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Ralph Roper0My Sweden CircleEnjoy this circle of active G+ folks who post original content. Each one was personally vetted by +Ralph RoperFollow Some Steps1)  +1 this circle2) Share This Circle3) Join this circle#Sweden +Edith Kukla 2014-04-21 08:16:05271102CC G+
John Nuntiatio0#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-20 14:33:203123106CC G+
John Nuntiatio31,907#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health2014-04-01 16:10:012310610CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 20:37:4267021CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 20:36:5467003CC G+
ibrahim aslan02014-02-25 12:24:46501001CC G+
Fabian Weiland651#circleshare #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #journalism  2013-11-19 08:28:27198111CC G+
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #sharedcircles #health #wellness  2013-10-14 15:30:25243000CC G+
Giulia Fiore0The most active People I know on G+A wonderful #sharedcircle  to become more popular than ever.To belong to this Circle, share it and comment this post !Kisses Giulia2013-09-05 05:59:42501223CC G+
Andrey Mashnich84,676Circle of interesting and active people in Google+ -  Круг интересных и активных людей в Google+#EarthMyMother #photo #ForFriends  2013-07-11 15:46:12496351761CC G+
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #2 The ones with last names that start from N-Z.These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles. We try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know).And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.2013-06-21 03:47:32198124CC G+
Technology Roundup0BMN's Tech Journalist And  Blogger List. IWe Have hand picked the best tech journalists on Google+. Most of these people are active. If you find anyone here who isn't active, let me know and I'll remove them.This feed will rock and roll for the hard core geeks out there.2013-06-21 01:34:13494123CC G+
Jerry Nguyen15,676#scio13 Attendee CircleAs promised, here is the updated circle of +ScienceOnline 2013 Attendees. I've pulled off all G+ links that were available (and functional) from the "Look Who's Coming" list. If you're attending and not in the circle, please let me know!This circle includes scientists, reporters, bloggers, superheroes, musicians, poets, photographers, and a whole bunch of other folks interested in finding ways to spread science online.(oh, and there's one consultant)Though not all attendees post frequently on G+, keep an eye on this circle over the next week! Hopefully we can get them to begin posting more on G+!Many thanks to +Karyn Traphagen, +Bora Zivkovic, and +Anton Zuiker  for organizing this whole herd of cats!Also thanks to +Emily Finke for maintaining a Twitter list of the attendees: https://twitter.com/seelix/scio13Share widely and often!2013-01-24 18:17:4024918313CC G+
Euro Maestro35,240The Who's Who for Google Plus - The top 500 Gplussers in the World in 2012. #socialnetworking #klout   #kred    #googleplus   #topcircles   #top500   #euromaestro  Back in April I created a list of the top 500 Gplussers as compiled by +CircleCount.  The methodology is explained in the original post.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/JtmZFHiJf2xA minor update was offered in October.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/eeHNhQAZX6wThis update is the list of the people with the most followers (in this case greater than 35 k, with high interaction (Klout score > 60), and engaging (based on comments per post).I may be incorporating Kred next year as there have been some issues with +Klout Please note the circle does not include everyone in the list.At the bottom of the first list, you will find a second list of all the Google plus users with greater than 35k followers who did not have a Klout score for ranking.This is only a first draft, people. Please don't be upset if you were left out or if there are mistakes. It takes a lot of work to compile this and I will publish a new list and circle with corrections.Also please note that precise rankings are meaningless due to the standard error of measurement involved in Klout scores. Many thanks to +CircleCount for making this job considerably easier.I also want to thank +Amanda Blain for all her suggestions over the various months on how to improve this list.As always, I welcome your suggestions and corrections.Please let me know of any corrections for the final list to be published before the end of the year.If I missed you, please let me know. Upcoming circle – please let me know if you want to be included.Active on Google plus and Twitter – provide your twitter id   Social Media MadnessThere are other social networks out there besides Google plus.  While Google Plus is certainly my favourite, there are uses for the other ones.Include your twitter id in the comments to be included in a future circle of twitter users on Google plus.Tweet me @euromaestro to be included on a twitter list of Google plus users. Follow me on :twitter :  https://twitter.com/euromaestrofacebook : http://www.facebook.com/euro.maestro2012-12-16 23:54:20209641136CC G+
