PLOS, in conjunction with /r/science, is launching a new series called PLOS Science Wednesday. It's an effort to bring contributing scientists from the open access journals to reddit. A list of the first four contributors can be found here. It all gets started on April 22 with cancer researcher Andrew Beck.
Krulwich Wonders, the superlative science blog maintained for the last four years by Robert Krulwich (of NPR and Radiolab fame), will soon be no more.
We call those deadly spiders with the red hourglass shapes on their abdomens "black widows" because they eat their mates as part of the sex act. But black widows are far from the only spiders who sexually cannibalize, and some insects and fish do it too. It's just a natural part of some animals' reproductive process.…
By now you've heard the news: people who eat chocolate are thinner than those who don't. It's the perfect news story, and one that a lot of outlets ran with — ourselves included — but it's also the kind of piece that science writer Deborah Blum says can contribute to public cynicism about science and what it does.
Known for its alluring machine covers, and tireless efforts to educate the public about scientific topics, Popular Science started its life as a text-only newsletter in 1872. Now the magazine is making its archives searchable and readable online for free.