This Week in Science: October 26 – November 1 2013

Listen to this podcast of a NOAA scientist performing a necropsy on a giant oarfish that washed up on a southern California beach.

Opening the Fossil Record for Open Access Week‘.

Nebraska approves a climate change denying study, but scientists refuse to carry it out.

What does ancient pollen say about the fall of great civilizations?

Why the survival of the avocado is surprising.

Scientists who study dinosaurs are paleontologists, but not all paleontologists study dinosaurs. That is where the misconception lies.’

If you thought the olinguito was cute, its babies are even cuter!

Did allergies evolve to save our lives?

Genes ‘for’ disease might be an outdated concept‘.

What Is Sex Like for Someone with Synesthesia?

Why Are Reindeer Eyes Golden In Summer But Blue In Winter?

Teachers: don’t release animals outside. They could be invasive.

The trick to pronouncing scientific names: just say it with confidence.

Here‘s what a sauropod might have looked like when it walked.

Hot water freezes faster than cold and here’s why.

Real-time map of births and deaths around the world.

Some more citizen science: Microplants Collection Connection.

The speed that you walk depends on whether you’re walking with a friend or a lover.

‘The 16-Foot-Tall Reptilian Stork That Delivered Death Instead of Babies’.

I bet you never thought of earthworms as invasive.

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