Category: Science

The Sad World of Uncited Papers

A Van Noorden notes that we shouldn’t assume that an uncited paper is worthless – they may still influence researchers and practitioners. The article contains a particularly interesting example of uncited impact: a paper...

Your Weekly Attenborough: Pristimantis attenboroughi

Pristimantis attenboroughi (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Sir David Frederick Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, FLS, FZS, FSA, is the best. That sounds like an opinion, but it’s pretty much objective fact at this point....

Ötzi the Iceman Stars in a New Feature Film

Jürgen Vogel is Ötzi the Iceman. (Credit: Port au Prince 24/Bilder) From a block of ice to the silver screen; Ötzi the Iceman, an archaeological star, is getting his own feature film. From German...

Climate Change, Disease and the Fall of Rome

This painting (circa 1836) titled “Destruction” is one painting depicting in a five part series by Thomas Cole called “The Course of an Empire.” (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) At some time or another, every historian...

This Apollo Rocket Stage was Smashed for Science

Apollo 11 leaving the Earth. NASA. Within 10 minutes of a Saturn V launch, the first two stages had fallen away as the spacecraft settled into Earth orbit. Within another 10 minutes, both stages...

The Roller Coaster Designed to Kill

What is this, a “Euthanasia Coaster” for ants? (Credit: Julijonas Urbonas) I have a friend who loves roller coasters. He once told me, a fellow coaster-head, “You ever get the feeling that most people...

A Geoengineered Future Is Downright Scary

(Credit: kazuend/Unsplash) Climate change seems inevitable. Between the still-accelerating pace of greenhouse gas emissions and the voices of global warming deniers, hitting the targets laid out in the Paris Accord to slow the pace...