suckers, Stormwater, ENCODE, and more.
- Ricki Lewis - New Guidelines on Testing Kids’ DNA – the Cliff’s Notes Version - Carly Goldstein - There’s an App for That: Policy and Technological Advances in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Ashutosh Jogalekar - ENCODE, Apple Maps and function: Why definitions matter and Physics Nobel Prizes and second acts - John R...
We’re all excited by, and interested in, ‘new’ species; that is, those that have been discovered and named within recent years, with “recent years” variously being considered synonymous with “since 2000”, “since the 1970s”, or “since 1899/1900”.In the modern age, species discovered within the 20 th century are generally considered ‘surprising’ and ‘recent’, and we often refer to them when making the point that new species are surely still out there to find...
The Countdown, Episode 16 - Supernova Space Rays, Liquid Lunar Mystery, Red Dwarf Exoplanets, Name Pluto's Moons, Meteor Attack from Space
[The text below is a modified transcript of this video.] 5) Supernova Space Rays Here on Earth, we're under constant attack from space.
Since we're on the topic of zombies, a public service announcement:Most zombie ant photographs are upside-down.Few insect natural history stories capture public imagination as much as "zombie ants"...
Remember that news-making ENCODE study with its claims that “80% of the genome is functional”? Remember how those claims were the starting point for a public relations disaster which pronounced (for the umpteenth time) the "death of junk DNA"?...
Preserved colossal squid? Or alien from "Independence Day"? You decide. The colossal squid at the Museum of New Zealand in Wellington. Creative Commons Y23.
A couple of days ago I wrote a post discussing chemists who did significant work after receiving a Nobel Prize. The examples are few but noteworthy; accomplishing one significant piece of scientific work is hard enough, so if you manage more than one you should definitely be recognized...
Tomorrow night, Friday February 22 at 7:30pm, Cinefamily and and Cinespia Salon will present the latest installment of the their Science on Screen series at the old Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles...
Legions of animal-inspired robots are being created to improve military missions and disaster response efforts—from crawling cockroach-like RHex bots to leaping Sand Flea robots and the speeding Cheetah machines...
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