This Week in Science: December 28 – January 3 2014

How much energy would it have taken for the dwarves to melt all that gold in The Desolation of Smaug?

Are dwarves and hobbits more closely related to humans or elves?

Smaug Breathes Fire Like A Bloated Bombardier Beetle With Flinted Teeth‘.

I love terrible science jokes.

What will it take to get more women in science?

No, dolphins aren’t getting high on pufferfish toxin.

This comes as no surprise to any rural Michigander: snow melts faster in the forest than in fields.

12 year old Jake has a great natural history blog.

The Most Fascinating Human Evolution Discoveries of 2013‘.

Here are 10 species that were declared extinct in 2013.

What can Doctor Who teach us about the fear of spiders?

Of vole plagues and hip glands‘.

Sometimes saving a species dooms it for the long term.

Is nail polish harmful?

I agree with Brian Switek: talking dinosaurs make me cringe.

What happened to the Neanderthals and why? The answer is: it’s complicated.

What did the people of Pompeii eat? Some things that you would expect and some things that you wouldn’t (giraffe).


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