Dean Burnett: Science news and writing can be intimidating for those new to it. A classification system for articles could help make things easier for everyone
The peaches we eat today look very little like the first peaches planted. We can thank the Chinese farmers who first domesticated the fruit for kicking off the millennia of breeding for perfection.
The Perfect Summer Peach Wasn’t Always So Rosy
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Here’s Jonathan Gold on the Korean seafood grill Jae Bu Do in Los Angeles, which specializes in the kind of creatures Katherine Kims talks about in her article “Pacific Rim” in LP12. Best is Gold on the hagfish:
"This is the part where we talk about hagfish: a wormlike creature, neither vertebrate nor invertebrate, that survives by secreting a special kind of fibrous slime that effectively closes up attackers’ gills; a single hagfish can produce quarts of the stuff. When hagfish are hungry — they can survive for as long without food as a bedbug — they are fond of burrowing into the bellies of their victims and consuming them from the inside out. If a fisherman is unlucky enough to pull up hagfish in his or her net, the other fish in the catch will be ruined. How does a hagfish clear away excess slime? It quite literally ties itself into a knot, which moves along its horrible length."
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Photo by Anne Fishbein
Though often called “gay marriage” - it’s really same sex marriage. Meaning that the people getting married don’t actually have to be gay. And I’d still support it.
People, even experts, swear that you should never put a tomato in the fridge. They are wrong. Here’s the follow-up to our tomato-storage tests from earlier in the summer, with some basic tips for how you really should store your tomatoes.
If you were so gullible. No, bananas don’t have special mosquito bite relief powers. What a weird story - I would ask for the evidence in cases like this. I doubt if the science will back up the claims.
But what I find specially galling is that this is in a news organization based and centered around the Philippines, growers of some of the most diverse bananas in the world. And the stock photo they show is one of a Cavendish. And a blonde blue eyed baby. Seriously? Egregious pandering fluff piece, IMHO, at that front.
Quite a few others have had their say on Oxford Nanopore’s MinION sequencer, and so I thought I would write down a few of my own. At Edinburgh Genomics, we’ve been working with the MinION since th…
Though I was initially cheerleading for the science popularizing site IFLS - I have been increasingly doubtful of the near content-mill pace of posting. Aiming for spectacle rather than accuracy, it on occasion misleads rather than informs.
Most Americans choose to be hungry. They choose to restrict what they can eat. This country is overflowing with abundance. The food waste is astounding (see public school breakfasts). But you can lead a horse to water…
The man who called him - on what turned out to be a phone line from Mexico - probably knew nothing more about Porras than what could be gleaned from the Internet. Authorities are now warning the public that the scam, known as “virtual kidnapping,” is spreading across Texas. The FBI is advising people how not to fall for the trap, and the Texas Medical Association also is warning its members to be vigilant as multiple medical professionals have been targeted. Authorities say that the criminals hope that worried parents like Porras will quickly make payments before figuring out their children are safe. Porras recalled that even as his mind swirled and he stayed on the land line, he used his cellphone to text his daughters, who happened to be together, and determined they were OK. The caller said that he, too, worked for a cartel, had American police on the payroll, and would kill him and his family if he sought help from the police. The scam spread across Mexico several years ago as scam artists aimed to make quick money off the families of people who were traveling or perhaps in movie theaters where their phones would be turned off, and they could not be reached. The FBI’s Dunlap said that when the kidnapping schemes in the United States are done with phones in a foreign country, prosecuting the criminals is difficult.