Coming face to face with a dinosaur

Until a real-life Jurassic Park is built (I’m still holding out hope), the closest you’ll come to facing down a dinosaur recently occurred by a heavy-equipment operator in Canada.

Want to read more? Or come face to face with a dinosaur yourself? Check it out here. nodosaur-fossil-canadian-mine-face.adapt.1900.1.jpg

Crazy Giant Bug Invasion

This title is not as excessive as it might seem at first. So let’s break it down.

The cicadas that live in DC are on a 17-year cycle. That means once every 17 years, they all emerge at once, make a ton of noise, leave their exoskeletons everywhere, mate, and go back into the ground. It’s pandemonium when it happens. If you want to know more, check out cicadamania.com.

The giant bug swarm is not due back till 2021, but some of these giant menaces are climbing out early. Four years early actually, as in, right now. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why this is happening. What to know more about the confused (“Crazy”), larger than mosquitoes (“Giant”) insects (“Bugs”) that are showing up before their time (“Invasion”)? Read about it here.

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Explore above and below the melting Antarctic

Amongst all the news this week, you may have missed something catastrophic. There are some disturbing developments from Antarctica, where scientists are seeing evidence that the ice sheets may have started irreversible disintegration.

And really interestingly, the New York Times has done a series of virtual reality films that explore what’s happening above and below the ice.

Check it out here!

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How to have a scientific debate

Science denialists often claim that “the scientists haven’t decided” “it’s still being debated”. With respect to climate change, evolution and GMOs, that’s largely not true.

But the world of anthropology is heating up these days with some hot topics like when were humans in North America, and what did our ancestors look like/do?

Want to know more about what’s lighting the anthropological scene up? Read about it here.

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Four vaccine myths and where they came from

One of the many problems with science denial is figuring out where the rumors started.

In terms of the war on vaccination, Science has nicely provided a list of claims and where they originated. Read it here.

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Also as a bonus, see this pediatrician’s response to parents that don’t want to vaccinate their children. His post has recently gone viral (even though it’s been around for awhile), and is worth reading. He especially emphasizes that he is willing to answer every question that parents have about vaccines, but he’s just not willing to make exceptions.