Chris Mallory17,861Just 150 PeopleBecause it's saturday, here's a random circle share that consists of most of my favorite people on G+. In here are people of all sorts: people whom I personally enjoy engaging with, people whose content I believe to be interesting, people whom I can call friends, and people that don't know that I exist but make interesting posts anyway. It is certain that I've probably accidentally excluded some people - if so, my apologies! I've also purposefully excluded a handful of people such as real life friends, as well as +Miss M since she doesn't like being in my circles. Thanks for being cool, guys :)2012-12-08 22:45:1915029017CC G+
AJ Durling0This is a bonus circle, and is actually pretty much where I started when I was creating my first circles - Top 500 PlussersIt is the people with the highest number of users - and is actually now only 308 people. When I first collected the Top 500 Plussers on Google+, I spend a lot of time weeding out the people whose posts in which I didn't particularly have an interest (e.g. almost all of the photographers - nothing against people who post photos to G+, it's just me: this is Google+, not Flickr; people who only ever promote themselves - so quite a lot of the pop musicians). The list that is left are people who, I think, actually contribute to the stream. You may find some surprising choices (Dolly Parton?! Actually, yes!). But I hope you enjoy it.I've kept the name Top 500 even though it is a lot fewer than 500. I like the irony... #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #celebrity   #topcircles  2012-10-19 15:06:56307302CC G+
AJ Durling06) Number six, and the final circle share of the day, the favourite of my circles - Best of BritishThe homeland plussers; mostly interesting people, with a handful of interesting brand pages.If you like this, feel free to share it; if you don't, feel free to ignore it.Notable mentions: +Steve Jaszczak +Pete Graham +Jolyon Walker +Alastair Preacher +Chloe Crouch +Ruth Wood +Edward Hartwell Goose +Sandrine Pitiot +Lucky Charmz +Bruce Boulton +Dave Palmer +Mick SLM +Viki Fairweather +Marcus East +Bal Sangeezer +Antony Pace +Matt Rose +Russell Heilling +Julian White2012-10-19 15:05:044072919CC G+
Tim Moore23,874My Go To Circle when I'm using +Google+ from my mobile --- which is a lot!IF you use +Google+ from your mobile device and want GREAT CONTENT, then this is a money circle for you.  All the guys and gals in here are fantastic and post very shareable items.Created for the circle when you want to reliably find and share great content quickly from your mobile!>>> Help your friends who may be new here to +Google+ - share this circle with them.  They will love you forever......... or at least until payday. :) #greatcontent   #sharing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Public Circles +CircleCount +Nothing but Circles  #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  +Shared a circle with you +Full Circle  #mobile  2012-10-02 19:10:48484703259CC G+
Dave Cole6,751I thought I would share my science circle, many of the names you have already seen and added to your own lists, I'm sure. There may be a few people that are new to you.2012-07-19 04:10:1723122320CC G+
Alister Macintyre7,782My Science Fiction circle includes both fans and creators of SF, including literature, movies, games, music, a spectrum of media.  Note comments I will soon add.2012-07-02 04:31:5533219310CC G+
Kyle Beck0So, I know a lot of my friends who have joined +Google+ wonder "What's the point? I have a Facebook." Well that comparison was flawed from the beginning, although many people made it while trying to describe G+. There are similarities, but one of my favorite features in G+ has been the ability to share Circles with others. In fact I'm not sure I would see the point if I hadn't been shared this very circle by +Robert Scoble (IIRC) early on in my G+ membership. It has proven an invaluable source of up-to-the-minute Tech News over the past year and really showed me how G+ is very different from FB.See, when you visit FB the information you receive is solely from your family and real-life acquaintances. This can be great for keeping up with people you don't see regularly, etc., but it is very hard to reach out to new people who share your interests through FB. Not so on G+. You can create and share groups of friends and pages (Circles) to organize your social interests. In effect, this creates dynamic communities where you can choose who you interact with.Anyways, I hope you will consider adding this Circle, packed full of Tech Enthusiasts. If you don't really use G+ or wonder what the point is, that goes double for you!2012-06-30 00:28:364881003CC G+
