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Among the many treats in Carl Zimmer’s new Times piece on fireflies and sex — go, and be enchanted — I particularly liked this quick peek at how a life and a career can take a sharp turn for the most unplanned of reasons: It was on a night much like this one in 1980…

Much much much ado on the web this week, on the too-many fronts I try to visit. From my list of notables: Carl Zimmer, who clearly doesn’t sleep, writes up a nice post about a Nature paper announcing Limusaurus, a newly discovered fossil that is, Zimmer notes, is “not — I repeat NOT — the…

SciAm ponders evidence that fish hatcheries are watering down the trout and salmon gene pool. Matt Yglesias looks at one of many lies being told by those opposing health-care reform — confirming Salon’s prediction that the opponents of reform are not going to play nice. See also The American Prospect on How Big Pharma Intends…

Ed Yong examines how a simple writing exercise helps break vicious cycle that holds back black students. The Questionable Authority considers The Torture Memos, Medical “Professionals”, and the Hippocratic Oath. Jessica Palmer, in a healthy display of online media’s corrective power, tries to make clear that For the last time: that “Twitter is Evil” paper…

Carl explains this: After death, brains that do not simply disappear sometimes get smaller. In this particular fish, Sibyrhynchus denisoni the brain must have gotten a lot smaller. Check out this image, in which the braincase is in red, and the brain is in yellow. (The scale bar is 5 millimeters.) The subject is a…

Carl Zimmer faces the wrath

Carl Zimmer faces the wrath with cheerful good humor. The source of his troubles: