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Science on the Internet: 04/29/2010 [Links]

I read, on average, 500 posts from over 180 blogs every single day.  Might as well share some of my findings with you!

  • AMAZING gallery of old-school science education models over at LIFE
  • The New Scientist covers a hypothesis about the origin of life on earth: that the RNA code we have now exists in its form due to natural affinities between nucleotides and amino acids.  Essentially, this means that once all the pieces were floating around, life was inevitable.
  • Fascinating slideshow over at BBC on research about cuckoos, the famous nest parasites which lay their eggs in others birds’ nests to avoid parental duties.  Scientists have been studying how frequently-parasited species have adapted their egg patterns to help distinguish cuckoo eggs from their own.
  • At The Voltage Gate, Jennifer writes about the current state of plastics in our environment, and how the “green” movement isn’t working too hard to stop this.
  • Will lifestyle choices you make effect your grandchildren epigenetically?  The details of a NOVA documentary on this question are over at Genes to Brains to Mind to Me.
  • The Insane Clown Posse recently doubted scientists in their song “Miracles,” specifically in the lyrics: “Fucking magnets, how do they work? / I don’t want to talk to a scientist!”  The resident physicist, Jim, over at Ghost Island gives an explanations of how magnets fucking work!
  • Cryptozoologists must mourn the discovery that the supposed 3-foot earthworm, Palouse, is less than a foot long.  Tear.  Covered on 80beats.

Written by Hanner

April 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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  1. I read, on average, 500 posts from over 180 blogs every single day.

    How do you find time to breathe?

    Bjørn Østman

    April 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    • I actually breathe more easily knowing that I’ve compulsively scoured the internet for all good things. It’s comforting after a long day of labwork to just sit and read


      May 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

  2. I’m astounded at your reading rate. Want to give us some tips on speed blog reading??


    May 4, 2010 at 12:18 am

  3. I use an RSS aggregator which makes things very streamlined and simple – and I’ve been using it for years so have gotten good at quickly determining what is worth skimming and what is worth reading all the way through. Several of the high-post blogs simply republish press releases (ScienceDaily, PhysOrg) released by institutions about their scientific research so often I can even tell by the title whether it would be interesting to me or not.

    So saying that I read 500 posts a day is a misnomer. (I used the stats from my RSS reader to determine that number.) But I do briefly consider 500, and read through at least a couple hundred!



    May 4, 2010 at 6:48 am

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