Enjoying tempura? Thank the Maillard reaction. Photo by christianyves.
- This week at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! Making sense of genome reduction.
- There was/wasn’t something in the air. How giant prehistoric insects went extinct.
- Sounds like a mess, if an entertaining one. The “science” of Prometheus.
- Baking soda in my sauteed onions? Okay, then. Pretty much everything great about cooked food comes down to one chemical reaction.
- Once you know what to look for, you see it everywhere. Mounting evidence that the recent increase in autism diagnoses is due to changes in diagnostic practice.
- We live on geology. The billion-year geologic history that created an Arizona mining town.
- Train one-trick ponies. Some helpful thoughts about managing undergraduate minions in the lab.
- Clever girls! Humbolt squid coordinate hunting movements.
- He’s gonna need a bigger chainsaw. Carl Zimmer tries to slay a zombie meme.
- Memo to scientists: Don’t be dicks about making research results interesting to lay people.
- Difference this will make in the debate about birth control access: zero. Turns out that the “morning-after” pill doesn’t prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus—it actually prevents eggs from being fertilized in the first place.
- With a link to a great cautionary example. Synthetic science is only as good as the data it synthesizes.
- Keep this one in your back pocket: The platypus fallacy.