David D. Stanton5,770Here is my Science and Technology Circle.... Enjoy! 2012-06-25 08:46:46501105CC G+
Michael C.0If you are a fan of mixed martial arts , or a fighter Please join this circle so that we can share and talk MMA as well as get the inside scoop on what is happening IN the UFC / MMA world2012-06-19 09:24:25501202CC G+
Max Huijgen24,852Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! Part IIAccording to the latest figures 426.9 million Europeans now use the InternetThere is a is feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, and last but not least the desire to have hangouts and interaction without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has four managers out of the community but feel to offer a bit of your time if you want to contribute. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. I also organized a "I will circle you" project. If people commented that they came from Europe I would circle them instead of the other way. The intention was to share this circle back to the community and the first circle of 500 went out. You can find them here https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1Now as promised it´s time for round 2: 300 people and a few European pages. Some very well known, some relatively unknown, but all certified active posters from Europe who will spice up your streams during European hours.Check them out and please share the circle as the intention is to get much more Europeans united!if you were left out while you signed up: my excuses as it´s a tedious job to manage all these circles. I checked all but I am only human :)2012-06-01 14:51:14301893957CC G+
Euro Maestro20,504The Who's Who for Google+ - The top 500 Gplussers in the World - UpdatedHere’s the updated and corrected Euro Maestro 500 list for April For an explanation of how the list was put together, see the original post.https://plus.google.com/107040353898400532534/posts/JtmZFHiJf2xYou can find the complete list on circlecount.com, one of my favorite sites.What’s new :1. Klout scores are updated and reflect the score as of Friday 27 April2. A few people were accidentally left out of the first circle including +Liz ℚuilty +Michael Q Todd +Pam Adger and +Aaron Wood – apologies to all3. Expanded list4. Change from previous score (12 April)I will update this list weekly and publish it once a month. This is the list for April and any other changes I will incorporate in the list for May. Your suggestions as always are most welcome. If you want the weekly list, just let me know. Many thanks to +Amanda Blain for pointing out some corrections. The circle includes everyone with a Klout score higher than 75 plus selected other users from this list that offer great content or honest intelligent discussion to bring it up to a round 200. Excluded from the circle are those that have not posted recently on Google+. I have left room in the circle for the people that may have been missed in this second draft. At the bottom, you will find those who have more than 50 000 followers and an unknown klout score. Many thanks to +CircleCount and +Klout for all the assistance and a great service. ======================================================The Top 500 by Klout score 1 Lady Gaga 94 2 Kim Kardashian 91 13 Selena Gomez 90 4 Pete Cashmore 89 -14 Demi Lovato 89 7 Snoop Dogg 88 67 Cristiano Ronaldo 88 29 Trey Ratcliff 87 -110 Guy Kawasaki 86 110 Mark Hoppus 86 1010 Nicholas Kristof 86 13 Thomas Hawk 85 13 Ivete Sangalo 85 15 LeBron James 84 -215 François Hollande 84 317 deadmau5 83 -117 Chris Pirillo 83 17 David GUETTA 83 17 Mike Elgan 83 21 Felicia Day 82 -121 Tom Anderson 82 221 Paris Hilton 82 21 Victoria Justice 82 -121 Robert Scoble 82 -121 50 Cent 82 121 Chris Hardwick 82 121 Greyson Chance 82 221 Joe Penna 82 -430 Britney Spears 81 30 Dalai Lama 81 130 Soulja Boy 81 30 Amanda Blain 81 130 Deepak Chopra 81 130 Michael Q Todd 81 new32012-04-28 15:54:02200451038CC G+
Peter Edenist1,172Being a little different this time, I've shared a whole new bunch of people from my Scifi Circles. The usual circle will be reshared later, but if you like, see how this works for you :) Let me know if you like the circle (New people added to it)I'm titling this my second circle (not everyone fits in one!). #scifi #scififans #scififriday #scifichat #sciencesunday #sciencefiction #scienceisawesome2012-04-21 09:11:34429706CC G+
