What Is High-Throughput Word Generation (HTWG)?

If you read the following brief passage, you might invent the question “What Is High-Throughput Word Generation (HTWG)?” The passage is from the paper “It׳s all Greek to me: Towards a broader view of food science and ‘creativity’ in gastronomy,” by Will Goldfarb, in the research journal International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science (vol. […]

An Insect Photographer Who Is Scared of Insects

Louise Downham interviews someone who, despite and because of his fear of insects, now specializes in photographing them. The interview is in Fstoppers, a publication for readers who purchase photographic equipment. The interview begins: Terrified of creepy crawlies he may be, but Mofeed Abu-Shalwa has committed his career to photographing and researching tiny creatures. I […]

New Book of Pranks Pulled by Scientists

Il Pollo di Marconi (English translation: “Marconi’s Chicken”) is a new book that collects and savors pranks pulled by scientists (and/or their ilk). Journalist Vito Tartamella did the collecting and savoring. The book, which includes Tartamella’s own celebrated discovery of the stealthily published scientific papers by Stronzo Bestiale (English translation: “Total Asshole”), is in Italian. […]

Prize-winning Duck Biologist Quacks at Rotterdam Ban on Feeding Bread to Ducks

The city of Rotterdam plans to prohibit people from feeding bread to ducks. The news organization NRC reports, on April 7, 2022, about the pushback on that, especially from the city’s most eminent duck biologist. Here is a machine translation (into English) of that report: Doubts in Rotterdam about the usefulness of the ban on […]