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Audio blog: “Stings!”
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Audio blog: “Stings!”

Every year, honeybees kill more people than sharks. At least ten times more people. In today’s Mindboggled audio blog, we explain why getting stung hurts so damn much. We also discuss Justin O. Schmidt, an American entomologist who has built a career from being attacked by insects. And for our final segment: honeybees vs. hornet. Who … Continue reading

Audio blog: “Low fidelity”
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Audio blog: “Low fidelity”

Australians recently voted for their favourite bird, and, for once in 2013, we voted for the right candidate: the superb fairy wren. This colourful songbird frequents gardens throughout south-eastern Australia, and, for reasons I’ve already explained, is probably the coolest bird in the world. For this week’s Mindboggled audio blog, we found two people who … Continue reading

That’s Science! Failures, mistakes and accidents (and why they aren’t always as terrible as we think)
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That’s Science! Failures, mistakes and accidents (and why they aren’t always as terrible as we think)

“Catastrophic Failure” said my supervisor, and then he took us to the pub to drown our sorrows. These are not the words you want to hear describing a scientific experiment. You dream to hear ‘ingenious’ ‘astounding’ and that forever sought-after ‘published’. But unfortunately this is not the outcome of all scientific endeavors. Like many others … Continue reading