Peter Edenist1,052My last circle share for some today. These are people I have had in my old circles for some time. I rarely see their posts, but I know they have things to say. If you can wake these sleeping giants, our #sciencefiction community here would be richer!A big huge giant thank you to all who frequent my stream and share with me. #scifi #scififans #sciencefiction #sleepinggiants Notifications have been sent to people who could make a difference!2012-04-16 14:00:202602010CC G+
Scott Ayres6,421Saw +Robert Scoble share this circle earlier. Full of bloggers, tech oriented people and etc. All are great Gplusers and will add a ton of value to your stream.2012-04-11 20:35:35500011CC G+
Robert Scoble1,146,151Here are 500 of my favorite Tech Journalists, bloggers, and pundits. I'm sharing this since I am seeing lots of new people coming over and I'm sure they are looking for some great people to circle here. Unfortunately I can't share everyone that I have in this circle (I have 575 in this circle on my screen, but Google+ only lets me share 500 with you). Lots of interesting tech bloggers and journalists here. Hope you enjoy. This is the circle that starts my morning every day.Speaking of Tech News, I'm off to +VMware. They are announcing new Cloud Foundry stuff this morning. So, you'll probably see some tech news from the folks in this circle.2012-04-11 16:01:035005737106CC G+
Kristl „Kay or K“ Huffman3,217Beat-the-Humpday-Blues circle share! I don't usually share circles, but I thought this might be a good one to share. This circle is pretty eclectic, but it is full of those who inspire me on a daily basis. It includes folks and pages that are from an assortment of genres: tech/geek, music, photography, SPACE/science, conservationists/environmentalists, certain modes of thought.Hope you enjoy! #circleshare #circlesharing2012-03-28 13:20:37121004CC G+
Robert Kappenhagen0+Charlie Hoover this is Fraser's Science circle (with a few of my own additions) If you want to share it with anyone.2012-03-08 01:47:57295000CC G+
Mike Clancy1,885Five hundred people who are active on G+ and interested in science and technology. Is that cool or what?2012-03-05 00:41:4850012915CC G+
Daniel Harrington11,027A Rockin' #Science #Circle - Thanks for Sharing! #circleshare #sciencecircles #scientists #biology #chemistry #physics #astronomy #entomology #marinebiology #archaeology #sciencecircle #sharedcircles #publiccircles2012-03-03 19:45:12337000CC G+
Katja Karhu2,592Circle of ScienceHere's a circle of people posting science-related content.2012-02-28 17:04:39418336CC G+
Robert Scoble700,661Yes, it's a ghost town of TECH INDUSTRY JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERS. Pay no attention to anyone from the Wall Street Journal who snuck onto this circle. Yes, this is 500 people, but they are almost all active.2012-02-28 03:05:115005538103CC G+
Igbo Anyanwu1,792My Massive Science Circle.2012-02-27 09:14:56501014CC G+
Pasi Ääpälä3,326My science circleHere are the people who are connected to science. Rocket scientists, molecular biologists and other fascinating people. More to come when I get my circles cleaned.2012-02-11 09:48:4090505CC G+
Jasmin Smith0Also, here's my Google+ starter kit with the top 400 people to follow. Enjoy! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #share #shared #circle #database #public #gplus #gplustips #google #googleplustips #googleplus2012-02-01 19:04:114041403CC G+
Max Huijgen8,441The Euro Top 50 Circle: Europeans with the largest follower countNo pages, just people based in geographic Europe who were already famous or got their followers through relentless efforts on G+ 1) +Tiësto . DJ Producer (781730 followers) Netherlands2) +David GUETTA DJ Producer (755177) French3) +Paul Oakenfold DJ Producer (731,708) UK4) +Armin van Buuren DJ Producer ((695499) Netherlands5) +April Summers Actress and Playboy model (592925) UK6) +Avicii DJ Producer Sweden7) +Mihailo Radičević Photographer8) +Zee M Kane CEO of The Next Web9) +Olaf Bathke Photographer Blogger10) +Klaus Herrmann HDR photograpy 11) +Mike Shaw Photographer12) +Terje Sorgjerd Photographer13) +Ed Yong Science writer14) +Bjork Musician15) +Jamie Oliver Cook :)16) +Markus Persson Game developer17) +J.R. Duran Photographer18) 2012-01-26 15:26:3950441925CC G+
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is my biggest circle, #Intellectual. I'd advise you follow either this or #Political, depending on which appeals to you more. As you can see, I follow a lot of very serious people, which is the sort of stuff I post as well. There's way more than what I've shared with you on +Google+ . There's +Handmade , there's +Android , there's +Funny Pictures & Videos . It's not just about serious stuff, even though that's what I mostly use it for.Anyway, happy G+ing! Make circles, post things, fill out your profiles, and if you see something really cool, share it! I don't have a good #Music circle, or a good #Photography circle, so one day you guys might share circles with me that I'd like :)P.s. Some useful tips. Google+ has #hashtag support, so when you put a "#" before a term it makes it a clickable link to see other times someone's mentioned that hashtag. So clicking #Intellectual up there would take you to a bunch of intellectual posts. And you tag people or pages with a "+" before their name.2012-01-23 13:52:20463500CC G+
