Weekly Webcrawl: From cyborg music to zombie-roaches
Welcome to a new series that I will be bringing your way every Friday. In no particular order, my favorite science things this week, brought to you by the interwebs:
- Last week professors around the country were in a tizzy when their profession was called out as the least stressful job of 2013. This week, my friend David Kroll posted the Top 10 reasons being a university professor is a stressful job on his Forbes blog, Take as Directed. Then yesterday, another nice piece by Caren Cooper on the Scientific American Guest Blog looked at “The most stressful science problem,” which I thought put another nice twist on the whole idea.
- Of course science bloggers would take the newest research into fecal transplants and run as far as they could. Several articles emerged in response to this Microbiome study, but Ed Yong’s on his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, was my favorite.
- I don’t know what it is about shipwrecks, but I love ‘em. So this was just plain-old wonderful: What’s inside a 2000-year-old shipwreck-preserved Roman pill?, by Joseph Stromberg on the Smithsonian blog, Surprising Science.
- On Thursday I ran into two wonderful posts bringing together music and science. Having tested Northeastern capstone students’ EMS machine on my arm not too long ago, this one made me twitch just reading it: Cyborg music, by Kevin Holmes via The Atlantic. And then A brainwave symphony, by Princess Ojiaku (I want her name) via Scientific American, reminded me of this story that I heard back in February.
- Another hot topic among science bloggers this week: A gripping tale: scientists claim to have discovered why skin wrinkles in water, by Maria Botcharova via The Guardian.
- Christie Wilcox was the first to tell me about this crazy study about brown-eyed boys and why we love ‘em so much: People With Brown Eyes Appear More Trustworthy, But That’s Not The Whole Story, via Science Sushi
- The American Astrological Society hosted its 221st annual meeting this year, where the big news was about newly-identified earth-like planets. Michael Moyer posted a nice video showing how all of them relate to one another in terms of size, temperature and orbits.
- I don’t even know what to say about this one except don’t click if you’re squeamish. Carl Zimmer’s blog post on The Loom about jewel wasps invading cockroaches is nauseating, in a really wonderful way.
- And speaking of nausea, Michelle Nijhuis wrote about the not-at-all-enviable uber-morning sickness that is hyperemesis gravidarum on the blog, Last Word on Nothing.
- And finally, the image above, which looks like a painting but is really a photo, was spotted by Joanna Carver of the New Scientist and comes from the European Space Agency.