Biology

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They do that, you know

Both the mammalogist and the political junkie in me wish we could see this: rumors are flying like monkeys and squirrels, which, of course, clouds the issue A literal cloud of flying monkeys and squirrels would be quite a sight.

True enough

More here, via Glenn Branch.

Slacktivist has an interesting plan for abstinence education: Two things I’ve never been able to figure out about “abstinence only” sex education. 1. Isn’t it necessary, at some point, to describe what it is, exactly (or even generally), that they’re supposed to be abstaining from? 2. Since the goal here seems to be to put…

Carl Zimmer Live Blogging The Mars Methane Mystery: Aliens At Last?, reports that: 2:14 Lisa Pratt of Indiana University is talking biology. She is stoked. 2:15 Okay, I mean as stoked as scientists get at press conferences where they talk about photic zones. You can see it in the rise of her eyebrows. Now, a…

“Hideously cute”

Via ZooBorns, Amani the Baby Aardvark: The keepers at the Detroit Zoo describe young Amani as “hideously cute,” which is fair only if one emphasizes “cute.”

Mike the Mad Biologist is, well, mad. In writing about Obama’s science team, I commented that: scientists often distinguish [technical challenges] from the challenges in testing our broad conceptual understanding of the laws of nature. While “test tube jockeys” often produce important results, there tends to be a certain skepticism of their work. Similarly, medical…

What Ails the Mercurial Jeremy Piven?

The Center For American Progress’s Wonk Room wonders Is Coal-Poisoned Sushi Killing Jeremy Piven? Piven left a Broadway play because of a doctor’s finding that he has elevated mercury levels. “Piven?s doctor, Carlon Colker,” the Wonk Room relays, “explained that his mercury poisoning was caused by a high-sushi diet“: Dr. Colker said that an initial…

BYOSquid!

ZOMFG! The Museum of New Zealand has a website where you can build your own squid! I present you with my invention, Joshteuthis. Go forth!

Green fluorescent protein is a standard tool in molecular biology. Researchers insert the gene into an animal’s genome, and then watch for a characteristic green glow when a particular region is activated. By finding cells where the gene inserts near another protein of interest, it is possible to use that glow as a marker for…

Kos wonders: Does O’Reilly really want to maintain that the difference between Jamie Lynn and Bristol is that the Spears daughter was “running around unsupervised”? Because if O’Reilly insists that Bristol, to the contrary, was supervised, then how exactly did she get knocked up? It would follow that … yeah. Gross. Of course she supervised.…