Actually, they're kind of the opposite of "solo" cups. Photo by arvindgrover.
- Off with the blinders. The science blogosphere grapples with womens' experiences in science: outright harassment as well as "benevolent" sexism, and how those of us with only one X chromosome can—and should—think about what we don't see.
- As many as there are scientists. Kevin Zelnio launches the #IamScience hashtag to highlight non-traditional paths to the lab, starting with his own. See also: the tumblr This is what a scientist looks like.
- "... it was a different experience from feeling high" A tranquilizer that's been widely abused as a club drug may offer a new approach for treating depression.
- It's also activated by cocaine. Biologists identify the bit of the brain that gets turned on by caffeine.
- Pics or it didn't happen, Jonah. Searching for an historical account of a human swallowed by a whale.
- Flip! The social importance of the red "Solo" cup.
- If you can't stand the heat, pretend it's not getting hotter? Another burst of climate change denialism hits major papers in the U.S. and U.K.
- Blurry vision. To identify big questions in science (or any field, really), look past the details.
- Now I want some fossils. A neontologist digs through a box of fossils.
- For instance, they're apparently tasty. Surprising facts about weaver ants.
- #ArsenicLife ad absurdam.. Now that independent investigators have strongly contested the claim that a strain of exteremophile bacteria can incorporate arsenic into its DNA, the original paper's lead author denies the contents of her own abstract.
Video of the week, via io9: a "fly-through" view of a nebula, created by NASA using data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Am I the only one who hears the Star Trek: Voyager theme while this plays?