A thresher shark’s tail attack is like a “ballet move.” A cheetah changes direction like a wide receiver. Myxococcus xanthus bacteria have a “kind of stealth communication system” that may help them plan their signature wavelike attacks.
Those are some of the ways New York Times science writer James Gorman discusses scientific research in the Times’ weekly “Science Take” videos, which debut today. The clips are 60-90-second-long discussions of an idea that’s popped out of research Gorman and the science section’s Jeffery DelViscio have read.
The journalists look for research with “one point that can be summarized,” Gorman said by phone. A lot of scientific research now has video attached, making it easier for the Times to illustrate sometimes-lofty concepts.
That’s not actually too far from a way to approach blogging, I ventured to science editor Barbara Strauch in a separate call.… Read more