- If you are only ever going to click on one of my links, make it this one. I watched this slo-mo, high def video of cheetahs running with a big silly grin on my face and tears in my eyes
- I had never considered sleeping bees before. Pretty cute
- Sex in cheese
- Old article, but the strangest-looking flower I have ever seen
- An attempt to illustrate human consciousness geometrically
- Lots of people create art with microbes, but I never realised that Alexander Fleming did!
- A program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to integrate science and art, targeting 11-13 year old girls
- Life in the concrete jungle
- Creating the citizen scientist
- The hazards of eating wild mushrooms. Some friends of mine went to Italy on holiday, ate wild mushrooms picked and cooked by a family member and spent six weeks in hospital. I will consequently never eat fungi that wasn’t bought in a grocery store
- DNA sequencing used to halt MRSA outbreak – this headline skips a lot of the cool intermediate steps, in which they identify which particular staff member is spreading the disease through the hospital and treat them
- Why are Physics classes full of old stuff?
- Giving monkeys intestinal worms can regulate their gut bacteria, leaving them less susceptible to the monkey version of irritable bowel syndrome. Some discussion of using this for humans but I have an instinctive “ewww” reaction to the idea
- The role of non-scientists in science
- The belly-button scientists I mentioned in a previous links post are releasing all their data to the public
- If you’re not yet sick of beautiful microscopy images, FEI/National Geographic also held a recent microphotography competition. Many of these are at a much higher magnification than most from the Nikon competition I posted the other day
- Gelatin with excellent properties can be made using human DNA, but we may be too squeamish. I don’t think I would have a problem with this, but if any of my readers would I’d love to know why
- Fairy wrens teach their embryonic chicks a password to use when they hatch, so they’ll know if the small chick in their nest begging for food is a cuckoo
- Electron microscope vs food
- The U.S. National Wildlife Federation also had a photo competition. Great photos, this time on a macro scale
- Arachnid teddybears (with big teeth)
- A great blog post on the analysis of the complex belly button microbiome
- Adhesive from carnivorous sundew plant may help with human wound-healing
- Science is formalised humility
- James Watson’s evolving views (see what I did there?) on Rosalind Franklin
I’ve been thinking about the themes I tend to touch on in my links posts. I don’t post even a tenth of the science I come across, but sometimes I struggle to work out if a particular article or post is appropriate. I try to stick to the things I think are most relevant to this blog, which means microbiology and arthropods, with maybe a bit of stats. Going back through old links posts, it’s clear that I also love molecular biology, interesting or unusual evolutionary adaptations, science communication/education (what’s the difference?), ecosystems, and interesting accounts of research and technology. That’s pretty broad!
But, well, my interests in science are broad. I have an applied maths background, I’m researching in microbiology and statistics, and I work on communicating all kinds of science to kids. When I meet other statisticians I quiz them not on the models they use but on the scientific mechanisms behind what they’re modelling. As I become a more experienced statistician I expect to also want to talk to them about their models, but I don’t think I’ll ever not want to talk to them about the science that underlies their data.
Restricting myself to one type of science would reduce the fun of curating the links, for me. So for the moment I’ll keep posting this eclectic series, because I think they are worth keeping and sharing.
- The first complete evolutionary tree for all known modern bird species is beautiful (or here for the original Nature paper, behind a paywall)
- Art from protein chains
- I never thought I’d say this, but this is a pretty cute ant
- The evolution of blood-feeding in assassin bugs
- 13 horrifying ways to die (if you’re an arthropod). Hurray for #3!
- A great profile of Sir David Attenborough
- … and the 10 species he would save, if he had an ark
- The finalists in Nikon’s 2012 microphotography competition are all awe-inspiring. In the top 20 I’m particularly fond of #2, #4, and #5 but it’s worth going through the whole gallery
- Exserhilum rostratum, the killing fungus (a further exploration of the fungus in vaccine shots mentioned in a previous links post)
- Scientist attempts science journalism, finds it hard
- How research feels, in memes
- The science of natural blue
- Sometimes the horrifying things that live under the sea are rainbow and glittery. But still horrifying
- Honeybees bite. And how.
How the mantis shrimp can break through glass without hurting itself.
Mobile phone GPS data used to track the effect of human travel on malaria transmission. Awesome, innovative use of technology.
U. S. meningitis outbreak caused by fungus in steroid shots.
Golden staph now present in wildlife.
Species of shrimp, last seen in Europe and thought to be extinct for 40 million years turns up alive in Korea.