What we’re reading

What are this week’s most interesting stories in the world of science and tech? Here’s what we’ve come up with. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below.

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Scientists have just thawed a 12,400-year-old puppy found in Russian permafrost | Science Alert

A now extinct breed of dog has been discovered in a remarkable state of preservation, and one scientist is hoping to clone it.


Turning oil rigs into reefs | New York Times

They look like out-of-work oil rigs, but dive beneath the surface and witness how these steel-rod structures have become hotbeds for marine life. For extra credit, check out these photos of NYC subway cars that have been converted into artificial reefs.


The ingenious tricks that will make your wine taste like liquid gold | Quartz

Context is everything.  A new study asked 578 people to distinguish between cheap and expensive bottles of wine.  It turns out that the probability of distinguishing correctly is akin to a coin flip.


Endangered right whales return to Cape Cod in ‘mindblowing’ numbers | The Guardian

This year, scientists have observed a huge uptick in the number of right whales off the shores of Cape Cod this year.  “It’s only through seeing them and their scars that we can really understand what’s going on with them.”


The mysterious genetics of the four-leaf clover | Wired

“Not everything happens for a reason.” Scientists take a deep-dive into the surprisingly complex clover genome in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.


Fukushima’s ground zero: No place for man or robot | Reuters

Unfit for man and bot. The robots sent into Fukushima’s nuclear reactors to remove radioactive fuel have failed to return.


This week surfers will ride a wave in the Amazon River | New York Times

This week, surfers are flocking to Brazil. The wave they’re hunting is called a “tidal bore” and it occurs when the sun, moon, and earth all align, reversing the tide of the Amazon river and producing a solitary wave.