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Decimal points matter Decimal points matter

Look at that hole in a fairly recent (2000 year old?) human skull.

It is not difficult to include links in Kinja It is not difficult to include links in Kinja

Ok. So. You’re a science writer for a website. You get assigned, or you assign yourself, to write an article about a science research paper. The research paper did not come out today, it instead went online on July 13th. That means other people have already written about it. For example, it was covered by New Scientist

Our once and future overlords? Our once and future overlords?

Back in April of 2016, io9’s second editor, Charlie Jane Anders, left io9.

Gizmodo covered some new sauropod research Gizmodo covered some new sauropod research

Earlier this week, Gizmodo’s science writer intern was able to cover two fossil dinosaur news items in one day. That coverage was better than what some of Gizmodo’s science writers have written, but there’s the occasional area wherein some better writing or better editing could have made a stronger article. Here are…

Kinja.com updates through time, with 9 updates Kinja.com updates through time, with 9 updates

Screenshots as a form of digital archaeology

Bricken out, Pantozzi up Bricken out, Pantozzi up

Rob Bricken used Twitter today to announce that as of the end of July he will no longer be employed at Gizmodo’s io9.

Narcisse out Narcisse out

As announced on the Twitters, io9 Senior Writer Evan Narcisse will be ending his time at io9 in the near future.

Arthur William Bell 1945-2018 Arthur William Bell 1945-2018

The Nevada news is reporting that Art Bell has deceasified as of yesterday. I do not know how to properly eulogize someone who encapsulated so many personalities into one human body so I will instead just admit I never called into his program.

With apologies to tardigrada.net With apologies to tardigrada.net

It was the end of February and online science writing had to tackle a story about microscopic organisms. For the Gizmodo Media Group, that meant someone at Gizmodo had to tackle the story. The usual suspect was chosen.

On elephants and mastodons On elephants and mastodons

An article two weeks ago interested me and I finally had time today to dissect it a little.

Amphibians and specialization Amphibians and specialization

On February 15th, well-known comedian1 pretending to be an op-ed columnist for The New York Times David Brooks wrote an article about adaptable humans. He chose to use the word Amphibians. This word usage prompted Deadspin’s Albert Burneko to also use the word, attempting to correct Brooks. I will attempt to correct…

Dinah the Pink Dinosaur Dinah the Pink Dinosaur

Dinah the Pink Dinosaur, like many dinosaurs, has a not-that-well-written Wikipedia page.

The Misliya Cave hominin The Misliya Cave hominin

There’s a fossilized left partial maxilla with some teeth in it that has been identified as a specimen of Homo sapiens. If that species identification is correct, then it’s the earliest-identified fossil of our species found outside of Africa. It got press coverage today for a paper that has a posted publication date…

io9's videos have almost shown every (current) staff member (updated thrice) io9's videos have almost shown every (current) staff member (updated thrice)

It came to my attention yesterday that some of the Observation Deck audience doesn’t know that io9 has been featuring a lot of video recently, and that these videos show almost all of the current io9 staff. ... and one recently-turned-ex io9 staff.

What happens when someone is accused of plagiarizing Gizmodo? What happens when someone is accused of plagiarizing Gizmodo?

Earlier this week, an article at the International Business Times was accused of plagiarizing content from a Gizmodo article. I was interested in seeing what happened next. And I’ll pull a clickbait here and say that what I found amused me.

Inner ears and expertise Inner ears and expertise

Being a science journalist can be a difficult task. Every day new articles about new research are being published, and the primary job of a science journalist is to translate that newly published research into something consumable by whomever the intended audience is for whatever journal or website or newspaper…

Happy 10th Birthday to io9! Happy 10th Birthday to io9!

io9 was launched on 2 January 2008. By surviving all the way to 2 January 2018, it has survived 10 dang years. That’s a heckin lot of years. Let’s look back at how it has celebrated its birthdays.

Happy 8th birthday Observation Deck! Happy 8th birthday Observation Deck!

Eight years ago today the io9 staff created Observation Deck.

Is eating synthetic Birthweek flesh cannibalism? Is eating synthetic Birthweek flesh cannibalism?

This is the last day of the 8th year of Observation Deck. This day is the end of Year 8 of the experiment that the staff of io9 created; a community based on putting fans of SF, fantasy, science, and futurism all together into a mixer and seeing what gentle agitation will create.

What's the worst birthweek in the world? What's the worst birthweek in the world?

Welcome to the fifth chapter of a seven chapter introductory module entitled The Birthweek 8.0. In this module the adventurers must find further ingredients for the cybercake that is being made to feed the cyberdragon that has threatened the well-being of the Observation Deck. Aiding the adventurers in this quest are…

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