Archives for January 24, 2008

Look Around You – 8 – Brain

Avian Cholera Kills Thousands of Birds

Pasteurella multocida is a bacterium often called Avian cholera (though it is a different organims than the disease that affects humans). It is estimated that about 15,000 birds have died over the last few weeks in the Great Salt Lake, in Utah. A similar epidemic occurred in 1994, killing 10,000 birds. There are writeups here…

Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, photojournalist James Nachtwey talks about his decades as a war photographer. A slideshow of his photos, beginning in 1981 in Northern Ireland, reveal two parallel themes in his work. First, as he says: “The frontlines of contemporary wars are right where people live.” Street violence, famine, disease: he has photographed…

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

More On the Origins of Syphilis, here at PLoS… these are links to the numerous blog posts on the recently published paper on this topic. The new arena for the religious debate at Pharyngula It’s safe, it’s harmless, it’s a good way to vent: Faith Fighter! Pick your favorite deity and pound the space bar…

Hopeful Monsters and Hopeful Models

A hopeful monster is a mutant born with a genetically determined and large novel trait (compared to its parents) which confers enhanced fitness on that individual. This enhanced fitness increases the likelihood that the new mutant gene that determines this trait will be passed on and spread throughout the evolving population, so in a single…

Welcome to the newest SciBling

Kate Seip from The Anterior Commissure joins Pure Pedantry. Have a look.

I and the Bird …

… #67: Let’s all go on a birding holiday is here.

The Carnival of Education…

… is here.

New Study of Antarctic Ice Loss

The amount of ice lost to the sea from Antarctica has increased by 75 percent in the last 10 years. This is the result of an increase in glacial flow. It had previously been thought, and perhas was the case, that Greenland ice loss outpaced the Antarctica. This is no longer the case.