This week’s news stories primarily regard the #BlackLivesMatter movement, science-y bits, and a splash of book news thrown in. Let’s get started, friends.
[Original publication date: Nov. 16, 2011] In response to my Ask a Nerd post, Lucia asked: I have a science question that is very unpopular. I do not mean to be offensive, I really do want a good scientific answer to understand these ideas. So, here goes”: Is there a genetic basis for racial differences?
We’re on an LGBTQ bent again with this week’s newsy roundups, along with news about the Malaysian Air flight that was shot down and some recent obituaries. Let’s get to it.
Welcome to this week’s installment of science news, where we’ll figure out the origin of mysterious Martian gullies, find a lost city in Cambodia, and get the latest updates on women’s health. Plus, pretty Amazonian birds!
From a discussion of why scotch smells like Band-aids (hint: look at the phenols!) to a very timely exploration of the bacteria living on the vagina (am I allowed to use that word here, or will some Republican politician come at me for being vulgar?), this week has shown itself to be a particularly good […]
Last night, my science fiction choice for marathon-ing was based on nostalgia- I watched Farscape. As a kid, Farscape was a big, beautiful show, and one that seemed so grown-up while still being full of adventure. Watching it as an adult, I found that the way I appreciated the show changed to focus more on […]
In response to my Ask a Nerd post, Lucia asked: I have a science question that is very unpopular. I do not mean to be offensive, I really do want a good scientific answer to understand these ideas. So, here goes”¦ Is there a genetic basis for racial differences?
Last week, I decided to browse the New York Times science page for inspiration. They had a “Name That Scientist!” quiz, and well, I can never resist a good Internet science quiz so I clicked over.
Over the holidays, I told someone a story about how I was such an obese little baby that my parents called me “the beached whale” (they weren’t being dramatic, either; old Christmas photos show a tiny baby head atop a massive expanse of velour-swathed body). She replied, “Really? Did you know that the fat cells […]