Fraser Cain24,647My official, super science circle+Robert Scoble wanted me share my awesome science list. These are people who are active on Google+ and love to talk about science. We've got actual scientists, journalists, bloggers... even an astronaut!If you still don't really get why Google+ is such a great resource, just import this circle, and suddenly you'll see amazing science posts streaming by. Then you'll understand.For those of you wondering how to get on this list, just reply to this share suggesting yourself or someone else who's active and sciency. I'll take a look through your posting history and then add you.For Science!2012-01-17 21:41:532487414287CC G+
Imaad Mohammad0"You need more Science in your diet."- +Chris Pirillo.I've gained a lot of new followers in the last month; many have just joined Google+ and have an empty stream. For those of you who are brand new to the service, I want you to understand:The key to enjoying Google+ is to have an active and engaged stream of content. Circle interesting people.To help you out, I'm sharing my carefully curated science circle. This list contains almost 250 people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science topics. We've got scientists, journalists and science enthusiasts.If you import this circle, you'll see what I'm seeing, and I think you'll get why I like Google+ so much. If you don't import it, you'll see an empty screen and wonder why your friends haven't joined.I try to share this circle once a month or so, with some new faces, and the inactive people removed. So I suggest you import this list into a brand new circle which you can then replace when I send out an update._As always, if I've missed someone, please let me know and I'll be glad to add them for the next round._" Via +Fraser Cain #sharedcircle2012-01-11 06:09:50245200CC G+
Michael Pinto3,398{ geeky circle } i put together a science fiction, star trek, star wars, dr. who, astronomy, space exploration and science circle — please feel free to share2012-01-10 19:43:3330500CC G+
Hanni Parker2,414As promised, here is my #British circleIt consists of British people, or people based in Britain (and N.I.)If you want to be added (or removed) from this circle, please let me know. You can add individual people or add the whole circle to make your own British circle. If you want help with circles, feel free to ask :) People missing from the original circle (As they are in other circles) but well worth following:#english #welsh #scottish #irish #uk #british #england #ireland #wales"Shared a circle with you"2012-01-06 20:55:4547632103CC G+
Peter G McDermott19,636Circle of BloggersHere is a circle I have compiled of people that like to blog. If you're looking for writers or something to read outside of Google+, this is a great group of introspective folks to follow. If you enjoy this circle, be sure to share it with your friends to help them find reasons to stay entertained on Google+.2011-12-29 04:47:56243371852CC G+
Jason Goldman7,298Time to share the #scio12 circle again, which contains people attending the +ScienceOnline conference in January. Not on it and should be? Let me know.2011-12-07 22:06:12174816CC G+
Derek Dunfield0My Science Circle After a month off, this might be the perfect return-post. A combination of +Robby Bowles and +Allison Sekuler 's Science Circle with +Fraser Cain's Science Circle, I present to you 442 great people to follow. (cc +Brian McGirr)2011-12-06 04:27:21442936CC G+
Jon Hiller3,781I would like to share a circle that encases #science #astronomy& #physics and a few #biologists. I present to you, the Sci Talker circle2011-12-03 05:49:31355754CC G+
Robby Bowles10,281Science Circle #ScienceSundayI'm going to start off #ScienceSunday today by sharing my science circle. This circle contains scientists, science writers, and many others who post regularly about science related topics. One of my favorite circles! Please share this circle so others can find these science minded individuals!Don't forget to share a #ScienceSunday post today! Post anything related to science and tag it with #ScienceSunday . If you are a photographer, post a science related image and explain why it relates to science to you. If you are not a photographer, simply post anything related to science. We had some great posts last week and a lot of interesting discussion. I look forward to more this week! +Allison Sekuler and myself will be curating this theme each Sunday.2011-11-13 15:01:524216319CC G+

