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Attenborough, Darwin and Obama

by Matthew Cobb The new BBC series Planet Earth II, narrated by David Attenborough, airs in the UK on Sunday. I was lucky enough to chair a session at the Manchester Science Festival last week at which two of the film-makers, Chadden Hunter and Emma Brennand, presented some extracts from the series and talked about […]

Here’s the katydid!

Mark Sturtevant supplied both the photo (posted earlier today) and this reveal. Did you spot the katydid?

Matt Dillahunty on mythicism

Atheist Matt Dillahunty moderated the Great Mythicist Debate between Bart Ehrman, who thinks that the Jesus myth is based on a real person, and Bob Price, who thinks that we have little confidence that Jesus is based on someone who really lived. (Both reject the idea that Jesus was divine or the son of God.) […]

Singapore: Noms (part one)

There are two reasons why a visit to Singapore is a goal of all true foodies. First, it offers the food of many cultures, as this small country (720 km²) is a mixing pot for both people and cuisine. On tap: Malaysian food, Chinese food, Indonesian food, Indian food, Indonesian food, Buddhist vegetarian food, and even […]

Photomicrography winners

Today we’ll dispense with readers’ wildlife photographs, as I want to save some until I return from Asia in about 3 weeks. Instead, reader John O’Neall called my attention to Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Champions, and I’ll like to present a few of the winners. They give us an idea of the marvels of nature […]

An inordinate fondness for nematodes

by Matthew Cobb I have no idea if this true, or how you could be confident it was (or wasn’t) correct, but it could easily be right. Jack is Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. Four out of every five individual animals on Earth today is a nematode worm.There are a lot […]

Bob Dylan behaves immaturely about his Nobel Prize

Yes, we all know that Bob Dylan is weird and secretive, and we also know of people like Jean-Paul Sartre who declined a Nobel literature award. (One other person refused it—not a Literature prize—and several scientists were forced to refuse it by their totalitarian government. Can you name them?) We also know that Bob Dylan is laconic. […]

Science Cat!

I don’t follow anyone on Twi**er as I don’t have time, and use this site to convey my thoughts. But I found one site that’s almost worth following: Science Cat! Click on the screenshot to go there: Two of the latest tweets: This fat fool had to be rescued by animal control pic.twitter.com/XYEsl2hx4J — Science Cat […]

Trump says he’ll accept election results—if he wins

My CNN feed tells me that Trump has proven himself dumber than I thought by effectively mocking the democratic process: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says that he will accept the results of the general election next month — if he wins. [JAC: watch the video at the site to see some complete insanity.] “I would like […]

Question to women readers: have you been assaulted or violated?

One of the only good things that came out of Trump’s candidacy (for me) is my growing realization that women are groped or physically assaulted far more often than I would have thought.  I know about catcalling, as I’ve seen it often, but there’s been a spate of women reporting unwanted touching, fondling, or other kinds of […]