I am so not giving that Bieber miscreant more press, so let’s get on to some actual news stories, both political and entertaining.
Bacon, the Official Food of the Internet (meat division) is in trouble – and it’s not alone! This week saw several news stories about the potential impacts of climate change and increased carbon dioxide emissions on the foods we eat. From the sea to the land, our delicious meats and some of our delicious grains seem to be feeling the effects of a changing world. What exactly these changes mean for us and for the ecosystem is still murky, but observing and tracking them now is crucial for our ability to adapt to them. Read More Climate Change on Our Dinner Plates
There are a lot of places to get science news on the internet, but not all of them are created equal. Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite sources. Some are informative, and others are just plain fun, but all of them will leave you feeling a bit smarter. Read More Where (and How) to Read Science on the Internet
Unless you’re totally and completely uninterested in any news whatsoever, you’ve probably heard about the announcement from CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) that experiments in the Large Hadron Collider have found some pretty strong evidence for the existence of the Higgs particle. Scientists will spend several more months to fully confirm the discovery, but right now things are looking good. But, as with much theoretical physics (now no longer quite so theoretical),the question remains – why do we care? Read More About the Higgs Boson by a Biologist
Lots of interesting science news has been making the rounds this week and I just couldn’t choose only one new study to focus on. So, I did what any normal over-achiever does (you all know what I’m talking about) and chose two of them (hm, just two? Maybe I’m not an overachiever). Now, let’s go from weather trends to the workings of the human mind. Read More Science Shorts: Weather, and a Little Bit of the Human Mind
Several interesting new scientific studies have been released in the last two weeks. Standards for science education in the United States have been examined and were largely found to be woefully inadequate, the mother of modern racehorses has been found, and the biggest mammal on earth shows no sign of stopping its growth. In addition, Russian researchers in Antarctica just announced that their drills have reached a subglacial lake that’s been sealed off from the outside world for 14 million years. Cool!
This week has brought a lot of really cool science news. Goldilocks planets! Rediscovering lost bumblebees! Toads that can predict earthquakes! Black holes ten times the size of our galaxy! Mapping Antarctica! Oh my! Read More Science News Roundup: 12/7