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2014-01-17 17:05:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

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2012-05-30 17:29:03 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 52 +1s)

This post is written in a font made from DNA (and there's a link at the bottom that explains how it works)

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2012-04-19 18:13:38 (7 comments, 19 reshares, 63 +1s)

In an act of transformation worthy of any magician, scientists have converted scar tissue in the hearts of living mice into beating heart cells. If the same trick works in humans (and we’re still several years away from a trial), it could lead us to a long-sought prize of medicine – a way to mend a broken heart.

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2012-04-19 18:12:49 (4 comments, 27 reshares, 62 +1s)

Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life’s grand variety: DNA and RNA. They encode the stuff of every whale, ant, flower, tree and bacterium.

But scientists have now developed six alternative polymers called XNAs that can also store genetic information and evolve through natural selection. None of them are found in nature. They are part of a dawning era of “synthetic genetics”, which expands the chemistry of life in new uncharted directions.


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2012-04-17 16:00:05 (7 comments, 19 reshares, 35 +1s)

Today I learned that kangaroos have three vaginas. Click on the link to find out more (SFW).

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2012-04-13 18:14:55 (9 comments, 25 reshares, 60 +1s)

Scientists have found bacteria that have been living underground for as long as modern humans have existed, but that still resist our antibiotics. Find out why http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/04/13/isolated-for-millions-of-years-cave-bacteria-resist-modern-antibiotics/

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2012-04-12 21:03:07 (8 comments, 20 reshares, 36 +1s)

‘Wasp’ is an English word, but ‘telk’ is not. You and I know this because we speak English. But in a French laboratory, six baboons have also learned to tell the difference between genuine English words, and nonsense ones. They can sort their wasps from their telks, even though they have no idea that the former means a stinging insect and the latter means nothing. They don’t understand the language, but can ‘read’ nonetheless.

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2012-04-11 20:04:36 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 48 +1s)

Sometimes I write about parasitic wasps that hijack the bodies of other insects. Well, here's a virus that controls the minds of those wasps. It's parasites all the way down.

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2012-04-11 20:03:40 (1 comments, 11 reshares, 19 +1s)

Many insect colonies have troops of soldiers, which defend their nests with special weapons like massive jaws or chemical guns. Kladothrips intermedius is no exception – this tiny insect, known as a thrips, has soldiers that supposedly crush their enemies to death with butch forearms. But contrary to appearances, these big arms aren’t all that useful for fighting. Instead, they’re living pharmacies. Christine Turnbull from Macquarie University and Holly Caravan from Memorial University of Newfoundland have found that the thrips warriors are actually healers.

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2012-04-09 14:23:54 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)

Will we ever have a fool-prooflie-detector? Unlikely, for several reason that I outline in my new BBC column

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2012-03-29 19:46:16 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 36 +1s)

London’s streets are a mess. Roads bend sharply, end abruptly, and meet each other at unlikely angles. Intuitively, you might think that the cells of our brain are arranged in a similarly haphazard pattern, forming connections in random places and angles. But a new study suggests that our mental circuitry is more like Manhattan’s organised grid than London’s chaotic tangle.

It consists of sheets of fibres that intersect at right angles, with no diagonals anywhere to be seen.Van Wedeen from Massachusetts General Hospital, who led the study, says that his results came as a complete shock. “I was expecting it to be a pure mess,” he says. Instead, he found a regular criss-cross pattern like the interlocking fibres of a piece of cloth.


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2012-03-15 13:29:35 (15 comments, 20 reshares, 49 +1s)

A living tick, FILMED under a scanning electron microscope, waving hello. That. Is. Hardcore.

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2012-03-12 18:00:22 (11 comments, 11 reshares, 38 +1s)

My new BBC column: We now have implants that can restore sightto the blind, but they have limitations. 20/20 vision isn’t achievable withcurrent tech. Colour vision is probably out of the question. Still, one personwho was fitted with the chips can read. Another saw his fiancée laugh for thefirst time.

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2012-03-11 16:25:07 (9 comments, 11 reshares, 30 +1s)

John Bargh, a psychologist at Yale University, has published a scathing attack on a paper that failed to replicate one of his most famous studies. His post, written on his own blog on Psychology Today, is a mixture of critiques of the science within the paper, and personal attacks against the researchers, PLOS ONE, the journal that published it, and me, who covered it. Here, I take a closer look at Bargh’s many objections.

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2012-03-08 21:52:37 (6 comments, 22 reshares, 35 +1s)

We're starting to work out what colours dinosaurs had. The latest discovery is that Microraptor - a four-winged feathered dinosaur - was iridescent, with the same metallic sheen that you see on today’s hummingbirds, peacocks, and swallows. If you travelled back in time and stumbled across Microraptor, you might think that you’d found a Cretaceous starling.

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2012-03-08 15:36:08 (4 comments, 17 reshares, 54 +1s)

Fish snags pterosaur by accident, and both of them die. Millions of years, we find this awesome fossil

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2012-03-07 22:14:01 (2 comments, 30 reshares, 40 +1s)

You thought cancer was a hard problem? Youhave no idea. A new study shows that two parts of a single tumour can be genetically different enough to signify different prognoses or treatment options. One tumour can be an entire world.

