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Archives for September, 2007

Link Love: Pulse of the Planet

You may be familiar with Pulse of the Planet as a radio show about nature, but Jim Metzner, its producer, just let me know that it now sports a pretty extensive web site, including a selection of diaries from scientists studying everything from lightning to sea turtles. Check it out.

“Attached is a photo of a tattoo I got immediately after turning in the final paperwork a little over two weeks ago for the completion of my Ph.D. in biological anthropology. It’s the first evolutionary tree that Darwin sketched in his 1837 Notebook B on the transmutation of species.” –Julienne We’re up to 64 tattoos…

The bloggers here at Scienceblogs all have other professional lives–professors, doctors, software engineers, and so on. My own line of work as a science writer can make blogging a bit awkward every now and then. Take, for instance, an article I wrote for tomorrow’s New York Times about moray eels. It turns out that they…

What do human spit, baker’s yeast, and fly sex have in common? Together, they illustrate a way in which new kinds of genes evolve.

Tokyo and its Parasites Beckon…

Science Made Cool writes from Tokyo, describing the world’s only parasite museum. Someday I’ll get there… Sadly, the keychain with the sushi worm embedded inside is not for sale online… Update: Mark asks whether there’s an American museum in Maryland. It’s a collection, not a museum. I write about my visit there in Parasite Rex.…

Science Tattoos Hit Mainstream Media

Your scientific body art just keeps getting more attention. Can I just say that, as a science writer, I find it strange to get calls from other reporters wanting to interview me about other people’s tattoos? Who put that in my job description? Anyway, here are a few links– Wired: The Coolest Science Tattoos Metro…

A New Look At the Descent of Man

I want to give readers of the Loom a heads up about book that I’ve edited that’s coming out in November. The author is a very interesting writer named Charles Darwin. In 1871 Charles Darwin published pretty much his first and last word about human evolution: The Descent of Man. It’s a marvelous, but sometimes…

Dinosaurs: Beyond Cute

At about a pound and a half, Mahakala omnogovae was certainly a cute dinosaur. But cuteness is not why paleontologists traveled to the remote ends of Mongolia to find it. It’s part of a much bigger story.

I think he may be under the influence. If not, thanks. Okay–narcissism stops…now.

Life At Last

Earlier this summer my cover story on the meaning of life (or, at least, “life”) came out in the July/August issue of Seed. Now, at long last, the Seedsters have posted the story online. Read it here.