R.I.P. Grant Imahara

While Mythbusters was a little cheesy at times, it always remained true to itself — using science to demonstrably prove flawed assumptions. One of the core Mythbusters, Grant Imahara, who studied electrical engineering at USC, sadly passed away at the age of 49. According to the Hollywood Reporter: Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The … Continue reading R.I.P. Grant Imahara

Do Scientists really need their own social network?

Science is hard work. However, science is arguably among the most critical pursuits of humanity — one might even be so bold as to claim that along with the arts, science represents the very manifestation of our humanity. The roots of scientific exploration and study lie not so much within the individual accomplishments of any … Continue reading Do Scientists really need their own social network?

Rats need pants, and other scientific research subjects of questionable worth

It is Awards season again—no, not the Emmy's or even the Country Music Awards or whatever—I'm talking about the always entertaining Ig Nobel Prize ceremony held last night at Harvard. Every year, for the pasts 26 years, researchers in unique and obscure niches are awarded prizes celebrating their scientific achievements. Just like the real Nobel … Continue reading Rats need pants, and other scientific research subjects of questionable worth

Microsoft Excel tries to be helpful, leads to errors in a fifth of published scientific research

Microsoft Office has long been prone to over-zealous auto-correction errors. From auto-numbering issues (if you've ever had to type a list using decimals such as 1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc., you know what I mean) to automatically selecting more text than you actually selected, undoing Microsoft's "helpfulness" is usually more difficult and frustrating than it is worth. Recently, … Continue reading Microsoft Excel tries to be helpful, leads to errors in a fifth of published scientific research

Newcastle University gives tiny 3D glasses to a praying mantis. Because, science!

Researchers have created tiny little 3D glasses for praying mantises! Most knowledge about 3D vision has come from vertebrates, however, a Newcastle University team publishing today in Scientific Reports, confirm that the praying mantis, an invertebrate, does indeed use stereopsis or 3D perception for hunting. In a specially-designed insect cinema, they have shown that it … Continue reading Newcastle University gives tiny 3D glasses to a praying mantis. Because, science!