Click the link to find out more.

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2012-03-07 15:18:56 (19 comments, 165 reshares, 244 +1s)

It begins. The entire nation of Kiribati isin talks to move to Fiji, because of rising sea levels

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2012-03-07 15:17:06 (14 comments, 55 reshares, 100 +1s)

I dare you not to be a bit moved by this.

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2012-03-05 17:14:48 (3 comments, 17 reshares, 26 +1s)

Sawfish-fu! Finally, scientists work out how sawfish use the bizarre weapon on their faces.

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2012-03-05 15:19:23 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 26 +1s)

We build on the past, rather than just passing it along. As generations tick by, our culture and technology becomes more complex. Other species don't share the same ‘cultural ratchet’, but why? An intriguing new experiment provides some answers, by comparing children, capuchins, and chimps.

Click the link to read what happened.

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2012-03-05 15:18:01 (5 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s)

QR codes - gimmicky, barely useful, and sometimes spectacularly stupid. Some choice examples here.

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2012-03-05 15:16:52 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)

Don't miss Download the Universe - a new blog by Carl Zimmer and several other star science writers (er, and me) where we review science e-books.

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2012-02-20 20:31:12 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

After more than 30,000 years of being frozen in a squirrel burrow, ancient fruits have produced this delicate white flower.

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2012-02-20 10:09:42 (11 comments, 12 reshares, 64 +1s)

This time last week, I was watching five blue whales. Here's the story of my encounter, with lots of pics.

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2012-01-16 22:54:49 (22 comments, 45 reshares, 89 +1s)

How did life on Earth evolve from single cells to complex creatures comprised of many cells? With surprising ease according to an elegant new experiment. William Ratcliff has successfully nudged single-celled brewer’s yeast into multicellular clusters, within just a few months. The clumps of cells evolved as one. This is the story of how I became we, and how we became I again.In an

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2012-01-11 22:09:10 (8 comments, 28 reshares, 48 +1s)

In December of 2011, Fred Kraus from the Bishop Museum in Hawaii announced that he had discovered the world’s smallest frogs. The two coin-sized species were just 8.1 to 9.3 millimetres long. But these miniscule amphibians now share a different record – they were the world’s smallest frogs for the shortest amount of time.

Less than a month after Kraus’s announcement, Eric Rittmeyer and Christopher Austin from Louisiana University have found an even smaller frog, just 7 to 8 millimetres long. It’s dwarfed by a dime. It’s not just the world’s smallest frog, but the world’s smallest back-boned animal.

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2012-01-09 17:15:01 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)

A group of Galapagos giant tortoises, thought to be extinct for 150 years, may still be alive. Some of the tortoises from a neighbouring island are hybrids, and one of the parents came from the supposedly extinct group. Conclusion: the "extinct" tortoises may still be around. Now it's just a case for finding them.

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2012-01-05 11:29:58 (14 comments, 20 reshares, 64 +1s)

The mimic octopus impersonates lots of different venomous animals, like seasnakes and flatfish.

And a jawfish mimics the mimic octopus! Don't miss the video.

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2012-01-04 13:37:45 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 49 +1s)

"Time and again, evolution has equipped cat-like predators with the combined skills of the wrestler and the ninja."

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2012-01-03 22:30:23 (8 comments, 15 reshares, 46 +1s)

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2012-01-03 14:12:52 (4 comments, 21 reshares, 53 +1s)

Spider silk is extraordinary but farming spiders is impractical. To make enough, you have to synthesise it. That's difficult. People have made silk proteins in everything from bacteria to goats, but assembling the proteins into fibres is very hard.

So why not use an animal that can already make silk fibres, and has been cultivated in large numbers for centuries? Enter the silkworm.

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2012-01-02 20:02:51 (9 comments, 29 reshares, 52 +1s)

The real secret to a Stradivarius's superior sound is... that it doesn't have superior sound.

"The duo asked professional violinists to play new violins, and old ones by Stradivari and Guarneri. They couldn’t tell the difference between the two groups. One of the new violins even emerged as the most commonly preferred instrument."

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2012-01-02 19:19:48 (6 comments, 22 reshares, 31 +1s)

You appendix could save your life. There's an idea that it's a sanctuary for helpful gut bacteria, and a new paper tests this.

2012-01-02 18:47:29 (68 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

Riddle me this: which genus has the most number of living species?


