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This week has been like an episode of ’Antiques Roadshow’ for science geeks, with ‘old’ stuff popping all over the place. There were news from a feathered dino-bird from China (you can see a picture of it here), a study of old lizards and T rex ‘avian’ disease in PLoS One (the latter also has a nice story in Wired), lots of dinosaur eggs were found in India, and 11 articles were published in Science describing our new ancestor, Ardipithecus ramidus (or Ardi for short). The coverage of this last story was intense, and I think these 3 do a great job:
Katherine Harmon writes a really nice and well-balanced article for Scientific American, which, as is always the case with Scientific American, makes a great read. Other great stories are that by Jamie Shreeve for National Geographic magazine (the interactive links are great), and a great piece by primatologist Frans de Waal for the Wall Street Journal (via @ericmjohnson on twitter)
Fish were also fun this week. Michael Torrice comments on a study on brain lateralization in fish published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (with a final comment from our own Michael Corballis), and Gary Stix tells the the story behind the dead fish that gave a ‘positive’ signal in the fMRI for Scientific American.
Dan Meyer ’s podcast: ’How to save math education (and a tiny piece of the world along with it)” is a must see. Don’t be turned off by the audio quality, here is a great guy that is seriously thinking about education. I first heard him on his Ignite talk at OSCON, a few days before I was due to go teach, and I literally threw all my notes away and started from scratch. (via Nat Torkington, 4 short links).
And finally, this is my favourite tweet of the week (for obvious reasons). Thanks Bora for the shout out.