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Remember how I sang that awesome evolution rewrite of that song for open mic night at Science Online 2011? No? Oh, I see. You weren’t at Science Online 2011. Or, worse, you were, but you missed my stellar performance. No worries – I’ve been strong-armed into turning it into a recording. Without further ado… **UPDATE**…

GoDaddy.com Chief Executive Bob Parsons feels absolutely no remorse for his choice to engage in elephant hunts in Zimbabwe. He posted this boastful video saying it’s one of the most ‘rewarding’ things he does (warning – strong stomach required), and continues to defend it even after coming under fire for his actions. Parsons had this…

Is Bigger Really Better?

I have to confess, when I saw a global map of average penis size flying around twitter, I was like a eighth grade boy finding his first nudie magazine – I couldn’t help but take a peek. After a brief heart attack (it’s in cm, not inches), my inner scientist started asking silly questions. You…

National Geographic has chosen two noble causes for this year’s Expedition Granted. The one who wins will get $10,000 to help fight for the cause they are most passionate about. This is what Nat Geo has to say about the contestants: For Dash, that means saving the population of monk seals from extinction. Today, less…

I was over at my friend Kira’s house last night, having some wine and pizza and helping her relax before her PhD defense this afternoon. There was nothing abnormal about the evening at that point, though soon enough, that would change. Within the hour, we would first hear reports of a tsunami warning, the results…

To a biologist, there are only a few key elements that determine if something is alive: it must undergo homeostasis (stable internal state), metabolism (use energy to maintain organization and homeostasis), respond to its environment, adapt over time and reproduce. It sounds like a simple set of rules — after all, a bacteria can do…

Got a Post with the Most?

Hey fellow bloggers and fans of blogs! I’m happy to report that Tom Paine’s Ghost has announced the return of the Post with the Most! The contest rewards a $100 cash prize to the most powerful blog post. Posts are judged on their clarity, originality, integration (must contain at least three forms of media –…

Peta recently stirred up quite a lot of controversy with their banned superbowl ad claiming that “studies have shown that vegetarians are better lovers.” Of course, no such research exists, but somehow in trying find where that came from (no pun intended) I ended up in a twitter conversation about diet and sex. Anyhow, to…

Science Blogging FTW

As you might have noticed, I’ve added a new badge to the left sidebar. That’s right – you can start submitting posts for next year’s Open Laboratory already! So find your favorite science blog posts from around the interwebs that were published in the past couple months and get submitting! On a similar note, submissions…

Sexual assault is no laughing matter – unless, of course, the would-be rapist isn’t human. Who doesn’t giggle when they see a small dog humping someone’s leg? But what many people don’t realize is that reverse bestiality – where an animal makes unwanted sexual advances on a person – is a true problem for scientists…