Of Penises and Planets: On Labels in Science and Culture

Just what counts as a penis? A debate over what to call the genitals of an unusual group of cave insects has broader implications, because it gets right at the heart of science and science communication: what's the relationship between the labels we use in science and the way those labels are understood by our culture? » 4/19/14 6:50pm Today 6:50pm

Consider a Spherical Cow

The Spherical Cow is a physics classic, invoked in every introductory course as a way of simplifying an intractable problem down to something you can actually solve. Now that concept is running, but mostly rolling, through the plains of Africa in this delightful animation. » 4/19/14 11:03am Today 11:03am

Japan Unveils Its Plan To Save The Whales, By Killing Them

Last month, the International Court demanded an end to Japan's research whaling program, and Japan said it planned to abide by the ruling. But now, the Japanese government has explained just what that means... including plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic by 2015. » 4/18/14 12:23pm Yesterday 12:23pm

Saving California Condors, One Puppet At A Time

I've been obsessed with California condors for some time, possibly because my own local zoo in Los Angeles has been at the forefront of the California Condor Recovery Program. It's one of the coolest examples of science-based conservation in zoos, since baby chicks are often hand-reared by keepers wearing condor… » 4/18/14 2:44pm Yesterday 2:44pm

How Do You Get People To Care About Dogs Pooping Where They Shouldn't?

The answer, some scientists hope, is to tell them how much everyone's dogs' poop weighs, and how much it costs to clean that shit up when it lands where it shouldn't. For instance: There are 8-million dogs in the UK. Guess how much crap they produce on a daily basis. A ton? Fifty tons? Five-hundred tons? No. More. Keep … » 4/13/14 7:00pm 4/13/14 7:00pm

How Do Red And Giant Pandas Coexist? The Secret Is In Their Skulls.

Red pandas and giant pandas have more in common than simply being equally adorable and included on the IUCN Red List. They both eat bamboo and live in the same habitats. How do they coexist without competing over the same resources? The secret might be hidden in their skulls. » 4/10/14 8:47pm 4/10/14 8:47pm

Sharknado 2 Will Sponsor Shark Conservation Research And You Can Help

The studio that brought you such beloved classics as MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus, MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus, and SharkNado, is now working on an epic sequel of Great White proportions, SharkNado II: The Second One. And if you contribute to their crowdfunded "bonus scene," you can help shark conservation science. » 4/09/14 9:42pm 4/09/14 9:42pm