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Styrofungus, mycolastic - saving us from styrofoam
To interplanetary archeologists our particular civilization will probably be know as the "styrofoam makers". Styrofoam and its cousin polystrene (those wh...
8 minutes ago from The Phytophactor
Music and fractal landscapes
published by @ulaulaman *For the #towelday I publish the paper by Richard MacDuff extracted from from "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" by Douglas ...
4 hours ago from Doc Madhattan
Ants Reveal How to Build a Tunnel You Can't Fall Down
It's hard to keep your footing in a steep tunnel made of loose dirt while others are scrambling around and over your body. Harder still in pitch blackne...
1 day ago from inkfish
TMI Friday: Batteries should NOT be included
There are some days when you have to ask yourself, just what is the deal with men. I don't mean our general demeanour, or the pretensions of superiority ov...
1 day ago from Memoirs of a Defective Brain
Naming a viral disease around the world
OK so I need a little help. I am a final year PhD student studying the molecular biology of mumpsvirus. As part of my final written thesis I would like to i...
2 days ago from Rule of 6ix
*Mature specimen of *Rhapydionina deserta*, from Loeblich & Tappan (1964).* Calcareous foraminiferans have been featured on this site before: planktic flo...
2 days ago from Catalogue of Organisms
My pet theory about the human nose: breastfeeding
Why is the outer nose shaped as it is? Why don't humans just have two holes in the face, rather than this protuberance that we care so much to have the rig...
3 days ago from Pleiotropy
VerbCorner: A Citizen Science project to find out what verbs mean
Earlier this week, I blogged about our new VerbCorner project. At the end, I promised that there would be more info forthcoming about why we are doing this...
3 days ago from Games with Words
*Belongs within:* Sordariales. *Chaetosphaeria inaequalis*, photographed by Lucien Rommelaars. The Chaetosphaeriaceae are a group of saprobic fungi growin...
3 days ago from Variety of Life
Religion is halfway between a fact and an opinion - according to kids and adults
Is it possible for two people to disagree, and for both to be right? Well it depends, of course, on what they're disagreeing about. If it's a matter of fac...
5 days ago from Epiphenom
Bioengineers go retro to build a calculator from living cells
Scientists in the US have developed a calculator from living cells, using old-fashioned analog programming. Their hope is that the technology could be used...
6 days ago from The Allotrope
An Ecotourism Vacation
The end of the school year has me thinking about summer vacations and I have just added a new location to my vacation wish list. The Cape Horn region of so...
1 week ago from Moss Plants and More
A New Non-mammaliaform Eucynodont from the Ischigualasto Formation of Argentina
*Martínez, R. N., Eliana Fernandez, E., and O. A. Alcober. 2013. A new non-mammaliaform eucynodont from the Carnian-Norian Ischigualasto Formation, Northwe...
1 week ago from Chinleana
Poison for pain, the homeopathic way
At my local mega-grocery store last weekend, I happened to stroll down the aisle dedicated to homeopathic treatments. I saw shelf after shelf of brightl...
1 week ago from Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience
Chemistry, fluid dynamics and an awful radioactive mess
When it comes to handling radioactive waste the Hanford site in western Washington state is the opposite of a role model. Ever since its reactors started ...
2 weeks ago from The Curious Wavefunction
How do we decide who to listen to about something chemical? I have a piece in Slate this week (on the brouhaha around the teenager in Florida and the exp...
2 weeks ago from The Culture of Chemistry
Formatting figures for PLOS journals
A tweet by Jon Eisen last night reminded me what a pain it is to format figures so they are acceptable to the PLOS journals' system. Kate Stafford was ...
4 weeks ago from RRResearch
In the Dark
Dark matter is the commonest, most elusive stuff in the universe. Can we grasp this great unsolved problem in physics? [image: Interior view of the LUX da...
4 weeks ago from The Astronomist
Happy Easter with a (fake) Dozen Dinosaur Eggs
*Roy Chapman Andrews* was not only an intrepid explorer and palaeontologist, but also a gifted promoter. The *Central Asiatic Expeditions* in search of fo...
1 month ago from History of Geology
Descent into Madness
I enjoy the NFL, college hockey and basketball, and a little NASCAR to pass a lazy Sunday afternoon on the couch. However, I'm not a huge follower of any ...
1 month ago from Angry by Choice
The Molecular Circus
This blog has now moved. Join me for more pharmacological fun, and new and exciting explorations into the minute and magical world of molecules at.... http...
6 months ago from A is for Aspirin
Welcome to Jurassic Park?
A fictional book that became a dino blockbuster, and it was on the telly last weekend! Jurassic Park is currently the 23rd highest-grossing film of all tim...
7 months ago from The View from a Microbiologist
Hey girl. Have you heard about the war on women?
Image credits (if not credited, public domain) Ron Paul Timothy Dolan Rick Santorum Mike Huckabee Chris Christie Marco Rubio
9 months ago from The Biology Files
The Lure of the Obscure? Guest Post by Frank Stahl
Image from Hochwagen Lab This proposal was shouted out as “…one of the most important papers on the control of meiotic crossing over…” (Hawley 2006). ...
11 months ago from Sex, Genes & Evolution
On math and magic
I've been on a kick lately of re-reading my old favorite fantasy novels. I started with some of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles, and am now going ba...
1 year ago from PLEKTIX
Finding a new translation factor, and verifying it with help from my experimental friends
Joy of joys my most recent paper has just been published in Nucleic Acids Research! Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print] Evolutionary a...
1 year ago from Protein Evolution and Other Musings
Free ImageJ Macro -- for citing images
(of course all IJ macros and IJ itself are free...) So I got sick of constantly clicking away just to resize an image and add some citation text to the bot...
1 year ago from Skeptic Wonder
Girlybits 101, now with fewer scary parts!
I was deeply considering a blog hiatus, dear readers, but sometimes you get hit with sledgehammers, and the only thing you can do to make sense of it all i...
1 year ago from C6-H12-O6
Do Science Bloggers Exercise Free Will?
That's the question--as I stare at the census data in search of a juicy trend--that would seem the most sensational and draw the most readers. A trend...t...
1 year ago from Labs
The Large Picture Blog Has Moved
Our New Home: TelescopeFeed
1 year ago from The Large Picture Blog
Lab Rat Moving House
Trying to keep both this and my new sciam blog going has been a bit of a strain. I've decided therefore that from now on all my science writing will be hos...
1 year ago from Life of a Lab Rat
Goodbye FoS, thanks for all the laughs
Moving house again… Well almost, moving addresses anyway. It wasn’t that long ago I moved from Disease of the Week to here at Disease Prone to take advanta...
1 year ago from Disease Prone
Branson getting into microbial diversity in the deep sea
Quick post here ... just read this article - Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic: deep-sea exploring submarines - Boing Boing which discusses how Katri...
2 years ago from The Greenhouse