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2011-12-30 16:01:55 (9 comments, 14 reshares, 64 +1s)

I wrote 272 posts last year. Here are 30 of my favourites, featuring the Black Death, rainbow wings, skull cups, the Black Death and cyborg monkeys.

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2011-12-29 13:57:04 (5 comments, 15 reshares, 57 +1s)

The ocean is full of glowing bacteria, which are screaming “Eat me!” at passing fish. A fish’s guts are full of nutrients, and it can carry bacteria across large distances. The bacteria, by turning themselves into glowing bait, get a lift and a meal.

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2011-12-29 13:56:03 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 32 +1s)

Surrender monkeys! Larger monkey groups lose fights against smaller ones because they contain more deserters


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2011-12-29 13:55:23 (7 comments, 24 reshares, 47 +1s)

The bacteria on your skin affect how you smell, and thus how likely you are to be bitten by malarial mosquitoes.

2011-12-24 17:12:38 (3 comments, 17 reshares, 35 +1s)

Here are my top 12 long-form reads of the year, featuring the Sherlock Holmes of fungus, twins who are joined at the head, the mind of an octopus, and a scientist who went on a killing spree. Brilliant journalism, great storytelling. Your Christmas reading, sorted.

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2011-12-23 14:41:36 (12 comments, 30 reshares, 84 +1s)

Scorpions glow bright blue-green under UV light. Why?

And could their entire body actually act as one big eye?

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2011-12-22 23:11:21 (29 comments, 109 reshares, 138 +1s)

300 years of fossil fuel history, condensed into a stellar 5 minute animation.

2011-12-22 23:10:13 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 26 +1s)

The rainforest has a mezzanine level – a layer of dead leaves suspended in mid-air by sticky fungi. It's a world of vital importance, literally hanging by a thread.


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2011-12-22 23:08:36 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 22 +1s)

Elephants walk on the world’s biggest platform shoes. Now, we know that they also have hidden stiletto heels.

My piece on the elephant's sixth toe at Nature: http://www.nature.com/news/how-the-elephant-got-its-sixth-toe-1.9712

And my full interview with John Hutchinson, the man with (probably) the world's largest collection of frozen elephant feet. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/12/22/6054/

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2011-12-15 16:36:22 (11 comments, 16 reshares, 50 +1s)

Meet the ant that uses airborne chemical weapons.

The African ant Crematogaster striatula can raise its sting and release its venom as an aerosol spray. Its targets are termites, whose nests it raids. Even without making any contact, the ants can induce seizures in the termites, eventually paralysing them. It's insect gas-warfare.

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2011-12-14 22:12:50 (12 comments, 17 reshares, 54 +1s)

Dinosaur fans - boy, do I have something awesome for you.

This new paper suggests that Deinonychus and Velociraptor didn't use their killing claws for slashing prey or hanging onto them. Instead, they were more like anchors, used to pin prey to the ground while the animals dismembered them with their mouths.

It's a beautiful study, based on comparing the dinosaurs to birds of prey like eagles and hawks (which are obviously living dinosaurs themselves).

It makes sense of a LOT of weird body parts of Deinonychus, Velociraptor and their relatives. And it has broad implications for things like the origin of flight.

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2011-12-14 15:44:23 (19 comments, 55 reshares, 107 +1s)

This is AWESOME. Humpback whale plays with bottlenose dolphin, lifting it clean out of the water.

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2011-12-14 14:43:58 (19 comments, 17 reshares, 32 +1s)

We're often called the "naked ape" but we're actually covered in hair. It's very fine and usually very light. Why do we have it? A new paper suggests that it's to make parasites easier to detect

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2011-12-14 14:42:19 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 34 +1s)

Two innovations allow hummingbirds to hover in the air and fly like insects, even though they have the bones of birds. Read the piece to find out what they are.

Bonus: it includes a guide to flap your arms like a hummingbird. You will look very silly.

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2011-12-14 14:39:12 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 36 +1s)

There is an old story about a scorpion and a turtle. Variants abound, but the basic tale revolves around an unusually talkative scorpion that asks a turtle for a lift across a river. The turtle refuses at first, fearing the scorpion’s sudden but inevitable betrayal. The scorpion insists, the turtle relents, and the two get halfway across before the scorpion predictably stings the turtle. As they sink to their mutual deaths, the turtle asks, “Why did you do it?” The scorpion simply replies: “It’s my nature.”

This story is similar, except an octopus plays the role of the scorpion, and no one talks.


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