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August 13, 2018

Four Legs Bad, Six Legs Better? In South America, there is an insect called the vulture bee that, instead of eating nectar or pollen, has evolved to eat rotting meat. They then vomit any meat they ingest as a protein-rich goo for their larvae. Basically, they are bees that make meat honey. Chances are, upon […]

July 30, 2018

B.I: Biased Intelligence CW: Discussion of racism and homophobia. On August 16th 2017, Chukwuemeka Afigbo, a worker in tech from Nigeria, posted a video to Twitter of an automatic soap dispenser in a public bathroom. The video begins with a white man’s hand under an automatic soap dispenser. Dutifully, the machine disperses a jet of […]

July 16, 2018

From Her Heart and From Her Hands For this issue, I’m addressing the most unfortunate science trend of them all: the erasure of women’s contributions. So to help rectify this, here are a few of my favourite lesser known ladies of science. Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) Considered by David Attenborough to be one of the […]

June 5, 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about what science means to broader culture today. When I hear people say “I believe in science!” or wearing a “Science! It Works!” shirt, I always want to ask them: What do you mean when you say “science”? What do you think science does? What is your myth of science? […]

May 28, 2018

So It’s Come To This: A Flat Earth Column The flat earth “theory” was the subject of one of the earliest scientific wagers, in which a bet is made on the outcome of an experiment. In March of 1870, Oxford dropout and flat Earth creationist John Hampden issued a challenge in the journal Scientific Opinion, […]

May 28, 2018

A research team at Victoria University has uncovered a link demonstrating how Earth’s orbit and motion had an effect on the evolution of life. Their approach brings together techniques from geology, biology, and astronomy to give scientists a better picture of the history of life on our planet. Professor James Crampton and his research team […]

May 14, 2018

On the evening of March 20 2018, Arizona resident Elaine Herzberg was crossing the street with her bicycle and was struck by an autonomous (self-driving) car. The car was owned and operated by Uber, manned, but not “driven”, by one of their employees. Herzberg later died from her injuries in hospital. This incident marks the […]

April 30, 2018

Your Homo sapiens sapiens body is part of a feedback loop responding to all kinds of biological, psychological, and cultural processes. These all have to be taken into account when trying to produce a better picture of how we work, both physically and mentally. But sometimes you just want an easy answer. We thought we […]

April 9, 2018

Minor spoilers for Annihilation follow. As a biology graduate and a fan of psychological horror flicks, Annihilation could only be more my jam if they sold it in jars. Despite a few missteps in execution (why doesn’t anyone in the film wear gloves?!?), director Alex Garland has made one of the most scientist-friendly films since […]