The Loom

Archives for January, 2006

Cat-Blogging from Deep Time

As the proud owner of a fine cat, Tino, I’m happy to join the ritual of cat-blogging. I was inspired after reading a new study that sorts out Tino’s kinship with other cats. Now I know that a cheetah is more closely related to Tino than it is to a leopard (right and left, respectively).…

Let Me Draw Your Attention…

…to this gem I just received about my post on the Dover creationism case: Carl, It doesn’t bother you that the judge went beyond any human capacity to attack the board members, not for their actions, not for their efforts to remove science fiction from the science classroom (that would be a realistic description of…

On the Virtual Radio Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4 pm EST I’ll be a guest on Science and Society, an online radio show. You can listen live or visit the site later for a podcast. I’ll do my best to be interesting on all things evolutionary, but fortunately I’m sandwiched between two scientists who should be definitely worth a listen:…

In Praise of Flukes

I have an article in tomorrow’s New York Times on a provocative theory about our origins. Humans, other animals, plants, fungi, and protozoans are all eukaryotes. We all share a distinctive genome compared to other organisms (prokaryotes, which include bacteria and archaea). Our genes are more versatile: they can be switched on an off in…

Michigan Talk

I’ll be in Ann Arbor for a talk on January 14 at the natural history museum in conjunction with the opening of the “Explore Evolution” exhibit there. I’ll talk about reporting on new research in evolutionary biology. Here are the details.