Quickies: Women’s World Cup, race, cat vision, and Nobel laureate apologizes for “girls in the lab” comments
- What’s happening at the Women’s World Cup, where the artificial turf is 120 degrees – “When the tournament kicked off Saturday, the temperature of the playing surface was reportedly 120 degrees, despite the fact that it was a pleasant 75 degrees that day in Edmonton. That’s because artificial turf, a combination of rubber and plastic, gets a lot hotter than natural grass.”
- Is race a social invention? – Great video on how race is not biological fact. From Will.
- This cat with an eye patch has so much to teach scientists about vision – “Come for the pirate cats; stay for the science (and pirate cats).”
- Sir Tim Hunt “sorry” over “trouble with girls” comments – “Sir Tim, 72, who was awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 2001 for his work on how cells divide, reportedly told the World Conference of Science Journalists: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry.””
Featured image by Flickr user Martin Berglund