Weekly Geekery


Boy meets lichen, proves 150 years of science textbooks wrong.

Want to improve your social skills? Try fiction, not speed-dating.

How wasps gave us Shakespeare.

In psychology, American undergrad = caveman.

Birds lose sex appeal when singing over city noise. (Unlike Benedict Cumberbatch.)

Julia F. P. Ostmann writes from Southern California about nineteenth-century mushrooms, hybrid burritos, and brain science. Next year she’s excited to move into Stephen Hawking’s old dorm at Cambridge, where she'll be studying history and philosophy of science. If you follow her at @JuliaOstmann, she will probably retweet you. More from this author →