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Archives for June, 2009

We have not yet begun to fight!

Today is the last day in the month of June, and so the last day that you can click on these awesome blogs, and have the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. So click once, or twice, or many many times! The Intersection On Becoming A Domestic And Laboratory Goddess Aetiology Neurotopia Bioephemera The Questionable…

“GRAAAHHHHHH”

The call, half roar, half terrifying honk of annoyance, echoed across the room. From the depths of a warm, comfortable nest, the monster stirred. Something was prodding it out of its lurid, murky dreams. “brrt, brrt, brrt… …brrt, brrt, brrt…” Snarling, the beast surged from the bed, lunging over to the alarm clock placed irritatingly…

For Jason

More like an opinion, but that’s not quite right.

We know that a lot of organisms, from humans to bacteria to birds to bees, have lots of sex. But what has mystified scientists for years is WHY. I mean, it’s fun and all (unless you’re a poor beetle girl stuck with this), but what purpose does it serve? On the face of it, in…

In which Sci is FAMOUS!

Sci loves it when she’s famous. This is mostly because it never happens in real life. But you will ALL know who Sci is when she TAKES OVER THE WORLD. Mwah ha ha ha. I know I look cute and furry. Don’t be fooled. And now, as part of my new plan for world domination,…

A Few Things

First off, how many is a “few”? I mean, I think of a “couple” as two, and a “few” as three. But what does that make five? “Some”? Anyway, please head on over and congratulation Southern Fried Scientist for his Quark win!!! 3quarksdaily picked his post on dolphin-safe tuna for their quark award! I’m so…

I wanted to draw attention to a new paper in JAMA recently because it reveals a lot about how conditional most of the statements we make in behavioral genetics are. Every time you hear a news article that says, “Gene for depression found,” I want you to think about this case. Risch et al. performed…

Interview of yours truly

Looks like I got cornered by Ava over at Paw Talk for an interview. Go check it out. We talked about animal intelligence, modeling diseases using animals, and my stupid cat’s antics. Good times!

So Notorious has been a neuroscience student for a long, long time now, and he was cleaning out the (metaphorical in his case) attic the other day and realized he has a lot of extra notes lying around collecting dust. In what will no doubt be a vain attempt to not just toss them, he…

I want my own death robot!

This guy is awesome. In fact, this guy makes me wish that awesome was a verb, so that I could say that “he awesomed around like there was no tomorrow.” Pop Sci reports that Carlos Owens of Wasilla, Alaska built his own 18 foot tall robotic exoskeleton in his backyard because…you know…he can. He acknowledges…