The South American polka dot tree frog is the first fluorescent frog ever found. Before this year, fluorescence was unheard of in amphibians and extremely rare in terrestrial animals. Unlike bioluminescence, fluorescence requires light and can’t exist in total darkness. While it’s pretty common for marine species to exhibit this property, the list of terrestrial species was thought to be limited to some parrots and scorpions.
Scientific studies have conflicting results when it comes to marijuana research. While a wealth of research has studied how on how marijuana affects the human body, it’s hard to find solid results when methods of data collection are limited to personal surveys. This opinion piece for the Washington Post explores why marijuana research is so difficult to do well.
In celebration of Pi Day (which also happens to be Experiment’s birthday), the Colorado Rockies showcased Pi to 30 decimal places. The picture was admittedly photoshopped, but the Rockies weren’t the only sport’s team paying homage to the irrational constant. Other teams sports teams celebrating the ratio’s approximation included the Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls.
Considering whether to attend the March for Science? In these two articles, two scientists discuss science activism and the effects of the science march. Robert S. Young, a professor of coastal geology, argues that the march will politicize science making it harder to progress. Dan Pomeroy, a physicist and grassroots campaigner, believes that science activism in some form is a necessary step towards reforming how science is done and the role it plays in the U.S.
National geographic has done something awesome by unveiling a free website for printing topographical maps. Their website hosts a compilation of every USGS topographical map available across the states and allows users to easily print copies of the maps at home, which could be an invaluable tool for landscape photographers.