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I've got your missing links right here (18 February 2012)

Not Exactly Rocket ScienceBy Ed YongFeb 18, 2012 5:00 PM


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Top picks The second science-of-mysteries tryptich by Deborah Blum, Jennifer Ouellette, and Ann Finkbeiner Top 10 reasons Erik Klemetti loves volcanoes, and you should too Oxytocin is not a "love hormone". It's much more complicated than that. My new feature for New Scientist – you’ll need to register, but it’s free. Woman gets a jaw transplant. Her jaw was printed with a 3-D printer A long feature from Atlantic Magazine about Toxoplasma gondii’s sway over us. I’m not entirely convinced by the personality changes stuff but this is a good read. Two rival features on the same story - the Zanesville zoo break - in GQ and Esquire. Compare and contrast. Carl Zimmer profiles the aptly named Joy Reidenberg, arch-dissector from Inside Nature's Giants Here's a song that hasn't been heard for 165 million years - the reconstructed call of a Jurassic cricket Marvellous parody paper about neuropsychoanalysis and fMRI, via NeuroSkeptic Wonderful. 10-yr-old girl discovers new molecule by pissing around with modelling kit, gets published "When it comes to viruses can we really calculate ratios of costs to benefits?" – Carl Zimmer on the bird flu controversy A superb mini-profile of the animator behind those bizarre Taiwanese CG news videos by Eliza Strickland Maryn McKenna has a new feature on Robert Daum, a man who's trying to make an MRSA vaccine. What the mysterious death of a 3,500-year-old tree can teach us about impermanence & deep time If not for a virus, none of us would ever have been born, by Carl Zimmer Good read about "battle-hardened climate ninja" Michael Mann and the siege atmosphere of climate science If a pill could erase your most traumatic memory, would you take it? Great feature by Jonah Lehrer Storming piece from Emily Wilingham on the idea of Asperger's as a non-disorder. Brings mother's anger and scientist's eye "The exhaustive rendering of our... patterns into data sets" – Charles Duhigg on how companies learn your secrets We've never seen this microbe before, but we have its entire genome. Amazing. Robert Krulwich on two deaths: a poet's and a beetle's. Beautiful Alex Wild tweets an insect photo that he took, discovers that he may have the only photo of a live member of the species and genus. "Every elephant that has ever lived started off as a single cell" – Brian Switek on what happens afterwards Kevin Zelnio’s heartfelt post about raising children without insurance in America’s ridiculous healthcare system. Good piece by Maia Szalavitz on daft plans to medicalise normal griefScience/news/writingWhat ocean question do you want to see discussed in 2012? Here's what some ocean scientists at Scio12 thought. The peppered moth and the final experiment of Michael Majerus America to collide with Asia... in 50 million years The tragic fate of the Brighton octopusStretchiest spider silk ever Extreme laboratories: what it's like to work *inside* a glacier "The brain is not made of soup. It's not made of spaghetti either" - Neuroskeptic on the connectome Tarsiers have secret ultrasonic communications SciCurious on Nutt's psilocybin paper: "nothing to address a mechanism... only a picture of your brain on drugs." Mini-chameleons, with the world’s saddest scientific name How can you tell if you’ve hit an Antarctic lake? Coeclacanths are not living fossils. Like the rest of us, they evolve Blood of cockroach -> fuel cell Kate Clancy talks about common myths about menstruation Alice Bell on debates, climate and otherwise: people with polarised opinions are often least interesting Is a blood test for depression possible? Or useful? "What's clear is that menstrual blood is not exactly a preferential food for black bears." Hack your mouth microbiome to get rid of cavities? From the Yeahbutwha? Files: polar explorers lured penguins with music to kill them for their vitamin C Sure, let's introduce elephants to Australia, a country where introducing wildlife has never gone badly Spider webs are actually stronger as a whole when some of their threads are broken Alzheimer's protein seems to spread like a virus from neuron to neuron Sociologists (and journals) behaving badly: pressure to cite superfluous papers Jonah Lehrer on a fascinating molecule and the enduring mystery of persistent memories Vote or nominate psychology findings you'd most like to see replicated Is the Open Science Revolution For Real? By David Dobbs Pigeons – feathered rats, or showcases of incredible diversity? Fallout From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Retraction Is Far and Wide Here's Petra Boynton with everything you wanted to know about penis size. And +1 for "cock quackery klaxon" How artists remind us of the ocean's fragility Trial of drug delivery by wireless microchip shows promise. We're going to shove this earthworm-based robot into your anus. Okay? To Boldly Go - a new blog on astrobiology at the Wired network. Delusional pregnancy - as common among men as women If you have a really big pile of manure, you really don't want it to explode everywhere Are zebras stripey to repel horseflies? Good news: the tracks weren't made by a giant frog! *cough*actuallyagiantseascorpionohlookisthatthetime*cough* A gallery of creatures that say no to sex Why We Can’t Just Get Rid of the Genes That Let Us Get Infected "There was no way the blind mice could see, yet they could." – Carl Zimmer on the sightless light detector in our eyes Heh/wow/huh "Dinosaurs are Jesus ponies" Google Autocomplete FTW "Consider the perceptual challenges inherent in the robotic manipulation of unseen socks" "The psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat... imprinted with stars" NASA releases alternative hi-res "Blue Marble" image for people who don't want their planet centred on America ;-) Onion: "Huffington Post" Employee Sucked Into Aggregation Turbine Want free-to-use silhouettes of organisms? PhyloPic is here "The false teeth disappeared inside the experimental nuclear power plant's landmark sphere" Heh. Loving Ben Goldacre’s approach to data visualisation Want to nuke your house? There's an app for that. Rice Krispyhenge! Shark eats shark Art by animals (non-human ones), collated in a gallery by one specific animal – Brandon Keim Corals aren't just lumps of rock. They're living animals. Here are some emerging after being buried in sandJournalism/internet/society The Atlantic gets more devastating internal docs from Susan Komen. Shorter version: lying A brief history of blurbs (those short, sound-bite endorsements on creative works) Embargoes and exclusives don’t mix: NYT story about Neuron study reveals a problem 'Mobile nature reserves' could save marine species from extinction Why is the African Savanna so full of thorns? Science, history and London's blue circles, by Alice Bell. Cool mini-photoessay Why bullied teens don't recognise "bullying" rhetoric The nuclear power plant that never was... and is now a tourist attraction It's not easy getting science into women's mags, as Hillary Rosner knows

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