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October 10, 2016
Little known fact: like Costa's hummingbird, the facial plumage has an iridescent underside that I can flash with muscle contractions.
October 3, 2016
Well, actually, Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the prize for his work on autophagy, a cellular process you may have never heard of before. The word means "self eating", and it's an important pathway that takes chunks of the internal content of the cell and throws them into the cell's incinerator, the…
September 30, 2016
If you ever wondered how to breed nautiluses…
September 23, 2016
Don't let the pokeboys and pokegirls enslave you! TONMO
September 19, 2016
…snake, that is.
September 12, 2016
It's called a Black-Waved Flannel, but none of us are fooled. We know where that came from. It's probably finished consuming its brain meal and is looking for a new host.
September 12, 2016
The oldest evidence for microbial life has been found in Greenland, with fossilized 3.7 billion year old stromatolites (layered bacterial colonies) found in the rocks. Here's what they look like: And here's the abstract of the paper: Biological activity is a major factor in Earth’s chemical cycles…
September 11, 2016
It's a standing joke that creationists demand a complete time-lapse recording of evolution before they're going to believe it. Joke no more: we've got one. It's a movie of bacteria evolving antibiotic resistance. I don't even need to explain it, because the video explains everything that's going on…
September 9, 2016
September 7, 2016
In response to Neil Shubin's recent paper on the subject, and Carl Zimmer's summary, the creationist Michael Denton criticizes evolutionary explanations for the vertebrate limb. It's a bizarre argument. First, here's the even shorter summary of the Shubin work. Ray-finned fish have, obviously…
September 5, 2016
It lives up to its name. Down to its name? Something, anyway.
September 2, 2016
"Well, Johnny, when a mommy squid and a daddy squid love each other very much…" "But Mommy, did that one just bite the other one? And are those little bits of squid in the water?" "Holy Mother of God, Johnny, don't look! Don't look! They're eating each other!" "Yes, they are, Mommy, and there is no…
August 26, 2016
It's a quiet, lonely life for a squid in the deep, just drifting along, dangling a pair of lines, hoping to snag dinner. There are two videos of this squid, one from 2014 and another from 2013.
August 24, 2016
I suggest an unholy hybrid of the two. Tastefully Offensive
August 22, 2016
Australian Geographic The Thorny Devil and I have exactly the same expression right now.
August 19, 2016
I mean, really. This team of 'scientists' hijacked a valuable research submersible, strapped their gadget to it, and sent it cruising to a depth of 900 meters in the Pacific Ocean just to catch this goofy-looking purple thing. Listen to these people…buncha giggly teenagers. I'm a bit annoyed…
August 17, 2016
Tridens flavus It grows to 1 or 2 meters tall, and it blanketed the land one time, when Indians tried to fight the government.
August 15, 2016
Australian Geographic
August 12, 2016
Monterey Bay Aquarium
August 10, 2016
We drove by fields of sunflowers the other day, which was a nice change from the usual endless fields of corn and soybeans. NPR And now I see that Caine also has sunflowers on her mind.
August 8, 2016
Because if you are, you might not want to watch this video of Bryan Fry collecting sea snakes. There's one scene where he's got a fist full of multiple venomous snakes all writhing about that might give you the heebie-jeebies.
August 3, 2016
In honor of the nomination of Donald Trump, the corpse flowers are blooming all across the country. It's actually a blessing; the stench of rotting flesh obscures the reek of the putrescence rising from the Republican party.
August 2, 2016
Perhaps we need to think more about human psychology. There's an interesting phenomenon that goes on all the time when people read about evolution: they shoehorn the observations into some functional purpose. There's just something so satisfying to our minds to be able to say "that thing exists for…
August 1, 2016
This is a pseudocolored image of nematocysts firing. HHMI In case you prefer the video…
July 29, 2016
He had several, because all the cool scientists like cephalopods, and they're still bottled up and preserved in museums. Sophie Wiltshire No word on the status of Darwin's pet cat.
July 25, 2016
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