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The Narcissism of De-Extinction

Winner of Best Biology Blog Post of 2013 from The TedxDeExtinction conference, discussing how and whether to resurrect extinct species from DNA, took place on the Ides of March 2013 at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC.

March 15, 2013 — Hannah Waters

A Jupiter Carousel: Hotspots Ride The Wave

Jupiter seen by Cassini (NASA) New analysis of data taken by the Cassini mission during its encounter with Jupiter in 2000 reveal that exceptionally clear atmospheric 'hotspots' effectively ride up and down in the Jovian skies as they are formed by what's known as a Rossby wave - a phenomenon familiar to us here on Earth.The authors of the study have produced such an excellent video explaining all of this that it's all you need to look at (really, it's that good).

March 15, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Then, and Now

I started photographing insects about 10 years ago. Here's a shot from the beginning: Odontomachus haematodus trap-jaw ant (2002, Nikon Coolpix 995) And a congener, from this week: Odontomachus rixosus trap-jaw ant (2013, Canon 7D) Aside from the obvious improvements to technology, what has changed?

March 15, 2013 — Alex Wild

Science Seeker Awards update

There are just a few weeks left to nominate posts for the inaugural Science Seeker Awards.In case you don't remember how to nominate a post, it's really simple: just find that post’s entry on Science Seeker (hint: use the filters and search box on the right sidebar), and click the little trophy icon.

STAFFMarch 15, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Khalil s Picks (15 March 2013)

Brain pictures aren’t very helpful after all, Big Pharma’s trying to give the impression that it’s becoming more transparent, scientists’ crazy thoughts, possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, Paris syndrome.

STAFFMarch 15, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Laikipia Plateau: Mesocarnivore Update

Leucistic slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) Mesocarnivore trapping has kept me extremely busy for the last couple of weeks, but the results have been encouraging.

March 15, 2013 — Anne-Marie Hodge

Nanopillars and a Disinfected World

The microbial world is ever-present and unrelenting. The enormity of it is hard to fathom, with facts like ‘there are 10 bacterial cells living in or on you for every one cell that is you’ and ‘estimates suggest there are five million trillion trillion bacteria on this planet’, that’s hard to predict, it may be plus or minus a few.

March 15, 2013 — James Byrne

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