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Overview of the Aetosaurs
*Desojo, J. B., Heckert, A. B., Martz, J. W., Parker, W. G., Schoch, R. R., Small, B. J., and T. Sulej. 2013. Aetosauria: a clade of armoured pseudosuchian...
1 hour ago from Chinleana
Oversharing and zero point energy wands: pseudoscience in the NY Times
While poking around the other day for some general reading material on the zero point energy, I discovered zero point energy wands (which claim to access n...
3 hours ago from The Culture of Chemistry
Compost Program Could Bring Dangerous Fungus into NYC Homes
If Mayor Bloomberg's wildest decay-related fantasies are realized, New Yorkers will soon be sparing their food scraps from the garbage. A new composting...
7 hours ago from inkfish
Garden spruce up & rain paradox
Our garden/yard spruce up is going well and things are looking pretty nice. A new patio area and a flagstone pathway were finished up on Monday and look v...
8 hours ago from The Phytophactor
Umbilicaria section Polymorphae
*Umbilicaria cylindrica*, from here. *Belongs within:* Umbilicariaceae. The section *Polymorphae* in the lichen genus *Umbilicaria* is characterised by a ...
12 hours ago from Variety of Life
Bradybaenids: The Little Freaks
Just a quick one this week, as I'm busy preparing for the International Conference of Arachnology in Taipei next week. The wonderful assembly in the photo...
14 hours ago from Catalogue of Organisms
Antibiotics & Agriculture Part 4: The Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance
The patient was in dire condition. A forty year old woman from Michigan, she had suffered badly from diabetes, kidney failure and a number of complications...
1 day ago from Memoirs of a Defective Brain
Keeping up to date
Recently, we've added several methods of keeping up to date on GamesWithWords.org projects (finding out when results of old studies are available, when new...
1 day ago from Games with Words
People reminded of religion become intolerant of ambiguity
Around the world, religion is often linked to conservative attitudes. In fact, religion is famous for being socially ossified - the last bastion of the soc...
2 days ago from Epiphenom
Supreme Court bungles the science in DNA patent decision
[This is slightly modified from my post 2 days ago at Forbes.] The Supreme Court ruled this week that Myriad Genetics doesn't own your DNA after all. My...
4 days ago from Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience
Everyone wants to be called a Moss
There are plants that we call mosses that are not really mosses. Spanish moss (in the pineapple family), clubmosses (a fern friend), and carrageen moss (a ...
6 days ago from Moss Plants and More
Repo Men and gender roles
Scene 1: Man comes home to find that his key doesn't work anymore. He rings the bell, his wife opens the door, and tells him hers works just fine. She has ...
2 weeks ago from Pleiotropy
Physics and multidimensions
posted by @ulaulaman about @lirarandall conference at #wirednextfest in #milano One of the most famous theoretical physicist in the world, *Lisa Randall*...
2 weeks ago from Doc Madhattan
Google Hearts Microbiology
Today is a great day to do a google search. Google celebrates the 161st birthday of Richard Petri with a Doodle. Petri is the inventor or the plate that be...
2 weeks ago from Angry by Choice
When the Protein Data Bank releases a much-awaited protein structure which shows you *exactly* what you wanted to see, it's much like looking at a newly w...
3 weeks ago from The Curious Wavefunction
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...
3 weeks ago from Rule of 6ix
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...
4 weeks ago from The Allotrope
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 ...
1 month 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...
1 month 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...
2 months ago from History of Geology
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...
7 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...
8 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). ...
1 year 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