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Evolutionary Economics and Darwin’s Wedge

Evolutionary Economics And Darwin’s Wedge

Economics is in our nature. But not the narrowly self-interested kind. We evolved to survive collaboratively. Models of us that exclude our interdependence are fatally flawed.

August 1, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Jurassic Park and the Race for Ancient DNA

Jurassic Park and the race for ancient DNA

We are in the small town of Clarkia, Idaho. It’s an ordinary middle-class town by anyone’s standards. I say a ‘town’… just 97 people live here, so as you can imagine the nightlife is usually a little wanting, but other than that it’s pretty normal...

August 1, 2013 — Andrew Jonathan Balmer
Interview with a Cicada (Expert)

Interview with a Cicada (Expert)

In North Carolina, this was a big year for cicadas. Our 17-year cicadas, after biding their time underground for so very long, finally emerged in the spring.

August 1, 2013 — Brian Malow
Robot Octopus Swims with Lifelike Arms [Video]

Robot Octopus Swims with Lifelike Arms [Video]

Most octopuses get around primarily by crawling along the seafloor. And if they need to get somewhere in a hurry, they can employ their funnels to jet away like their pelagic cousins, squid...

August 1, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
The Flea

The Flea

Image of the Week #102, July 31st, 2013: From: How the Fleas’ Next of Kin Ended up Living on a Liverwort in Alaska by Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba.

July 31, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur is Cuddly and New

Look at this soft, fluffy bundle of newness. This little man is the Lavasoa dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis), a newly described species of dwarf lemur from southern Madagascar.

July 31, 2013 — Becky Crew
The Animals Hiding in a T. Rex's Roar

The Animals Hiding in a T. Rex's Roar

Instead of producing the terror you may suspect, cinema's most famous roar would probably just confuse a lot of animals. If you made it to the recently re-released 3D edition of Jurassic Park, you're going to hear a dreadful sound that terrified audiences two decades ago...

April 10, 2013 — Kyle Hill
Europa Gives Up Some Of Its Secrets

Europa Gives Up Some Of Its Secrets

Jupiter’s enigmatic moon Europa has long been thought to contain a huge ocean beneath its icy crust, but what is in that ocean and does it ever come to the surface?

March 6, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
Wild Sex Season 2 Starts off with a Bang (Pun Intended)…

Wild Sex Season 2 Starts off with a Bang (Pun Intended)…

I’m thrilled to announce that my web series, Wild Sex, is back for a second season. Our show has gained a lot of attention and kudos for being cutting edge and daring while maintaining its scientific integrity...

January 31, 2013 — Carin Bondar
The beauty of sewage

The beauty of sewage

Microbiologists might comprise the vast majority of people who get excited about sewage and other putrid-smelling places. A sample of activated sludge or a treatment pond make wonderful presents for bacteriologists and protistologists alike...

January 31, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction
The Last Thing the Squirrel Saw

The Last Thing the Squirrel Saw

We have to assume it was a squirrel, but we know how it died. It died squirming and convulsing in the talons of an owl, locked in by the bone ratchets the owl shares with other raptors.

January 28, 2013 — Kyle Hill
Three views of a diatom

Three views of a diatom

Starting with something perhaps more familiar, like a diatom, here I wanted to show an example of what different optical sections can reveal about an object in the microscope.

October 31, 2012 — Psi Wavefunction
Solenodon: ‘Extinct’ Venomous Mammal Rediscovered in Cuba after 10-Year Search

Solenodon: ‘Extinct’ Venomous Mammal Rediscovered in Cuba after 10-Year Search

A primitive, venomous mammal endemic to Cuba and once listed as extinct has been rediscovered after a decadelong quest. The shrewlike Cuban solenodon (Solenodon cubanus)—a “living fossil” that has not changed much in millions of years—was all but wiped out in the 19th century by deforestation and introduced species...

October 11, 2012 — John R. Platt
Of the Creation Persuasion

Of the Creation Persuasion

The Earth is flat. A full moon leads to more crime. Humans were created less than 10,000 years ago. If you made your way through even the most general of science educations, the above statements should strike you as suspect...

October 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill
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