Science Saturday


In yet another example of how the real world is far weirder than most peoples’ imaginations, I give you brain-shrinking algae.

NASA has an iPhone app.

There are scientific questions with surprising answers, and then there’s this one.

MSNBC has a terrific collection of insect photos. Really beautiful closeups.

The Walt Disney company is offering refunds for all those “Baby Einstein” videos. Who’d have thought that dropping kids in front of a tv screen wouldn’t make them smart?

And finally, this is more science fiction than science, but noted writer Harlan Ellison has finally settled his lawsuit with Paramount over his connection to Star Trek.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →