- I'm prone to falling in love with any interesting creature I read about, so maybe it won't carry much weight when I say this is the most fascinating ever: a fish with a transparent head. But it is.
- British psychologists are warning that social-networking sites are "infantilizing" young people's brains. And yes, I'm sure somebody will now mock this on their Facebook wall.
- As the Arctic temperature increases, thawing the permafrost, bubbles of methane can be released, further contributing to warming. (Be sure to watch the video -- the scientist interviewed describes lighting these escaping methane pockets on fire as fun AND informative. The holy grail!)
- Every year I debate whether or not to get a flu shot -- I kind of like the idea of lying at home, watching a lot of TV and drinking ginger ale and eating soup. (Yes, I realize this is a luxury.) Every year, scientists debate how the flu vaccine might have mutated, and how it might appear in that season. However, researchers are closer to a universal flu vaccine, having identified an antibody that combats all strains of the virus. That doesn't necessarily help me out, though.