Weekly Webcrawl: Science keeps on going, even when we’re too busy to notice
Yes, I know what you’re going to say and I don’t want to talk about it. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and the webcrawl just fell into the abyss. But it’s back, as I know you’re incredibly relieved to hear. And don’t worry, today’s list includes some highlights from not one but two weeks of sclogosphere action.
- We learned that swallows may have evolved to dodge cars to avoid becoming road kill.
- The Atlantic had two stories about the Google-mobile going to crazy places, including Namie, a town abandoned after Fukushima.
- Science can tell whether a criminal will reoffend…this worries me.
- Can ants do math without knowing it? Are termites fairies for ecological health?
- Is it really that bad for toddlers to use iPads? Maybe, maybe not. But watching three plus hours of TV a day makes ‘em little swindlers.
- Everybody’s gotta be wrong sometime. For instance, families that eat together are strong for reasons other than the regular mealtime hangout.
- The Daily Beast made me cry: Jane Goodall’s new book is a fraud….
- Dogs have feelings, too. And those of us that own them are better at identifying all of them except aggression.
- Paul Erdos, the eccentric and prolific mathematician, would have a celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday, but Scientific American writer Calla Cofield thinks 101 would be a more appropriate birthday to get excited about for the man who described prime numbers as his best friends.
- Psychologists at University College London presented results showing that elderly people living alone–even if they don’t feel lonely–are less healthy than their more sociable compatriots.
- Here’s some science explaining why spoilers suck and how to get a song out of your head.
- Cicadas are coming to New England, the Long Horn beetle is leaving New Jersey!
And finally, three delightful videos for your Friday afternoon enjoyment:
This philosophizing 9-year-old answered some of my life long questions:
Alligators hate walking on treadmills (don’t we all?):
Spoiler alert: this is not a human: