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Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

I like iguanian lizards – who doesn’t? Among the enormous number of taxa that you hardly ever hear anything about is the endemic Argentinean taxon Leiosaurus, type species of Leiosauridae...

October 7, 2013 — Darren Naish
The Most Dangerous Jargon Viruses

The Most Dangerous Jargon Viruses

“Rational” is the secular holy. It is a sacred prestigious label in mind work. We look to the rational to save us. Yet some professors of a rational-is-holy faith aren’t being wholly rational...

October 4, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Khalil’s Picks (4 October 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (4 October 2013)

This week on Picks, we’ve got a great selection: the science (or pseudoscience?) of sleep apps, Nobel guinea pigs, “clean eating,” dinosaurs, the computer that smells and so much more… – Sleep Cycle App: Precise, or Placebo?...

October 4, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
Stem Cells Promise Noah’s Ark of Test-Tube Burger Choices

Stem cells promise Noah’s ark of test-tube burger choices

Envision biting into a warm juicy burger with all the trimmings. If you are a burger fan, your mouth may already be watering. If you are a vegetarian or animal welfare advocate, however, you might be rather disturbed by this imagery...

October 4, 2013 — Paul Knoepfler
Counting Fish – End of the season

Counting Fish – End of the season

Scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies stayed busy this summer completing vertical longline sampling and ROV and diving surveys at artificial and natural reefs off the Texas coast...

October 3, 2013 — Melissa Gaskill
On the lack of women in science: Numbers do matter

On the lack of women in science

There is an excellent article on the lack of women in science in the NYT by Eileen Pollack which is worth your time. Pollack herself was an embattled physics major at Yale at one point so she is quite well-versed in these issues...

October 3, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
A Mosaic of September SciArt Glory

A Mosaic of September SciArt Glory

How many times do you have to do something before it is considered tradition? Last year, Glendon had the excellent idea to post a different #sciart image each day in the month of September...

October 1, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Is Breaking Bad Darwinian?

Is Breaking Bad Darwinian?

“Darwin was no Darwinian.” Martin Luther King Jr said that before me. He was correct historically, scientifically, and morally. It’s a bad break for Darwin, and us, that his name is used to distort his ideas...

October 1, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
How Will Climate Change Affect Mountain Gorillas?

How Will Climate Change Affect Mountain Gorillas?

When you live on the top of a mountain, you don’t have many places to run if the environment of that mountain habitat changes. Look at the American pika, for example.

October 1, 2013 — John R. Platt
THE AMAZING WORLD OF SALAMANDERS

THE AMAZING WORLD OF SALAMANDERS

Tet Zoo loves amphibians* (that’s anurans, salamanders, caecilians and their close relatives), and since 2008 I’ve been making a concerted effort to get through all the amphibian groups of the world...

October 1, 2013 — Darren Naish
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