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Now that was a political speech to remember. Not!
The most dangerous, unforgivable thing John McCain ever did was to pick Sarah Palindrone as his VP running mate; the idea that she was that close to so muc...
2 hours ago from The Phytophactor
Does fructose inhibit development of competence?
I gave a seminar at Michigan State yesterday, invited by the Microbiology graduate students (Thanks guys!). While I was there I met with a research grou...
3 hours ago from RRResearch
*Lissothrips muscorum*, from E. H. Strickland Entomological Museum. *Belongs within:* Phlaeothripidae. *Contains:* *Sophiothrips*. The Williamsiellina is ...
10 hours ago from Variety of Life
Pity the postdoc
PNAS has an interesting interview with well-known biochemist Greg Petskoabout the plight of the postdoc. Postdocs are the main drivers of published academic...
1 day ago from The Curious Wavefunction
Stephen Hawking and the (cosmological) Riemann's zeta function
Following *Emilio Elizalde* (read this presentation in pdf) I found a paper by *Stephen Hawking* in which he used the Riemann's zeta function: This paper...
2 days ago from Doc Madhattan
Shock Me like an Electric Eel
*Electric eel *Electrophorus electricus*, photographed by Stefan Köder.* The electric eel *Electrophorus electricus* is one of those animals that seem to ...
2 days ago from Catalogue of Organisms
Life and lemons: The Memory Addition
About two weeks ago I opened my eyes realized I was in a strange room laying in a strange bed. I saw my ex-wife sitting off to the side. Other people were ...
4 days ago from Angry by Choice
Do migraines cause religion?
Stop sniggering there at the back. I'm serious! This is a study on nearly 25,000 Norwegians conducted over 10 years (the Nord-Trøndelag Health Survey (HUN...
6 days ago from Epiphenom
Evolutionary dynamics in holey fitness landscapes
[image: ResearchBlogging.org]What do real fitness landscapes look like? Do they look more like the image on the left, a nearly-neutral holey fitness landsc...
1 week ago from Pleiotropy
Pale Terraqueous Globes
[image: Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/Tim Pyle] Imagine the closest star beyond the Sun has a planet orbiting it about the size of Earth. Visualize wh...
1 week ago from The Astronomist
Pompeii – a Geological Movie-Review : Introducing the Main Character
The new movie “*Pompeii*” reconstructs one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history with unprecedented “*3D*” special effects – but even the best v...
2 weeks ago from History of Geology
Can you patent a fraudulent stem cell method? Yes!
Woo-Suk Hwang talks to reporters after fraud is revealed. Photo: Reuters.At first I thought the Patent Office was having a little fun. Was it an April Fools...
2 weeks ago from Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience
More from The Signature of All Things
***Spoiler Alert*** This post may contain plot details and quotes from The Signature of All In the midst of the drama and intrigue that plays out in this b...
2 weeks ago from Moss Plants and More
New Neopterygian Fishes from the Chinle Formation of Utah
This is an important new paper describing some new fishes from the Chinle Formation of Utah. Well-preserved fish are rare throughout much of the Chinle and...
2 weeks ago from Chinleana
Doing your homework
I just finished a radio interview about birth order. Apparently not very much research goes into booking guests for radio & TV shows. Lately, I've been get...
5 weeks ago from Games with Words
China’s exceptionally well-preserved fossils may have been the result of a volcanic eruption
A series of fossil discoveries in the 1990s changed our understanding of the lives of early birds and mammals, as...
5 weeks ago from The Allotrope
Nitrogen in the snow
We are expecting another round of wintry weather tomorrow, and an article in the local paper noted that the snow and bitingly cold weather we have had rec...
5 weeks ago from The Culture of Chemistry
Out of Office
Hi friends, I'm very excited to share with you that Inkfish has moved to a new ocean-floor crevice. You can now find me at *blogs.discovermagazine.com/i...
1 month ago from inkfish
How natural processes can create meaning
The project of science is largely about asking *why* things happen. We seek causal explanations: Why do planets follow elliptical orbits? Why does water b...
1 month ago from PLEKTIX
TMI Friday: When you've literrally had your Chips
The victim of this weeks TMI friday didn't really do anything wrong. In fact, this is less of a TMI Friday than a FML Friday, but it's an odd story that pe...
1 month ago from Memoirs of a Defective Brain
Do carbohydrates play a role In intrinsic immunity?
A question that has been on my mind for the last few months is this: how do viruses interact with cellular carbohydrates? You may find that a dull question...
3 months ago from Rule of 6ix
AMRC guest blog - the opening of the MND DNA Bank
This blog has been pretty quiet due to me passing my PhD and now working full-time at the MND Association and writing lots of blogs for them at www.mndrese...
5 months ago from The View from a Microbiologist
Live coverage of Big Protist Conference (ICOP) in Vancouver, 28 Jul -- 02 Aug
There's a big protist meeting in Vancouver starting tomorrow, and I've been generously supported by ICOP and ISOP to attend as a reporter. I'd like to invi...
7 months ago from Skeptic Wonder
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...
1 year ago from A is for Aspirin
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
1 year 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). Since...
1 year ago from Sex, Genes & Evolution
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 and ...
1 year ago from Protein Evolution and Other Musings
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...
2 years 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...
2 years ago from Labs
The Large Picture Blog Has Moved
Our New Home: TelescopeFeed
2 years 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...
2 years 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...
2 years 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