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End of the semester student blues
To compensate for a missed class, TPP's students were given an out-of-class assignment before Thanksgiving break that is 16 days ago and it was due today. ...
12 hours ago from The Phytophactor
TMI Friday: The worst way to be caught dead
There are many things that we all do in our private time when no-one can possibly see us. Things that could potentially embarrass us. Like farting yourself...
22 hours ago from Memoirs of a Defective Brain
The Signature of All Things: Part 2 - Catching bryophyte fever
***Spoiler Alert*** This post may contain plot details and quotes from Parts 1 & 2 of The Signature of All Things. Proceed with caution! The second part of...
1 day ago from Moss Plants and More
Leaping Land Fish Has Perfect Camouflage, Is Not a Hoax
You might never spot them if not for the jumping. On the coast of Guam, Pacific leaping blennies blend in perfectly with the rocks they live on, their li...
1 day ago from inkfish
*Common quail *Coturnix coturnix*, photographed by Wr.* *Belongs within:* Phasianidae. *Coturnix* includes the Old World quails: small, short-tailed, ofte...
2 days ago from Variety of Life
Isotope and the hidden women of science
It was a century ago today that the word *isotope* first appeared in print, in a letter to Nature from Frederick Soddy, who would go on to win the Nobel p...
3 days ago from The Culture of Chemistry
What's the deal with inclusive fitness theory?
You may not be aware of it, but there is a battle afoot in the theory of evolution. The fight is over inclusive fitness theory—an approach to studying the...
3 days ago from PLEKTIX
Cloud of dots or person walking in a snowstorm? Paranormal believers see people when they're not there.
Imagine yourself walking on your own through a dark forest. Each and every movement that you perceive will result in the feeling that another person or a...
3 days ago from Epiphenom
Two new books on evolution
Here are two new books on evolution. I wrote chapters for both :o Predicting Evolution and Visualizing High-Dimensional Fitness Landscapes Effects of Epi...
4 days ago from Pleiotropy
My Favorite Time of the Year
From hereOne of the courses I teach culminates with blog posts written by the students. This is the third year I have used this assignment and is one assig...
4 days ago from Angry by Choice
Hyperamminids: A Rough Retort
*Hyperammina elongata*, photographed by Onno Groß. Agglutinated foram time again! In previous posts, I've described how these aquatic amoeboids construct ...
5 days ago from Catalogue of Organisms
The Universe in a glass of wine
by @ulaulaman about #RichardFeynman #physics #universe #wine Once upon a time, *Richard Feynman* telled a story about the universe and a glass of wine: ...
1 week ago from Doc Madhattan
The golden age of computational materials science gives me a disturbing feeling of déjà vu
Graphene, a wonder material which was made by scientists using a version of Scotch tape (Image: Wikipedia) I was a mere toddler in the early 1980s when the...
1 week ago from The Curious Wavefunction
Deepak Chopra's pseudoscience is called out by Jerry Coyne
Deepak Chopra is upset. Why? Well, it all goes back to statements like this one, from Chopra himself: “Consciousness may exist in photons, which seem to ...
1 week ago from Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience
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...
2 weeks ago from Rule of 6ix
Thinking about the fraction-competent issues
The post-doc is polishing up has latest manuscript, and on reading it over yesterday I realized that we have data to clarify a very old issue. Here's a li...
2 weeks ago from RRResearch
Comet ISON in the Sky
[image: Comet ISON photograph by Damian Peach.]There is a new object in the sky. Comet ISON is an icy wanderer making its first and probably last last trip...
2 weeks ago from The Astronomist
Colorado Plateau Coring Project
Coring is currently underway in Petrified Forest National Park targeting the Chinle and Moenkopi Formations. You can read about the project and follow the ...
3 weeks ago from Chinleana
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...
2 months ago from The View from a Microbiologist
Science Mag studies science. Forgets to include control group.
Today's issue of *Science *carries the most meta sting operation I have ever seen. John Bohannon reports a study of open access journals, showing lax peer ...
2 months ago from Games with Words
Midday meals for schoolchildren in India: More good than harm
On July 16th at least 23 children in the Indian state of Bihar died after eating a midday meal that was provided for free by their school. Nearly as many a...
2 months ago from The Allotrope
The Destruction of Pompeii - Still a Mystery of History
It's probably the most famous volcanic eruption of all times - the 79 A.D. eruption of *Mount Vesuvius *that destroyed the cities of *Pompeii *and *Herculan...
3 months ago from History of Geology
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...
4 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