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 [...]
I am far too proud of myself for not making a single dick joke while writing this article [...]
I write this thing, it gets published! Woop woop! Over [...]
Sleepiness and alcohol, how your body might be trying to protect you. Up now, [...]
Chimps are more or less our cousins in an evolutionary sense. I find it absolutely intriguing that the way they see and deal with death is something that we can identify with readily. While we might find it difficult to accept how at home they are with corpses, hanging around them for months at [...]
Drawing heavily from stuff I already wrote about here, but with some other details…it’s my semi-regular posting over [...]
Tyrannobdella rex, a newly discovered leech that lives in your nose. It gets up to 6.5 cm long, and has a single row of comparatively gigantic teeth. Read on for [...]
Australopithecus sediba, found in South Africa. Something like a transitional form between Australopithecus and Homo, approx 1.9 mya. It has the teeth, legs and hips of an upright running Homo, but the arms and fists of an Australopithecus. Very interesting stuff.
Image: The U.W. 88-50 (MH 1) cranium. The cranium forms part of the holotype skeleton of [...]