1. When Sperm Whales ruled! Or, The precariousness of being the biggest predator in a changing world.
2. The deep dark Atlantic is a living hotbed of biological diversity.
3.The whales are screaming over noise pollution.
4. In the rush to protect the Gulf Coast, sea bird nests are being trampled.
5. The best map of the night sky yet, and what it can tell us about the formation of the universe.
6. How blogs by scientists (not geeks like us) can help science.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Having a young daughter has changed how I view the world, and how I view science.
Many of the most important discoveries in science and technology have been made by women.
Radiation, the basic structure of DNA, the foundations of modern mathematical theory are just a few.
I've never thought of myself as sexist, but when I try to think of the names of women in science, I can't name more than a handful. This will not do when I am trying to inspire my daughter to follow in the path of the smartest people in the world.
And there were few people smarter, or more charismatic, than the actress Hedy Lamarr.
Not only was she the first star to appear naked in film, but she also invented the technology that underscores our wireless world - frequency hopping.
Heres a primer on Hedy from the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Hedy Lamarr, inventor and multi-faceted intelligence. Hedy Lamarr, Science Hero.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
1. This is how you do shark science! Live capturing Great White Sharks! I know it's a promo, but just look at that picture.
2. The diplomacy of dolphins
3. In Australia, even the crocodiles surf.
4. The scariest/coolest thing I've seen all day - Parasitic wasps can clone themselves inside of a host.
5. The moons of Saturn are the children of the rings.
6. Super physics envy - when sharks are looking for food, they behave more like swirling gas molecules than animals. Brownian motion come to life.