Yes, it's Friday Weird Science time!!! Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today to talk about a recent study showing that humans...have a season. All sperm are equal, but certain times of year are more equal than others.
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Winner of Best Biology Blog Post of 2013 from Scienceseeker.org 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.
Higgs to two-photon candidate event as seen by CMS in May 2012 When last we checked in on the hunt for the Higgs, physicists weren’t yet ready to call the deal done.
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).
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?
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.
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.
Leucistic slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) Mesocarnivore trapping has kept me extremely busy for the last couple of weeks, but the results have been encouraging.
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.
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