Six slick science picks

  • Science video widget – Shortform offered me a sneak preview of their video widget, which allows users to embed a video channel into their blog.
  • Contraceptive pill not to blame for feminized fish – Despite claims that excreted contraceptive hormones are causing endocrine disruption in aquatic animals evidence suggests that this is not the case.
  • Dark Energy, Dark Matter – What is the difference between dark energy and dark matter? NASA explains…even though they don't know what either is.
  • Two sides to every story – even the Lord of the Rings – What if we were to look at Tolkien's epic from Mordor's perspective? Gandalf is a war-monger intent on crushing the scientific and technological initiative of Mordor and its southern allies because science “destroys the harmony of the world and dries up the souls of men!” He’s in cahoots with the elves, who aim to become “masters of the world,” and turn Middle-earth into a “bad copy” of their magical homeland across the sea. Barad-dur, also known as the Dark Tower and Sauron’s citadel, is, by contrast, described as “that amazing city of alchemists and poets, mechanics and astronomers, philosophers and physicians, the heart of the only civilization in Middle-earth to bet on rational knowledge and bravely pitch its barely adolescent technology against ancient magic.”
  • Quantum law of protein folding – Quantum mechanics finally explains why protein folding depends on temperature in such a strange way.
  • Carnivorous plant has fastest known prey trap – Taylor Burns discusses the fastest plant trap in the world…

Six slick picks from the latest science news by David Bradley