Curious Bends: a curated weekly list of India-related science and technology

Related to Indian science news, a couple of Indian science journalists (Akshat Rathi and Vasudevan Mukunth) have started Curious Bends, a weekly curated list of stories about India-related science and technology. They’ve been doing a great job so far, and I highly recommend you sign up here if you’re at all interested.

I’ve enjoyed Akshat Rathi’s stories at places like Ars Technica, and I applaud their attempt to “set the information balance right”, in his own words.

As an aside, I sent in my fig wasp […Read More]

Boring wasp not so boring

A parasitic wasp prepares to drill into a fig. Photograph by Lakshminath Kundanati

A parasitic wasp prepares to drill into a fig. Photograph by Lakshminath Kundanati

I’ve been a little slow to post these past few weeks, just busy with summer activities. I wrote another story for National Geographic’s “Weird & Wild” blog, about the parasitic fig wasp’s metallic ovipositor tip. The […Read More]

How crazy ants live up to their name

A crazy ant detoxifying itself next to a fire ant. Photograph by Lawrence Gilbert

A crazy ant detoxifying itself next to a fire ant. Photograph by Lawrence Gilbert

Crazy ants (named for their strange, jerky walk) are displacing fire ants from the Southern US. Fire ants are notorious for their toxic venom, so researchers wondered how the […Read More]

Back to work: Of bats and bumblebees

Bumblebee on a flower. Credit: Christian Bauer

Bumblebee on a flower. Credit: Christian Bauer

Well, I had a nice, relaxing, vacation in India. It was great to see friends and family after a long while, and enjoy the good food and warm weather. Now I’m back, well refreshed, and it’s time to get back […Read More]

Writing, coding, and time for a vacation

Fleshy comb on dinosaur fossil

Dinosaur fossil with fleshy comb

I finished my last freelance story for 2013, a NationalGeographic.com article about a dinosaur fossil with a fleshy comb like that of a rooster.

I also took a few lessons on CodeAcademy. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a quick primer on various programming languages, I find their lessons quite a bit of fun. I tried them sometime in early 2012, but the site didn’t have as […Read More]

Productive month

California condor Credit: Scott Frier, US Fish & Wildlife Service

California condorCredit: Scott Frier, US Fish & Wildlife Service

It’s been a productive first month freelancing, I got to work on lots of fun stories, mostly for NationalGeographic.com (I did some other assorted work, including for PNAS).

I wrote about the fact that African elephants […Read More]

A break

As is probably obvious from my lack of posts, I’m taking a break (or have been taking a break) from this blog. It’s been a busy couple of months, with some ups and downs. Been reading and thinking a fair bit, about various things, but haven’t been motivated to mention particular articles/books or write down my thoughts here with any sort of regularity. I guess it’s part of a process of trying to figure out the best way to post here, and about what.

I can’t post about work-related articles here, which is what I spend most of my […Read More]

Feynman explains fire

The always enjoyable Richard Feynman explains fire. His enthusiasm and facility for explaining things in simple terms always amazes me.

I guess the clip is from an old BBC TV series called “Fun to Imagine.” Apparently BBC has some of the episodes available in higher quality on their website, but unfortunately the streaming video isn’t accessible from the US. But Youtube has several other Feynman videos.

I came across a link to this video in a blog post talking about how science journalists needed to not just […Read More]