Here are some things that have struck me as particularly interesting recently.
- Equinox shows Saturn’s rings to be bumpier than expected.
- Phoebe gives Saturn a super-ring.
- Augmented reality for astronauts.
- Raining rocks: weather on really hot planets.
- Nice picture showing relative sizes of solar system bodies (2007).
- Studying crystallisation in low gravity.
- How pruning works.
- Nanotubes as fertiliser? Even if impractical, still cool.
- Hyenas cooperate to solve puzzles.
- Back in February, I linked to a fascinating article about bacteria without cell walls. Here is a blog post on the research, which includes pictures. [Update: I have since learned that L-form bacteria have been known since the 1930s, and that it is only the method of reproduction that is news.]
Palaeontology and Archaeology:
- Tyrannosaurus rex suffered from bird disease.
- Komodo dragon fossils in Australia.
- One of this month’s big stories was about Ardipithecus, a pre-Australopithecus human ancestor.
- Emperor Nero’s banquet hall discovered.
- Advanced origami (2008)