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Not all animals must have sex with another individual to produce perfectly viable offspring. And neither do humans, thanks to technological breakthroughs in artificial insemination. But what about those critters that do not require masturbation and meat basters to produce babies sans contact with another individual? Remarkably, this is quite common in the animal kingdom,…

Lab Mishaps and Stuff

The funniest lab accident? There was the time I spent an entire day trying to make electrophoretic gels using distilled water instead of buffer. The agarose suspended fine in the distilled water, but I couldn’t get it to solidify. I kept remaking the agarose solution and never got anything worthwhile. The next day, I asked…

A Science Laureate

Who would you nominate for Scientist Laureate, if such a position existed? That’s the question they are asking us this week. And everyone is answering E.O. Wilson. This, of course, comes with the caveat that if Carl Sagan were alive today, he’d be the obvious choice. If we can’t get Carl Sagan, why not go…

Good Nerdy Pickup Lines

The editors are asking us for the best pickup lines for scientists and science-savvy folks. How’s about this: Hey baby, that’s a nice cleavage furrow, how about we introgress? I promise, no incomplete penetrance.

Dumprick in 2006

The Seed editorial staff want to know how we’re voting in the upcoming election. I try to avoid politics on this blog — not because I don’t have an opinion, but because I’d rather write about science. Here’s what they want to know:

I Was Raised on Mr. Wizard

I haven’t touched an Ask A ScienceBlogger for a couple of months. This week, the powers that be are asking us: What’s the best science TV show of all time? The first show that came to mind was Mr. Wizard. As young tyke in the 1980s, I watched a lot of Nickelodeon. Nick was a…

This week’s Ask A ScienceBlogger is about the rainforest: The destruction of the rainforest was a hot-button topic in the early ’90s, but I haven’t heard anything about it in ages. Are the rainforests still being destroyed wholesale? Are they all gone? Is it still important? Is the coffee I drink making it worse, and…

Seed’s going buck-nutty for the 25th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic, including a new blog covering the 16th International AIDS Conference. This week’s Ask A Science Blogger also deals with the disease: To what extent do you worry about AIDS, either with respect to yourself, your children, or the world at large? I am the…

The Real Genius of Science in the Movies

I’m going to agree with Tara, Evil Monkey, Steinn v2.0, and Chad on this week’s Ask a Science Blogger: What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally. The answer: Real Genius, starring a young Val Kilmer (pre…

No More Napa Valley Wines?

This week’s Ask A Science Blogger deals with global warming and wine production: I heard that within 15 years, global warming will have made Napa County too hot to grow good wine grapes. Is that true? What other changes are we going to see during our lifetimes because of global warming?… I am not a…