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Trilobite in Glass

Trilobite in Glass

Trilobite Stained Glass © Bill Porter Trilobite Stained Glass © Bill Porter It is a pipe dream of mine to one day purchase a cathedral and transform it into a giant temple of science...

January 31, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

Two-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Reveal Strange and Puzzling Forms

To a human, two billion years is an unfathomable interval. But that, a team of European, Gabonese, and American scientists now say, is how long ago a recently discovered hoard of fossils suggests Earth’s first big life evolved — large enough to see with the naked eye, and in a spectrum of forms that tease [...]..

January 29, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer
Call of the Orangutan: Rescuing a Crashed Drone

Call of the Orangutan: Rescuing a Crashed Drone

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part post about using drone technology to search for orangutans around the Sikundur research station in North Sumatra.

January 26, 2015 — James Askew

Venus Flytraps Risk Extinction in the Wild at the Hands of Poachers

Earlier this month four men were arrested for poaching on the Holly Shelter Game Land preserve in North Carolina. Their arrest made national headlines, and history, as they became the first people charged with a felony for stealing Venus flytrap plants (Dionaea muscipula) from the wild...

January 22, 2015 — John R. Platt
Notes From The Frontier: Life’s Origins

Notes From The Frontier: Life’s Origins

I spent some of last week at a fascinating and lively symposium on the origins of life and the search for life in the universe, held at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology...

January 21, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Today marks NINE YEARS of Tetrapod Zoology

Yet again, it's January 21st and, yet again, Tetrapod Zoology is another year old. As of today, Tet Zoo has been going for nine years. I've discovered that children (should you produce and raise them) are a good means by which you can plot the swift burning away of your short time on the planet*...

January 21, 2015 — Darren Naish
Science Far from Center Stage in Obama’s State of the Union

Science Far from Center Stage in Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address, his first before a Republican-led legislature, was studded this evening with references to science and technology amidst talk of middle class tax cuts, thawing U.S...

January 20, 2015 — Dina Fine Maron
What Is “Ironic Science”?

What Is “Ironic Science”?

I was scanning my Twitter feed recently, pretending to look for “news” while really searching, as usual, for items that praise, condemn or merely allude to me—I mean, let’s face it, all of us social-media addicts are narcissists–when the bells in my amygdala started clanging...

January 16, 2015 — John Horgan

It's the Helmeted water toad… this time, with information!

Back in October 2007 (at Tet Zoo ver 2) I wrote a very brief article on a poorly known, gigantic, deeply weird South American frog: the Helmeted water toad, Chilean giant frog or Gay's frog* Calyptocephalella gayi (long known - incorrectly it turns out - as Caudiverbera caudiverbera)...

January 15, 2015 — Darren Naish
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