Fire ant: “Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.” Photo by AJC1.
- Have you signed the White House petition for open access? WHY HAVEN’T YOU SIGNED THIS PETITION? Go sign this petition.
- “… not easily translated or generalisable to the normal population” The case of a man who doesn’t forget anything.
- “A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain.” Insect stings, ranked by painfulness and described in poetic detail.
- God (or whoever) help us all. Who let David Brooks read about evolutionary psychology?
- Or is it just … resting? Is there an adaptive function for sleep?
- Beautiful! But mostly from a distance. Underground constellations of glowing carnivorous cave-worms.
- In mice. Transplanted nerve cells relieve chronic pain.
- Pretty sure I can’t make the call in 50 milliseconds, without clothing or hair cues. The details of that study on “gaydar” are stranger than you might think.
- In mice! Eating on a schedule, rather than snacking all day, reduces weight gain.
- Nothing fishy about it. A fossil fish with a backbone segmented into neck, back, pelvic, and tail bones suggests that segmented backbones first evolved for swimming, not walking.
- Back to the future. To build radiation-hard computers for outer space, NASA is devloping new miniaturized vaccum tubes.