Sticking the Landing: SpaceX

SpaceX deserves its own post here, to say “YAY!! Congratulations!” for sticking the landing on the barge today.    This is my favorite video of the flight so far:  http://tinyurl.com/zlcf38g   Boo hiss to those who celebrated the four failures and the ones who today (on Twitter, for instance)  claimed the landing was just reverse video.   No, Read More…

Done

Well, probably. Sortakinda done. At 1:30 this afternoon, I made my final staggering plunge through the muck and mire to the finish line, having untangled various tangles and discovered yet more typos. I’d been up until 2:30 am Friday morning (NOT, mutter mutter, going out to photograph peak bluebonnets and plains nipple cactus, mutter mutter) Read More…

Monday Science on Twitter

A few more science accounts to follow on Twitter.   Fascinating views of our planet from space, and how these data are used down below: https://twitter.com/NASAEarthData.  Fascinating views of  dwarf planet Ceres: https://twitter.com/NASA_Dawn.   Variety of interesting geological bits and pieces at the US Geological Service account; today it’s induced seismicity.  https://twitter.com/USGS Interested in monarch migration?  Join Read More…

Implants and Implications

All the Vatta books include characters who have cranial implants that enhance their mental abilities and characters who are opposed to implants as a form of “humodification” that makes the user less human and more machine.   Having or not having an implant creates social expectations and has legal implications as well. Not all implants are Read More…

Trifling Humor

This is a link to a  Storify of Twitter posts yesterday and…it’s hilarious. 7FZrl$Jn602ErEJ(BX    Or,  if you like long URLs: https://storify.com/lizrothjohnson/biologistspacefacts?utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=&awesm=sfy.co_a0x2Q&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter  

Science Twitter Accounts at SXSW

A list of science accounts on Twitter for SXS.  No, I haven’t checked them all out yet, but wow–sure appreciate @laurahelmuth for getting this list together.  I’ll be posting the reference a few other places, too. https://twitter.com/laurahelmuth/lists/sciencetwitterforsxsw/members

Tuesday Mixed Bag

Yesterday was my birthday, so…other things got done than a post here.  So what’s interesting right now?  How about two urban predators mixing it up on the street in front of a lucky photographer?  http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/hawk-attacks-snake-and-epically-fails   There’s another pair in the same post…that time reptile v. reptile. Several good Twitter science accounts to follow:  https://twitter.com/carlzimmer  Award-winning Read More…

Monday Science Links

For those who aren’t averse to spiders, a great link of links from Arthropod Ecology Frog enthusiasts: follow @MyFrogCroaked (Jonathan Kolby) on Twitter.  Lots of images of gorgeous tropical (New World so far) frogs and other amphibs. Interested in coastal waters and the societies that live near/on them?  Follow @hakaimagazine on Twitter. Scientist and writer Read More…

Monday Science: Thanks, Twitter

Writers must read, and science fiction writers must read science, engineering, technology especially if not actively engaged in doing STEM stuff.   But we still have only 24 hours a day.   How to make time?  How to find cool stuff?   Journals help, but skimming several journals a week still doesn’t fill the well.  Twitter, used carefully, Read More…