Editor’s selections: flying snakes, wormholes, metallic glasses and hungry crabs

skyskull “Dr. SkySkull” selects several notable posts each week from a miscellany of ResearchBlogging.org categories. He blogs at Skulls in the Stars.

Running a little late this evening — end of semester grading is overwhelming my days!  Here are my Monday’s selections, a little behind schedule:

  • The Flying Snake Portion of your Dissertation Work… Snakes are not the first thing that naturally comes to mind when one thinks of aerodynamics.  However, Scicurious at Neurotic Physiology discusses one of the most unusual sights of the animal kingdom — the “flying snake” — and the research done on its flight capabilities!
  • Searching for wormholes with general relativity. Wormholes are a staple of science fiction, but if they actually exist, how would we find them?  Greg Fish at weird things discusses the possibilities, and the rather gruesome possibilities that might result from journeying through a wormhole!
  • 50 years of metallic glasses. Under most natural conditions, metals form a nice crystalline structure.  In a lab, however, they can be made to take a glassy state — Joerg Haber of All That Matters explains how it is done, and what it is good for!
  • Cape Cod Crabs Consume Haline Hay. Where has all the haline hay gone?  Some careful scientific detective work has indicated that crabs are the culprit; Sam of Oceanographer’s Choice gives a clear explanation of the evidence so far, and what other questions should be answered.

Check back next week for more “miscellaneous” suggestions!

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