Archives for March 1, 2008

Berry Go Round #2 is available …

… at Further Thoughts. Berry Go Round is a carnival for Plants. But you don’t have to be a plant to submit a post. Just be interested in plants, generally from a biological and evolutionary perspective, not just, “I like plants, plants are cool.” The next edition will be hosted HERE, here…. where you are…

Nature News

Lynx Habitat; crabs vs. birds; Climate change law suit; Coral reefs; Invasive species in the Great Lakes. Feds Want More Critical Habitat for Lynx from PhysOrg.com (AP) — Federal wildlife managers said Thursday they want to increase by more than 20-fold the amount of land designated as critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx, to…

Gitmo As Hot Zone Research Center?

Interesting editorial in PLoS Genetics: Reports that the Bush administration has expressed an interest in closing the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility in Cuba [1], colloquially known in the US as “Gitmo,” could stimulate a new chapter in US foreign policy. By converting Gitmo into a biomedical research institute dedicated to combating the diseases of poverty…

Steve Jurvetson: The joy of rockets

Investor Steve Jurvetson talks about his awesome hobby — shooting off model rockets. With gorgeous photos, infectious glee and just a whiff of danger.

Evolution of the Flu Virus

The flu is caused by the influenza virus, of which there are several types. H1N1 is known as the “Spanish Flu,” H2N2 as the “Asian Flu” and so on. These funny letters and numbers refer to specific genotypes. The H1N1 is the version of the flu that caused the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and…

Americans revel in violence. We have an excuse for almost any kind of violent or oppressive act. When a young boy poking around, on a dare, in what he thought was an abandoned house was shot dead by my neighbor last year, the boy was vilified as a threat and the trigger happy crazy guy…

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

Afarensis has a post on the Lemurs I mentioned earlier, as well as a much more detailed account of sexual activities among apes than I had provided. Did Darwin catch crabs? Find out the details here. Data on fossil carbon emissions by country, here at Trinifar. Adam Smith meets Jacques Cousteau at Blogfish. Laelaps on…