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The 500-lb. Chicken From Hell

The 500-lb. Chicken From Hell

Source: 500-Pound "Chicken from Hell" Dinosaur Once Roamed North America by Kate Wong at Observations Illustration credit: Mark Klingler, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Nothing you could find in any hen house could prepare you for the 11.5-foot tall, 500-lb...

March 26, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Pronghorn, designed by committee

So much for posting more on ratites - alas, I just haven't had time to finish the next article. Inspired by an article recently published by my friend and homeboy Brian Switek, I thought it time to republish this 2010 article...

March 25, 2014 — Darren Naish

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, Brewed from Real Fossils!

With craft brewing on the rise and many breweries tinkering with flavorings that range from the somewhat obvious (honey or citrus) to the eyebrow-raising (jalapeño, hemp, or even peanut butter cup) it was only a matter of time before someone stared a 35-million year old fossil in the face and thought, “would you make a [...]..

March 25, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Sunday Species Snapshot: Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Sunday Species Snapshot: Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Yes, there are kangaroos that live in trees. Like the famous hoppers of Australia, tree-kangaroos are marsupials. Unlike ground kangaroos, tree-kangaroos are adapted for arboreal life, making them particularly vulnerable to deforestation...

March 23, 2014 — John R. Platt
Greetings from Halifax, a world centre of protistology!

Greetings from Halifax, a world centre of protistology!

I finally made the move I was supposed to do months (if not years) ago! Through a strange twist of evolutionary contingency (the same kind through which our kind came about in the first place), Dalhousie University in Halifax has become host to one of the worst infestations of protistologists in the world...

March 22, 2014 — Psi Wavefunction
Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Psychiatric drugs have always been a black box. The complexity of the brain has meant that most successful drugs for treating disorders like depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder were discovered by accident and trial and error rather than rational design...

March 21, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

The Unstoppable Extinction And Fermi’s Paradox

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the evidence that we are currently within a period of mass extinction, the kind of event that will show up in the fossil record a few million years from now as a clear discontinuity, a radical change in the diversity of life on the planet...

March 20, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
My TED Talk is Live! The Birds and the Bees are Just the Beginning…

My TED Talk is Live! The Birds and the Bees are Just the Beginning…

I was invited to speak at TED Global in Edinburgh last June based on a web series that I wrote and starred in called `Wild Sex'. The series took a bold and unapologetic approach to the topic of the evolutionary biology of sex, and our vision was very well received...

March 20, 2014 — Carin Bondar
The Turtle with Human Eyes

The Turtle with Human Eyes

At first glance, most eyes look the same. There’s a small opening through which light passes. That light goes through the transparent liquid behind the lens and strikes the retina, a thin film of light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye...

March 19, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Kakapo Baby Boom in New Zealand: First New Chicks in 3 Years [Video]

Kakapo Baby Boom in New Zealand: First New Chicks in 3 Years [Video]

Kakapo (Strigops habroptila), the critically endangered flightless parrots of New Zealand, have an unusual mating ritual. In the rare years when the birds breed, the males climb to the tops of hills, breathe in so deeply they swell up like balloons and then let out a series of deep, rhythmic booms that can be heard [...]..

March 18, 2014 — John R. Platt
Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

As blasphemous and offensive as it seems to say it, birds are pretty samey. Generally speaking, they're small flying things with long forelimbs, proportionally large heads with big, globular braincases, and grasping feet where an enlarged first toe (the hallux) opposes the remaining three...

March 18, 2014 — Darren Naish
Sleuthing The Secrets To A Scrumptious Strawberry

Sleuthing The Secrets To A Scrumptious Strawberry

The other day I went to my local bodega in Brooklyn, New York and bought a 16-ounce plastic carton full of Driscoll’s strawberries. These fruit, the packaging informed me, were grown in Mexico...

March 18, 2014 — Ferris Jabr
Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

These tiny, brightly colored amphibians pack a potent neurotoxin on their skin. That toxin protected them from predators, but it won’t save them from extinction.

March 16, 2014 — John R. Platt
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