My ScienceSeeker picks for this week (Pre-San-Diego-Experimental-Biology-2012-Extravaganza-Hello-Pacific-Ocean-It’s-Nice-To-See-you-again Edition):
- We still don’t know how pigeons navigate at Inspiring Science highlights one of my favourite attributes of scientists:
“Sometimes, we’re wrong.”
The post is a nicely readable summary of some recent news. It turns out that the stuff we thought we knew about magnetic-field detecting navigation structures in birds’ beaks is probably wrong, in kind of a cool way.
- Although science lost the beak navigation center, Space census finds extra penguins, poop at Inkfish tells us the good news that we have found extra penguin poop, and even better, extra penguins. After all,
”..what’s a better surprise than extra penguins?”
- At Science minus details, Yoe the scientist’s nano-sized brain gives us a snapshot into some real-life science, specifically, the quest of the mysterious ‘Yoe’ to make silicon nanowires.
“Yoe is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is interested in transforming the nature of matter.”
Awesome electron micrographs ensue.
- Matt Soniak tells us that For snakes, hunting bats in a cave is like shooting fish in a barrel. In fact, it’s an “all-you-can-eat bat buffet.”:
“As the bats flit past them on all sides, the snakes wait, swinging like clock pendulums.”