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A fascinating discussion with John Hawks and my Scibling Christina Agapakis about synthetic biology and other related topics – worth your time:

Vanessa Woods (website, old blog, new blog, Twitter) will be reading from her new book “Bonobo Handshake” (comes out May 27th – you can pre-order on amazon.com) at the Regulator in Durham on May 27th at 7pm, at Quail Ridge Books on June 9th at 7:30pm, and at Chapel Hill Borders on June 12th at…

Whenever I read a paper from Karl-Arne Stokkan’s lab, and I have read every one of them, no matter how dense the scientese language I always start imagining them running around the cold, dark Arctic, wielding enormous butterfly nets, looking for and catching reindeer (or ptarmigans, whichever animal the paper is about) to do their…

From the NC Museum of Life Sciences: Program Type: Science Talk Date: Mar. 9, 7 pm – Mar. 9, 8 pm Location: Museum of Natural Sciences – Auditorium Fee: $6 General Public, $4 Members, $3 Students The Ecological and Economic Importance of Sharks, Threats They Face, and How You Can Help Lecture, slide show &…

From the NC Museum of Natural Sciences: OUR BODIES: The Final Frontier Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – 6:30-8:30 pm with discussion beginning at 7:00 followed by Q&A Location: Tir Na Nog 218 South Blount Street, Raleigh, 833-7795 We have come to think of the world as known. It isn’t. Even basic parts of our own…

Megalodon and other sharks at Darwin Day

Last night, braving horrible traffic on the way there, and snow on the way back, I made my way to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for the Darwin Day shark lecture co-organized by NESCent and the sneak preview of the Megalodon exhibit which officially opens today. I have to say that the trip was…

Darwin Day – Sharks!

This afternoon, I’ll be driving down to Raleigh to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for the special Darwin Day event organized in collaboration with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. The evening will start with the sneak-peak pre-opening of the Megalodon exhibit which opens to the public tomorrow. Megalodon was the largest shark ever discovered…

Aves 3D

Aves 3D is a ‘three dimensional database of avian skeletal morphology’ and it is awesome! This is an NSF-funded project led by Leon Claessens, Scott Edwards and Abby Drake. What they are doing is making surface scans of various bones of different bird species and placing the 3D scans on the website for everyone to…

Yes, years after I left the lab, I published a scientific paper. How did that happen? Back in 2000, I published a paper on the way circadian clock controls the time of day when the eggs are laid in Japanese quail. Several years later, I wrote a blog post about that paper, trying to explain…

Sharks!!!!

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences invite you to a SHARK FRENZY! “Big, Fast and Bulletproof: What One Biologist Has Learned From 300 Million Years Of Shark Evolution”** Free lecture by shark expert and “Finding Nemo” technical advisor Dr. Adam Summers, Assoc. Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories,…