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I am not usually the type to put pictures of cute animals up. I leave that to Cute Overload. I don’t really even like animals. (I know…shameful coming from a biologist.) But this otter is so cute it…it just defies description. It was rescued from abandonment in Scotland. Frankly, it makes your average puppy look…

Injectable Bone

Here is a cool idea. Researchers in Britain have come up with injectable bone: “Injectable bone is the first delivery system for stem cells and growth factors that forms a material with the strength of a bone,” said Robin Quirk, a pharmacist and co-founder of RegenTec — the University of Nottingham, In England, spin-off company…

Light Blogging to Come

Sorry about the light blogging everyone. I am super-busy at work preparing for an upcoming vacation, so I just don’t have the time for it at the moment. I expect light-blogging between now and the middle of October, so check back with us then.

Important Announcements

1) Two of my favorite bloggers — Shelley Batts of Retrospectacle and Steve Higgins of OmniBrain — have teamed up to form at group blog called Of Two Minds. Adjust your links accordingly. 2) Encephalon 40 is up at Mind Hacks. Thanks Vaughan!

Happy President’s Day!

Happy President’s Day! I’ve heard about these “holidays.” Apparently they are days when people with real jobs don’t have to go to work. Fascinating stuff. Someday I hope to have a job like that. A Canadian friend of mine also noted that it is Family Day in Canada: a day intended to be spent with…

NYTimes on Evo-Devo

The NYTimes has a excellent summary of the progress in the study of evolution of development (evo-devo). Scientists have been surprised to discover over the years that a relatively small number of closely-related genes control the body plan of animal species, even when those species’ body plans differ dramatically. Apparently these same genes are being…

On Vacation

We’re on vacation, so no posts until the 25th of March. Check back then.

Encephalon no. 17 (Pirate-style)

Arrgh. Avast ye dogs. This Encephalon will have a pirate theme — largely because I am coming off a wicked three day flu extravaganza, and I am still slightly delirious. Be like when the plague took me whole crew. Arrgh. So enjoy your piracy and brains, say aye.

Death to Sponges!

People can be really, really dumb sometimes: Reports about a study that found microwave ovens can be used to sterilize kitchen sponges sent people hurrying to test the idea this week — with sometimes disastrous results. A team at the University of Florida found that two minutes in the microwave at full power could kill…

Basic Concepts Query

We’ve been chatting in the ScienceBlogs forum about doing some posts about basic concepts in science — short articles for people who don’t necessarily have lots of background but would like to get some. Anyway, Chad is inquiring from his readers what kind of posts they would like to see. Suggestions for him are ideas…