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Saint Louis, MO
Freelance Journalist

Freelance writer, dog lover, Coloradan, fan of Mars. Chronicler of night & its inhabitants, from astronomers to bats. Blog:

Bats Listen For Others' Snacking Sounds to Help Them Find Food — When the guy in the cubicle next to you microwaves his tikka masala or tears open a bag of chips, your nose and ears perk up - food. Your senses trigger your brain to, maybe, head for the break room searching for a snack of your own, or even steal some of his chips.

Evolution Didn't Rob Snakes of Their Limbs - Other Animals Gained Them — Snakes don't have necks, shoulders, arms, hips, legs or any other familiar vertebrate body parts - but that doesn't mean they are simple animals. They might have evolved in a completely different way than scientists thought, a new study says.

Thor vs. The Spider — Poor Thor. Chris Hemsworth, who plays the Norse god in the Thor and Avengers movies, says a spider in his garage chomped on his hand around Christmas, drawing blood - and some choice words. "I was cleaning up in the garage and I felt it first and I picked up a bag, and I felt this big furry thing and felt the bite," he says.

Brave new world-hunters spot exoplanets on the cheap — Continue reading page |1| 2 You don't need a multi-million-dollar budget to find alien worlds - off-the-shelf scopes rigged together can spot our cosmic neighbours too A NEW search for our nearest cosmic neighbours is just beginning. Under construction now on an Arizona mountaintop, the Minerva observatory will look for small worlds around bright, nearby stars.

NASA's Messenger probe ready for final tour of Mercury — Home | Space | News The first spacecraft to orbit Mercury is almost out of gas. After nearly four years in orbit and discovering water ice, organic compounds and the planet's iron core, NASA's Messenger orbiter will make one last thruster boost on 21 January.

Humans Are Better At Noticing Snakes Than We Are At Seeing Spiders — Snakes get a bad rap, but we humans probably have them to thank - at least in part - for our superb vision. A crafty serpent supposedly tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, causing the ruination of humankind; today, ophidiophobia is one of the most common fears of animals.

The health effects of a world without darkness — Sound dominated my senses as we left the village of San Pedro de Atacama and walked into the desert night. The crunch of shoes on gravel underlay our voices, which were hushed to avoid waking any households or street dogs.

Spidey Sensor: Spider Leg Organs Inspire a New Sound Detector — Spiders "hear" each other and their environments through hairs on their bodies and through crack-shaped slits on their legs. These hairs and slit organs pick up tiny vibrations in the air, which help them detect movement - helping them find prey or a potential mate, for example.

Vampire Bats Might Enjoy Brussels Sprouts — They're not the best leftovers, but winter vegetables are worth making well beyond Thanksgiving - think squash, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. If you don't like brussels sprouts, you're just wrong. It could be because you don't like their bitter taste, though.

Fruit Bats Have Sonar, Too — Although they fly like other bats and look like other bats, fruit bats lack the special biosonar that makes their smaller kin so unique. About 85 percent of the 1,200 known bat species emit ultrasonic chirps and clicks to hunt, but the other 15 percent, the megabats or "Old World fruit bats," don't do this.
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Jan 22, 2015

How the "bag of chips effect" helps bats find food. Today on EEK SQUAD @PopSci…

Jan 20, 2015

RT @smotus: Welcome to the 21st century, where the POTUS orders an astronaut to Instagram. #SOTU

Jan 16, 2015

Thor (well, the actor who plays him) gets bitten by an Australian spider the size of your palm. On EEK SQUAD @PopSci

Jan 07, 2015

RT @_ColinS_: Science and enviro journos: Hakai Magazine is looking for pitches. Guidelines:… Qs:

Jan 06, 2015

@timmywadd @Deadspin Maybe it's a more evil form of the pink slime from Ghostbusters II. Either way, Chicago is clearly doomed

Dec 21, 2014

RT @Healey_Jane: An essay for winter solstice - 'The end of night' by @rboyle31 and why we cannot thrive in a world without darkness:

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