Welcome to another edition of Tangled Bank, a round-up of the best science blogging of the past fortnight:
Top story–mammals and the KT event
Since the previous Tangled Bank, a few big stories hit the blogosphere. One that generated a lot of attention was a paper in Nature analyzing mammalian diversity, and its relation to the K-T extinction. This was picked up by:
Greg Laden: Mammals and the K-T Event
RPM of evolgen for his Phylogeny Friday.
PZ’s “Don’t Blame the Dinosaurs”
Grrl Scientist: Mammals Began to Diversify Prior to K/T-Boundary
Nick Matzke at Panda’s Thumb: Mammalian Macroevolution Muddle
Larry Moran: Evolution of Mammals
Mike Dunford: Mammal Evolution – Fossils and Molecules
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Research and Discovery
GrrlScientist writes about roadrunner-like bird from the Cretaceous found recently in China: “‘If the tracks had been found in very recent deposits in North America, we would have assumed they were made by the well-known roadrunner,’ said Lockley.” Find out more on the roadrunner at the Hairy Museum of Natural History.
Monado of Science Notes lays out the evidence for new research suggesting that 4300-year old stone tools were used by chimpanzees.
At Ouroboros, Chris brings news of new research into the molecular biology of progeria, and how this may one day affect our own normal aging processes.
Drawing on a few of the big news stories over the past few weeks, at Respectful Insolence, Orac writes about the difficulties of diagnosing cancer early. See other posts in this series here (part 2) and here (part 3).
My own submission deals with the power of the government to enforce quarantine in the event of a public health emergency.
In a related vein comes a submission from the Methuselah foundation blog discussing the recent aging symposium held in Edmonton. And from Fight Aging, a call to sequence genomes from long-lived animals, in order to better understand aging and longevity.
Generally interesting stuff
Meanwhile, over at the Behavioral Ecology Blog, Matt writes about manipulative males, and the fitness cost they may pay. He also has a strategy for single men to woo women using some basic parasitology research…how well that would extrapolate to humans, well, is anyone’s guess.
If you think you’re unlucky after reading all that, you might want to count your blessings. From Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Science” comes a story of a nurse jailed for murder–is she the victim of bad statistics?
Guest contributor Andy Jarvis at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog writes about the potential for climate change, and what we can do about it.
Thought Namibia was only in the news because of Angelina Jolie? Think again. From Tim of Walking the Berkshires comes word that Namibia may be interested in nuclear power off its coast.
And finally, thinking about nuclear power and radioactive waste, Phil muses on how to clean it all up.
That’s it for this round! Thanks for stopping by and to all those who took the time to submit articles, and check out the next edition at About Archaelogy.
Images from http://www.freedesktopsbycloud.com/images/roadrunner.jpg; http://www.ojibway.ca/opossum1.jpg; http://images.usatoday.com/news/_photos/2003/04/17-progeria-inside.jpg; http://www.shafted.com.au/photos/albums/funnies/a/Animal%20Sex%20(Venison).jpg; http://www.coloradocollege.edu/Dept/PC/RepresentativePhy/Pages/Photoshop/Problem%20Pictures/Nuclear%20Plant.jpg