Fickleness is an odd thing. Why change your mind for no good reason? Well, if you are a fish, and picking a mate, predators may well be that reason. Choosing a mate is hard enough, especially when you have to invest a lot in reproduction and females often invest the lion’s share in reproduction (perhaps a [...]
Man, surface tension is a bitch at that scale. It’s like trying to drink [...]
This is entirely too freaking cool. It’s fairly well accepted that one of the reasons birds are able to accurately migrate repeatedly is due to their ability to sens magnetic fields. According to this research, for species like the European Robin, this manifests as an augmentation to their vision, but only over the right eye. It [...]
Oh my stars and garters, this is utterly beyond my pay grade. I barely understand quantum entanglement, and now they’re arguing that it might be the fundamental force holding together DNA? I have no possible basis on analysing that statement. So I’ll leave it without commentary, as an interesting paper for those who care about such [...]
This is why I don’t eat crustaceans — because they utterly terrify [...]
Don’t you love weird critters? This is Simonchelys parasitica, or a pugnose eel. Two of these were found in the heart of a recently dead shortfin mako. They were discovered during necropsy of the 900 lbs behemoth, and had drilled into the lumen of the heart. They think the eels took advantage of the wounded shark, [...]
I’m sure by now you realise I have nothing but love for all the wonderful and weird critters on this planet. Its biodiversity continues to astonish even the most jaded.
The Arizona State University International Institute for Species Exploration (whew) have posted a list of the top ten new species of 2009. For my money, the Green [...]
Sorry for the quiet around here. First hit by a major computer crisis, followed by moving house, and iPhone 4 fever. Hopefully things have settled now.
Anyway, here’s a thing about rice. Fingers crossed for some actual posting here in the next day [...]
Putting snails on meth helps us understand memory and addiction and the brain and behavior changes of locusts. For [...]
This week I had the pleasure of writing up one of the most impressive scientific achievements in recent memory — the creation of a synthetic genome which controlled a bacterium.
I also wrote about supernovae being the cause of calcium, which is [...]