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…or how a learned to stop worrying and love evo-devo. As my mind gets a chance to process some of the stuff I heard and talked about at the meeting I just returned from, I’ll post some thoughts that will help me organize my ideas (hopefully better organized than that last sentence). This is the…

4 eva = one week

I should be working instead of dicking around on the ole’ blog. But, give me a break, I just washed 600 vials. I needed a break. After letting the new ugly banner and stupid name hang around for a week, I’ve decided it’s time for an update. We’re going back to being called evolgen (although…

Spending Other People’s Money

Another week, another question from the Seeders. This week they ask us: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? My answer is below the fold.

Detroit Rawk Sit on My Ass

The meeting went pretty well (I may have more to say later once I’ve had time to digest everything). When I got to the airport on Sunday, I found out my flight was one hour late. I live in the middle of nowhere, so it’s impossible to get a direct flight from the western or…

From the Arctic to Hades

If all has gone well, this post should appear as I’m on my way across the country to John Lynch‘s neck of the woods. The warmth of the desert should cause quite a shock to my system coming from the frigid north east. I may not have much access to the internets until next week,…

Once, Twice, Three Times a Name Change

Given the inability of certain people to differentiate between evolgen and Evolution Blog, we’re changing our name. This isn’t like the last time we tried to rename ourselves. This is for real . . . and 4 eva. We are no longer evolgen. We aren’t Evolution Blog, either, but we never claimed to be Evolution…

Zimmer on Speciation

Carl Zimmer has an article in the NYTimes Science section on how humans can interfere with diverging populations, increasing the frequency of hybrids and preventing speciation. He give two examples: three-spine sticklebacks in British Columbia, Canada and ground finches in the Galapagos. The sticklebacks colonized lakes on Victoria Island from the Pacific Ocean and became…

While procrastinating (I should be analyzing data for a talk I’m giving on Friday), I stumbled upon this site (via EDSBS, not StumbleUpon). I tried to bypass registration (using BugMeNot), but none of the cheat passwords worked. If you want to play around with the gadget, you may need to register, but you can use…

Get it? Got it. Good.

This week, the SEED kings are asking us: “If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be?”

Phylogeny Friday – 19 May 2006

As I mentioned previously, I’m busy preparing some data for a meeting next week. I don’t have much time to devote to Phylogeny Friday, so I’ll be sharing some of my own data with you. This data is nothing special; it just happens to be the data I finished analyzing a few minutes ago. It’s…