- The ecology of wild turkeys in urban New England.
- A psychoactive online dictionary.
- Hooray! The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is rebounding from its bankruptcy filing.
- An amazing idea for a study: stick publish-or-perish scientists in fMRI machines and measure their reactions to the impact factors of potential journals.
- How getting a PhD in poli sci at MIT helped Tom Wolf become governor of Pennsylvania.
- The BBC catches Volkswagens on film cheating European emissions tests.
- From Nautilus, using Facebook to find extinct human species. (FYI the extinct humans are not themselves on Facebook.)
- On the anniversary of general relativity, the story of its most important and strangest textbook.
- Steven Shapin reviews Michael Gordin in the LRB (paywall).
- Cyborg electricity-generating plants?
- And sequencing the bizarre genome of the bizarre creature called the tardigrade.
Tacit knowledge and lay expertise: the actor Ben Foster doped so he could better understand Lance Armstrong, whom he’s portraying in a new biopic. (Not everyone is thrilled.)
Campus police vs. the million-dollar map thief.
Plants are predators, too! (Don’t watch the video if you are a big fan of snails.)
What’s the point of digitizing history?
Uber flat-out bought Carnegie Mellon’s world-leading robotics department.