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January 14, 2006
The next edition of the Tangled Bank will be held at Grey Thumb.blog on Wednesday, 18 Jan 2006. Send in those links to wonderful science writing to tangledbank@greythumb.org,host@tangledbank, orme by Tuesday evening.
January 14, 2006
BioCurious has a nifty methods article on Labeling λ DNA—if you've ever wanted to know how to tag a strand of DNA with a bead so you can tow it around with your optical tweezers, here's the theory (and they've got optical tweezers? I am so jealous.)
January 14, 2006
William Dembski doesn't think the way you or I do. When we encounter a problem in biological science, we try to think of experiments and observations that would help us resolve the question: Dembski thinks of public relations and commercial opportunities. Thoughts from Kansas catches him admitting…
January 14, 2006
The boy is an inspiring and ambitious figure today.
January 13, 2006
I've got to inaugurate the new site with a Friday Random Ten, don't I? My Generation Patti Smith Ghost Riders On The Storm California Guitar Trio Women's Prison Loretta Lynn Coming in from the cold The Delgados Noctuary Bonobo Evolution Ayumi Hamasaki Death Is Not The End (With Nick Cave) PJ Harvey…
January 13, 2006
Chris is clearly trying to drum up support among My People*. *My People. You know, godless nature lovers who like turtle sex. We're a  h u g e  demographic.
January 13, 2006
A reader sent in this little question: Possible answers: Well, what if McNuggets have souls, huh? What do you think of that, smart guy? Neither have souls! "Good" and "McNuggets" in the same sentence? Let's have a taste test and find out.
January 13, 2006
OK, that settles it. I'm in the wrong research field. They found breasts moved in a 3D figure of eight and that uncontrolled movement strained fragile tissues and ligaments. The study suggested as a woman runs a mile, her breasts bounced 135 meters. The report found each breast moved independently…
January 13, 2006
If ever you've looked yourself up on Rate My Professors, you'll appreciate Rate Your Students. (via Crooked Timber) On a related note, check out this praise for the ideal teacher: Severus Snape. I'm going to have to work on my style.
January 13, 2006
The Friday Ark doesn't look too crowded so far today—head on over and board up your organismal postings!
January 13, 2006
Man, you can shoot the pope and still get a job in this administration.
January 12, 2006
Ohio State Board of Education has an ID lesson plan on the books. Ohio Citizens for Science has been fighting it, but at a recent meeting, the Board voted to maintain it's anti-science position. A friend sent this scan from the Columbus Dispatch. It does show the ignorance, the contempt, and the…
January 12, 2006
An exploding aardvark whispered in my ear that we have a new candidate for governor here in Minnesota: Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey. Honesty is very seldom heard nowadays, especially from a politician. So, I am not going to break from political tradition. My name is Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey…
January 12, 2006
Every biology student gets introduced to the chordates with a list of their distinctive characteristics: they have a notochord, a dorsal hollow nerve cord, gill slits, and a post-anal tail. The embryonic stage in which we express all of these features is called the pharyngula stage—it's often also…
January 12, 2006
Well. If I were a "single-celled, parasitic protozoan known for infections that sometimes last for years, which may be accompanied by vague gastrointestinal distress or dysentery—complete with blood and mucus in the stool", I'd feel grossly insulted by this comparison. (I'm one to talk…"pmyers"…
January 12, 2006
This looks like art to me: the Pyrate Puppet Rock Opera Consortium. (via Virge)
January 12, 2006
Just in case anyone is concerned that I'll soften my hardline rejection of all religion just because I've assumed fancy new corporate digs, allow me to quote Dan Savage approvingly. And finally, to Rob in Albany who felt my aside was proof of my intolerance and hypocrisy: Joking about Christianity…
January 12, 2006
Whoa…now this is a phenomenal tool. iSpecies is a simple, minimalist page ala Google, with a single text entry box. Type in any taxon name, hit enter, and it comes back at you with genomics data, images, and documents on the organism(s). It's a species search engine! (via Evolgen)
January 12, 2006
Pat Robertson's remarks about Sharon—once again blaming human suffering on divine retribution—have put a crimp in his pocketbook. He's been leading a consortium to open a Christian theme park in Israel, and finally the Israelis have noticed that Robertson is a tasteless bigot and dishonest con-man…
January 12, 2006
This is a beautiful little animal with a brief and brilliant life. Watasenia scintillans is a small (mantle length,~6 cm; wet weight,~9 g), luminescent deep-sea squid, indigenous to northern Japan. Females carrying fertilized eggs come inshore each spring by the hundreds of millions, even a…
January 12, 2006
As you've figured out now, I've joined the ranks of the many science bloggers at scienceblogs.com. The plaster's still wet on the walls and there are a few things I still would like to see fixed up here in the new place (my rotating logos will be implemented some time—Carl Buell's Brontops will…