It was likely accidental Intermodular Distortion. Not nearly as sexy as James Bond-style sonic weapon, but annoying all the same.
The Center for Open Science aims to change the way science research and publication is done.
The big picture? We are no longer bound by the chemical rules of nature. In a matter of months, scientists can engineer biological catalysts that normally take millions of years to evolve and fine-tune.
Exciting and scary at the same time.
from way back in November 1953: Visual Patterns in the Recognition of Individuals Among Chickens. Basically, the experiment involved changing chickens’ appearances — color, shape of the head and neck, comb — and seeing how the flock would or would not recognize them when they were returned.
Silly and fascinating at the same time.
Via BigThink: salmonella from Europe may have killed the Aztecs. This is based on DNA analysis on Aztec remains. The salmonella may have been carried over via livestock. The end result would not have been pretty. Salmonella can cause enteric fever, which leads to high fever and bleeding from the nose, eyes, and mouth. The death toll was 15 million.
China has a proposal to clean up space debris using pulsed lasers. The US is not amused.
Hot in science news today is a recently published paper from Nature about a newly discovered plumed dinosaur with iridescent feathers. In the past few years, we’ve had to rethink our conception of dinosaurs as giant lumbering lizards to nimble, gregarious, and feathered proto-birds.
What’s particularly exciting about this dinosaur, named Caihong (meaning ‘rainbow’), is the range of techniques brought to bear to reconstruct the colors it may have had. The scientists based these on electron microscope readings of imprints on rocks, comparing them with modern extant samples to determine their light absorbing properties.