isaacschultz
Isaac Schultz
isaacschultz
Science writer at Gizmodo.
Mar 26
34

The article says that the breed has been maintained specifically so that phenotypic effects that their mutation causes can be studied. So it’s not like they’re being kept around on a whim.

Mar 23
6

I think including a little fabric from a Wright Brothers flyer pushes it past even "so freaking cool."

Mar 23
5

I thought so too...but the Ring of Fire bounds the Pacific plate, and a bit of research says that the Pacific Plate came into being only 18oM years old, and has been expanding since, and subducted several other plates (Farallon, Phoenix, Izanagi). So the Ring of Fire apparently is only 50Mya or so. Read more

Mar 23
11

Having been tested in simulated Martian atmospheres on Earth (think a vacuum-sealed grain silo)“
Okay no, I have no idea how to imagine this, I need a video of this.
Found it

Mar 18
3

I propose we forgo US Customary Units and adapt to a system of Wombat Increments!

Mar 18
2

Wombat is an awesome name and fun to say. So to me, it’s bigger and better than an aardvark - though maybe not in nature. Aardvark sounds like the name of service company angling to be first in the Yellow Pages. I kid. That was silliness. /s

Mar 18
5

I never considered the idea that all the bracing that goes on in the ankylosaurid skeleton was related to digging. It shouldn’t be all that surprising—the impetus for turtle evolution appears to have been bracing the body for digging (if Eunotosaurus is anything to go by). This may also relate to ankylosaurs having an Read more

Mar 16
3

That sounds like it’s moving fast, but the Milky Way Galaxy moves through space at 1.3M miles/hour. So this black hole is inching along in a snail’s pace in cosmic comparison.

Mar 15
14

I appreciate their first reaction was to go double (and triple etc) check their work for errors.

Mar 10
4

Link doesn’t work - this (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03305-9) will at least get you the abstract - the rest is paywalled.

Mar 3
2

It really depends on type of non-cooperation is and how it’s treated statistically. The important thing is to completely report your methods so peer reviewers and your audience can judge for themselves. 

Mar 3
15

For several years, I was a volunteer guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The cuttlefish were the strangest, most alien creatures I’ve ever interacted with. I say “interacted” because they are extremely intelligent and will 100% interact with people- you can put a hand to the glass and they will approach and almost Read more

Mar 2
4

Just a small point, its “The” Pilbara, in Western Australia. The state is segmented into regions with The Pilbara being the second most northerly region. Read more

Mar 1
5

Yes and no. In truth, with an experimental plane, you’re building *all of it* at the same time, in bits and pieces, and changing bits, and adding bits, and removing bits. And it has to be that way, otherwise you have this weird chicken and egg problem — there’s no reason to design the electrical system without the Read more