Carl is currently in Vancouver, and he was gracious enough to come out for drinks with us last night. This was after a great talk he gave on the how scientists have been following the evolutionary tracks of the H1N1 flu, so that folks can get a sense of (1) what it is, (2) how it's been moving, and (3) where exactly it may have come from in the first place.
The talk was apparently filmed, so I'll try and remember to pass on the link when it's up, but I thought it was worth reshowing a great little video from NPR that he highlighted.
As well, I double checked my notes and noticed that I had scribbled the phrase, "Darwin loved the beetles."
Of course, Carl was referring to the insects and the whole biology angle, but now I have in my head an image of Charles Darwin hanging out with Ringo (why Ringo and not Paul or John or George, I don't know - maybe that is a question worth debating overall).
Who would Darwin most likely hang out with if presented with the four Beatles?
I did hear once that Darwin could play the drums. Oh wait, I was drunk.
Carl Zimmer came to Vancouver and I don't find out about it until it's too late!? Nooooooooo!
I thank you for trying to learn..