Science online, harm-reducing space squid edition

It’s not easy being green. Photo by Twin Peaks.

Today’s save the frogs day—donate, cut your pesticide use, build a backyard pond, or maybe help an amorous amphibian cross the road.

  • Two (thousand) drifters, off to see the world/ there’s such a lot of world to see … Fire ants cross bodies of water by forming themselves into a raft.
  • Worse than fashion mags. Seriously. Want to give your teenager body image issues? Subscribe to a fitness magazine.
  • Orchids will do anything for pollination. An orchid’s brown-spotted leaves and rotten odor convince flies that the flower is dying from a fungal infection, so they’ll pick up pollen while trying to feed on the fake decay.
  • Babies are smarter than we thought. A classical developmental psychology test turns out not to document a bug in the way human infants think about the world, but a feature of social learning.
  • Harm reduced. The city of Vancouver has dramatically reduced overdose death rates by opening Insite, a facility that allows addicts to use drugs under medical supervision.
  • Cephalopod: A Space Odyssey. NASA will send squids into space on the final flight of the shuttle Endeavour.
  • Introspection with your natural history. Brian Switek muses on the future of science writing.

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