As I slowly dig myself out from under a giant backlog of news, please enjoy this tasty subsample of the science news of the week. I think this entry could also be titled Links that prove that Rick MacPherson is awesome.
- A spotted eagle ray killed a woman in Florida by jumping into the speedboat she was riding in and hitting her with great force. Slate contemplates leaping-aquatic-creature-related injuries, and Rick MacPherson collects a fine compendium of other ill-fated critter collisions.
- See an eggcase on the beach? Let Shark Trust know. If you are an egg case maestro, take Rick MacPherson’s egg case quiz.
- Atheist blogger PZ Myers expelled from free public screening of Ben Stein’s lame creationist movie “Expelled.” Too bad the “Expelled” people were so busy congratulating themselves on nabbing Myers that they missed…Richard Dawkins. Here’s the NY Times take. The whole incident has since exploded into a civil war over who gets to represent science to the public. Rick MacPherson summarizes in handy graphic form.
- Giant sea creatures found in Antarctica! (Thanks Ethan and Riana!) I want to see a fight between the giant Antarctic sea stars and the extremely fearsome sunflower star. Rick MacPherson ignores this news completely, being all tropical and such. Whew.