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Archives for October, 2006

Drosophila Pictures (Part 1)

As promised, I’ll be posting some pictures of flies we caught in and around Tucson, Arizona. But before we can talk about the flies, we need to talk about the local flora. The host plants for these flies serve as a restaurant, discotheque, bedroom, and nursery. In Arizona, those plants tend to be cacti. Below…

The Good, The Bad, and The Pretty

Big ups to the grad students in the Ecology and Evolution Department at the University of Arizona for putting on a killer Halloween party and letting a couple of uncostumed drosophilists share in the festivities. That’s the good. The bad: US Airways. I just found out my last flight (of three) on my way home…

There will be a ton of papers coming out over the next couple of weeks on the recently sequenced honeybee (Apis mellifera) genome. Carl Zimmer has a review of some of the topics that will be addressed in the upcoming publications. The NHGRI also has some information.

Support Science Education in Ohio

On November 7, the citizens of the State of Ohio will be voting a bunch of things, just like all Americans. One of the things they’ll be voting for are seats on the State Board of Education (see Ed’s discussion here). In one of the races, an anti-science incumbent, Deborah Owens-Fink, is running against a…

Neofunctionalization is Overrated

At least in polyploids. So says this review of this paper. Take home message: polyploids use duplicates to buffer against mutations to important genes. The review is brought to you by the Science Creative Quarterly. SCQ is brought to you by David Ng, who has just introduced The Filter. If you don’t know about SCQ,…

Vegas, Baby!

I’m currently waiting to board my third flight of the day (for this trip), sitting in the Las Vegas airport. The Las Vegas airport has free wireless! That’s a good thing. It’s also packed with slot machines going “bleep-bleep”, “ding-ding”, and “do-do-do-do”. That’s kind of annoying. The southwest is sunny and warm. That’s also a…

I Push Flies Like Weight

At the same time this post is scheduled to go up on ScienceBlogs I should be a few thousand feet above Middle America. I’ll be spending the rest of this week in Tucson, Arizona (which I like to pronounce “Tuck-Sun”, like how we pronounce Phoenix “Pa-Ho-Nix”) learning about Drosophila. Sure, I already know a bit…

Chuck Norris doesn’t “believe” in evolution. And he’s writing about it in the Wing Nut Daily. I won’t link to the actual article, but you can read about it here. Thanks Bora for ruining my appreciation for the Texas Ranger. To make up for bringing you that bad piece of news, here are the first…

They Live . . . in the North

No ocean, river, or fjord is safe. The manatees are attacking. We’ve warned you before. Now is the time to take notice. Three times is a trend.

…and Geico Commercials

Some biologist in Poland said this: “A scientist showed me a picture of an American boxer. He had all the traits of Neanderthal man. These people are among us. They are part of the human race, probably more prevalent once upon a time, but who still exist.” Apparently those dudes from the Geico commercials are…