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From me at The Atlantic:
- Psychology’s Replication Crisis Can’t Be Wished Away
- The Most Promising Cancer Therapy in Decades Is About to Get Better
- How Viruses Infiltrated Our DNA and Supercharged Our Immune System
- Where the Whale Things Are
- Viruses Have Their Own Version of CRISPR
- The Origin of Left and Right
- How Evolution’s Innovations Can Help Scientists Yank Water Out of the Air
- The Evolution of Shaming
- Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself—Also Wolves and Bears
In this week’s episode of Flash Forward, Rose Eveleth’s amazing podcast, I talk about microbiomes, and in no way do I suggest or condone kidnapping Beyonce.
This lady can hear her eyeballs moving. An amazing story about a weird and debilitating condition. By Todd Bookman
A year ago, The Dress showed us how complicated colour and colour vision really are. Adam Rogers dives into the rabbit hole again.
How ancient coral fossils revealed the changing length of a year on Earth. By Kate Golembiewski
Why we often make the same mistakes repeatedly. By Olga Khazan.
Why stress makes your hair fall out–after three months. A really interesting piece on the life cycle of hair, by Julie Beck
“How undercover agents infiltrated the global black market for cacti.” Yes, INTERNATIONAL CACTUS SMUGGLERS! By J. Weston Phippen
The STAP stem cell scandal ended careers and one life. Dana Goodyear tells its tragic story.
Julie Beck meets the people who are studying and categorising coincidences.
On stopping ageing. By Zach Weinersmith
Should you edit your children’s genome? Erika Check Hayden talks to parents.
We are more rational than those who nudge us. By Steven Poole
Illumina, the Google of Genetic Testing, Has Plans for World Domination
Cool, simple use of new tech: 3D-printing maps for the blind.
The stethoscope is iconic, but is it still useful?
The Quantified Welp: how measuring an activity makes it less fun.
On the controversy over detecting reeeeeally tiny amounts of DNA for forensic purposes
“Patients at hospitals that perform more autopsies suffer fewer major diagnostic mistakes.” Shame they’re declining
Always interesting to see the kinds of test that New Caledonian crows are terrible at
The life in one cubic foot of a coral reef. From a new exhibit by David Liittschwager, who did the amazing photos for my Nat Geo eye piece.
What one year of space travel does to the human body
The ancient magicks are failing. The old ones are returning.
“Findings could inform forensic science & development of innovative hair products.”
This is a story about a cheetah called Chewbaaka
A Science Journal Published An Article Mentioning “The Creator” And People Are Not Happy
Scientists Breed Pigs Resistant to a Devastating Infection Using CRISPR
Archaeologists are doing some outrageously cool things with data
A visit to a Polynesian island where the mosquitoes are disappearing.
These birds use alligators as bodyguards—for a gruesome price
“Problematic” fossil turns out to be oldest known example of life on land
Invasive Species Aren’t Always Unwanted
The correlation between brain size & their likelihood of being endangered
“Like it or not, Farahany’s findings suggest, neuroscience is already entrenched in the U.S. legal system.”
A fender-bender caused by a driverless car isn’t a big deal. But the first fatal accident will be.
Horses Can Read Human Facial Expressions. (And they don’t always like what they see.)
Ha! Cute little baby hands in 8,000-year-old rock art were actually… lizards
Helen Pearson talks about the astonishingly valuable resource that is the UK’s birth cohort studies
A Sea Snail That Moves Like a Flying Insect
“I’m surprised the video is getting the attention it’s getting”, says biologist about that knife-wielding crab. Er…
Invasive species could sail across whole oceans on pieces of plastic garbage
I was rooting for the robot to grab the hockey stick and retaliate
Why reporting on health/sci is a good way to lose friends & alienate people
“Somebody explain to me again why we have journals?”
Those extinct animals that looked like giant armadillos were giant armadillos
Delighted that Attenborough will be narrating Planet Earth 2; can’t wait to see what the film crews come up with
Seven poignant portraits of primates in their zoo enclosures
Neuroscience and the premature death the soul
Biologists are working on a replacement for slow, stodgy peer review. It’s a rainbow unicorn.
Not Every Drop of a Person’s Blood Is the Same, a Study Says
Why ‘vaginal swabbing’ your newborn might not be a good idea
One being friends with kids, yet not wanting any
Flies Could Falsely Place Someone at a Crime Scene. By Erika Engelhaupt
Two huge studies have just shown for the first time that a vaginal ring could be used to prevent HIV in women
Why the planet’s ancient past holds a worrying lesson about Antarctica
5 myths about placebos by Jo Marchant
Amazing close-ups show that chameleons are more than masters of camouflage:
Do Not Read About This Giant Hornet or You Will Die of Fear
Does Toxoplasma gondii alter human behavior?
I think she maybe didn’t like the film.
An Oral History of Dress/Llama Day
“The long-term absenteeism of Joaquín García” is a magical realism book waiting to be written.
“They described it as the sound of angels’s wings.”
This Tortoise Is 182 Years Old. So Why Hasn’t He Stopped History’s Greatest Atrocities?
A journalist summarizes her experience on a cruise for conspiracy theorists
“Good essays start with a question, a turning in the head.” Michelle Nijhuis on science writing.
And thus began the crazy remake of Homeward Bound
A is for Alphabet, Awww, Absolute power, and Adrienne LaFrance
London in five crazy maps
Bored God Tries To Fit All Of Jupiter In Mouth
Here’s the Onion on that gender bias study