What I’ve Been Reading

Fruit bat enjoys smoothie; Laurel enjoys fruit bat. From The Featured Creature

Blogger Neuroskeptic weighs in on the greatest sins a scientist can commit… and the proper punishments. Anybody else reminded of the fabulous punishment/crime song in The Mikado?

Neuroskeptic also gets a nod in this New York Times article about the dangers of misrepresenting neuroscience in the popular press.

Here’s an interesting take on game-ifying science; how much is it worth simplifying to get people interested (and how interested will they be, if your “interactive” game gives them no room for input and teaches them little?)

Seriously cute animal alert.

Dr. James Watson (DNA Nobelist and maker of dubious remarks about women in science) discusses a new edition of his memoir on discovering the structure of DNA. (H/T to Ed Yong)

Also, I fortuitously ran late the other day (how often do you get to use a phrase like that?!) and happened to hear my local radio’s broadcast of “Skywatch.”  It’s put as a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute, those guys who control the Hubble, and the Maryland Science Center. As a science-interested, stargazing-inclined person who never got much beyond eighth grade astronomy (it’s amazing how much you can learn and still remain ignorant in a lot of ways)  I’d recommend Skywatch to everyone. Here’s their website.