Does the DSM (the psychiatry bible) need to go back to the drawing board? David Adam reports
“You’re trying to climb rain, Peter, or sweep sun off the pavement.” – Vaughan Bell on diagnosing mental illness
In the US, guns killed 31,000+ people in 2011 but fewer than 20 academics study gun violence. Nature profiles one of ’em
Is China covering up a flu pandemic – or getting it right this time? Great long feature by Laurie Garrett
“Most important ecological experiment ever done.” Great Jeff Tollefson feature on forest fragmentation in Amazon.
Jumping genes: threat or menace? By Virginia Hughes
Describe our endless forms most beautiful… and win fabulous prizes!
A Virtual Pack, to Study Canine Minds. Carl Zimmer on the psychology of dogs
Epic photos of killer whales vs. sperm whales.
“Bad Blood” — the life and death of Alexander Litvinenko, by Will Storr. The latest from Matter.
Animal rights activists hit lab: swapped labels so animals will die in vain; released immune mutants that’ll die badly. Slow clap, you morons.
Wonderful David Dobbs piece on play, and humans as hypothesis machines.
Facebook’s “I F*cking Love Science” has a problem: it needs to start crediting artists, says Alex Wild. And Glendon Mellow assesses how different science-blog networks compare in terms of crediting image sources. Phenomena has no red, which I’m pleased with, but we could do better on links.
Q: What feels like democracy & smells like victory? A: Libel Reform
To convince scientists why they should use social media, give them the combined wisdom of Holly Bik and Miriam Goldstein
“Neurodiversity: just because a PC is not running Windows doesn’t mean that it’s broken”
African village gets medical care, villagers live longer & have fewer children, natural selection does U-turn
Management consultants, I have the PERFECT opportunity for you: a one-way trip to Mars!
A big cat did once roam Britain – it was a Canadian lynx, and Darren Naish has the story
“They were substituting food for sleep.”
This mathematician was basically a superhuman and her father was a lion tamer!
“The reductive, lazy sexism that pervades… science journalism turns research into a comment on the female form”
Can animals become mentally ill?
The Mind of a Con Man. NY Times long piece on psychologist fraudster Diederik Stapel.
For the first time, we can hear what Alexander Graham Bell’s voice sounded like
Alexis Madrigal interviews Christina Agapakis on synthetic biology, microbe-hacking and cheese
Kudos to Nature for taking a strong stance on tackling irreproducible science
Leeches are a hypothesis: Why it’s so hard to say what a species really is
More antibiotics may not always be better. Note Deborah Mackenzie careful 1st graf; responsible journalism.
In your FACE, Amazon. Experiment aims to steep rainforest in carbon dioxide
Sex with other human species might’ve been secret of our success
Jeremy Farrar to be the next Wellcome Trust director. That’s a good choice.
Declan Butler maps the H7N9 avian flu outbreaks
A bear of very open brain.
Aw crap. First frogs (chytrid), then bats (white nose). Now fungal disease hits snakes
Warts and all. Why do butchers get so many?
Radioactive bacteria attack cancer (NOTE: preliminary study, other sources skeptical)
Picture-winged fly quenches thirst on sperm
“Luckily, our science writers of the 1990s were wrong about almost everything.” (Click on “Science” in Wired’s Geekopedia.)
Nice to see TED taking a stronger stance against pseudoscience. Deepak Chopra’s annoyed which I take as a good sign
Old story, but amazing and new to me. Last Two Speakers of Dying Language Refuse to Talk to Each Other
“Meet the 28-year-old Student Who Exposed Two Harvard Professors Whose Shoddy Research Drove Global Austerity”
It Wasn’t Sunil Tripathi: The Anatomy of a Misinformation Disaster
Three years of NASA Sun observations in three minutes
Congrats to The Body Horrors blog as it joins Discover’s network.
Mini fuel factories… E. coli bacteria engineered to make diesel oil
Threatening Retraction Watch with legal action is just marshalling the Streisand Effect
“Why do kidneys need cells?” Good piece on jargon
“Neuroscientists are using neurons grown in dish to control simulated power grids”
Do NOT attempt to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon without water
A fish-eating four-winged shiny dinosaur
A boy is going to receive HIV resistant cord blood cells in attempt to repeat Timothy Brown’s cure
Adam Rutherford and Alok Jha having a longform chat on the origin of life.
An ant, doing its best scorpion impression
This is ridiculous! This slow-motion film of a trap-jaw ant’s bite is STILL basically too fast to follow
The worst corporate bollocks. “Going forward”? Why not just punch yourself?
Brains are tossers.
Koala fight: not cute.
NASA rover draws a penis on Mars
A glimpse inside an active volcano
Worst ever first day as a journalist
AWESOME! Tongue-Eating Louse Found In Supermarket Fish Freaks Out Unsuspecting Customer
Megan Garber on falling lifts and the origin of the smiley
Virtual science writing mentoring
“When was the last time the approachability of a male editor made for copy?” Emily Bell on the reaction to Jill Abramson
“This is ‘Me First’ journalism, powered by vanity/self-importance, and it is the greatest threat to True Journalism.”
Pulitzer Prize winning newsrooms spend 50% more on their newsrooms than the average.
“Bloggers with a turnover of less than £2m annually and fewer than 10 employees…” o_O
Stonehenge general manager sought: Must have track record of henge management