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Cryptozoon – In Search of the “Hidden Life”

Cryptozoon – In Search of the “Hidden Life”

In the first edition of “On the Origin of Species” (1859) Darwin only briefly addresses the earliest known fossils, or better the lack thereof: “If the theory [of evolution] be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Cambrian stratum was deposited, long periods elapsed ...

May 1, 2014 — David Bressan
The Other Immortality

The Other Immortality

Students like I once was, Copying studies like Dürer once made, Of a skull, once with a name. Just like our genes, little carbon marks drift little changes over time.

May 1, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately, II

Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately, II

Last month, in an effort to make this blog more upbeat, I started a monthly column called “Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately.” My stated intention was to draw attention to “well-written articles about compelling topics.” In this second installment, I’m breaking that rule by mentioning not only articles but also books, including a novel...

April 30, 2014 — John Horgan
The structure of DNA, 61 years later: How they did it.

The structure of DNA 61 years later: How they did it.

  This month marks the sixty-first anniversary of the publication of the landmark paper on the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick, which appeared in the April 25, 1953 issue of the journal Nature...

April 29, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Upcoming Science-Art Events Around the Country

This is the dish on the latest exhibits combining science and art around the country. This time the prize for the most bumpin’ scienceArt scene goes to the Northeast, amirite?

April 29, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Scientists Learn How to Put an Octopus to Sleep

We can’t really ask an octopus to count backward from 10. Which is just one of the tricky things about putting an octopus under. If knocking an octopus out (for science) sounds like an unusual procedure, well, it is...

April 29, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Worm Lizards: Lifestyles of the Limbless

There have never been enough amphisbaenians on Tet Zoo. In fact, the only time I've written about them at any sort of length is in the 2008 (and 2012) April Fool's article wherein they were convincingly (cough) shown to be the true ancestors of mammals...

April 25, 2014 — Darren Naish
Because, Science.

Because, Science.

I've been enjoying NOVA's online series `The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers'. These short videos depict some lesser known aspects of the lives of cutting-edge scientists, their hobbies, passions and pastimes outside of the lab...

April 25, 2014 — Carin Bondar
The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers

The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers

I’ve been enjoying NOVA’s online series ‘The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers’. These short videos depict some lesser known aspects of the lives of cutting-edge scientists, their hobbies, passions and pastimes outside of the lab...

April 25, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Can Humans Hibernate? Ask the Dwarf Lemur

After a teenage stowaway flew from California to Hawaii hidden in the wheel well of an airplane this week, investigators immediately began to wonder how he had survived the freezing temperatures and low-oxygen conditions of the unpressurized compartment...

April 25, 2014 — Sheena Faherty

Can Whales and Dolphins Make Mental Maps?

The brains of cetaceans--dolphins and whales--differ from those of other mammals in a number of ways, but one of the most striking differences is the size of the hippocampus.  As a general rule, the larger the size of a mammal’s brain, the smaller the fraction of it that the hippocampus occupies, so dolphins and whales [...]..

April 24, 2014 — William Skaggs
Just How Fishy Are You? More About Your Inner Animal

Just How Fishy Are You? More About Your Inner Animal

Last night the final episode of the 3-part series of PBS’s adaptation of Neil Shubin’s book Your Inner Fish aired in most of the country (although some PBS stations have delayed the last episode until next week… If you didn’t catch the series, you can stream them online for a short period here.) If tweets [...]..

April 24, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
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