Mesa: Mouse Sperm Hooks

Mesa: Mouse Sperm Hooks

For The Scientist, Natalia Mesa (@natmesanash) explored the mystery of why the sperm of most mouse species have hooks on their heads. The bigger hooks slow down the sperm as they swim — so why are they there? Some scientists point to competition between sperm as a...
Nelson: The Promise of Poop

Nelson: The Promise of Poop

Bryn Nelson (@SeattleBryn) has published a new book, “Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure” about how human feces could advance medicine, be a sustainable energy source, fuel agriculture and more — if we can get over our shame and disgust long enough...
Weinberger: Vaccines, Zoos and Consent

Weinberger: Vaccines, Zoos and Consent

Writing for Crosscut, Hannah Weinberger (@weinbergrrrrr) goes behind the scenes with zookeepers in Seattle to learn how they administer vaccines and blood draws to their animals. With lots of training and plenty of delicious rewards, many animals are willing to...
Tachibana: Impacts of VW Cheats

Tachibana: Impacts of VW Cheats

Writing for the University of Pennsylvania Leonard David Institute of Health Economics, Chris Tachibana (@ChrisTachibana) writes about new research showing the impacts of the infamous Volkswagen “clean diesel” scandal, in which cars marketed as better for the...
Fairley: Climate Hunger Strikers

Fairley: Climate Hunger Strikers

For The Tyee, Peter Fairley (@pfairley) visits activists in British Columbia who are pushing for climate action via hunger strikes. “Climate activism via self-sacrifice … is on the rise globally, as campaigners seek to arouse public attention and force government...