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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
Bill Nye Is Not a Businessman

Bill Nye Is Not a Businessman

Bill Nye, the nerdy supernova that fostered my childhood love of science, has recently gone viral in a video highly critical of the teaching of creationism to children.

September 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill
Land-Walking Octopus Explained [Video]

Land-Walking Octopus Explained [Video]

The slimy-looking cephalopod, captured in a rare video crawling over land, has many people (queasily) asking whether such bizarre-looking behavior is unusual for these animals.

November 24, 2011 — Katherine Harmon Courage
R.I.P. Lynn Margulis, Biological Rebel

R.I.P. Lynn Margulis, Biological Rebel

The biologist Lynn Margulis died on November 22 at the age of 73. I adapted the following essay about her from my 1996 book The End of Science.

November 24, 2011 — John Horgan
Frog-killing fungus is a skin-loving hybrid

Frog-killing fungus is a skin-loving hybrid

These are not the best of times for amphibians. All around the world, populations of frogs, salamanders and newts are declining. At least 489 species (7.8% of all known amphibians) are nearing extinction...

November 23, 2011 — Lucas Brouwers
A Natural Disturbance

A Natural Disturbance

I have a draft composition of the next Evolution’s Tempo movement, but it appears that an unexpected natural disturbance has occurred in my blogging schedule.

August 25, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio
When viruses and bacteria unite!

When viruses and bacteria unite!

Illnesses have a tendency to clump together. An attack of the flu can bring on bacterial lung infections; in the USA almost half of all cases of bacterial sepsis occur following viral infections in the lungs...

July 21, 2011 — S.E. Gould
Welcome to A Blog Around The Clock – Next Generation.

Welcome to A Blog Around The Clock – Next Generation.

The day has finally arrived – the new Scientific American blog network is live! And, after almost a year of relative rest, my blog is about to get active again, with substantive posts coming up on a regular basis...

July 5, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic
Starting at the Beginning

Starting at the Beginning

Welcome! I’m thrilled to be joining this brand new blog network and to be part of this new collection of voices! Since I hate blogging about blogging I’m going to just jump right in, and what better place to start than right at the beginning?...

July 5, 2011 — Christina Agapakis
Welcome to Thoughtomics!

Welcome to Thoughtomics!

Hello and welcome to Thoughtomics! My name is Lucas Brouwers. I am a Dutch science writer with a background in molecular biology and bioinformatics.

July 5, 2011 — Lucas Brouwers
The Crossroads of Evolution and Ecology

The Crossroads of Evolution and Ecology

Penicillium makes Penicillin by Ryan Somma of Ideonexus. About EvoEcoLab Natural history is about observation and long, deep thinking. The best natural scientists have spent lots of time thinking about what they are witness to...

July 5, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio
Guilty Planet Is Resurrected.

Guilty Planet Is Resurrected.

Greetings! Thank you for visiting the new Guilty Planet (may the old Guilty Planet rest in peace). Before you go thinking that I aim to channel your mother after you walked in the house with dirty shoes, I would like to note that the title ‘Guilty Planet’ is meant to be descriptive, rather than prescriptive...

July 5, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet
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