Tuesday, January 18, 2011

When Science Attacks

Interesting look at the effect of flipper bands used in studies of penguins in Nature, made all the more fun by the fact that there's video...

You should check out the news article as well, it's an easy read and not technical, which does point out that over the years some studies have found issues with bands and some have found no effects (the technical paper is subscription only).

It's also interesting from a journalistic and technological prospective to see how Nature is working to incorporate mixed media and take advantage of online options to expand the coverage of this story.  There's even a podcast on the story, although I haven't listened to it yet.  I think it works very well in this case.

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