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500 Million Years of Evolution in Under 4 Minutes

Although this video by Fatboy Slim isn't particularly new, it's a great depiction of the process of evolution and still deserves recognition. Starting with some of the earliest forms of life, and ending with an interesting twist on human evolution (is our species evolving in a positive direction?) the video brings you a seamless and entertaining view of evolutionary biology...

May 21, 2013 — Carin Bondar

Scitable blog network just got bigger and better than ever!

Those of you reading this are probably most familiar with this science blogging network - the Scientific American blogs. But this is just one of several blog networks hosted by Nature Publishing Group (NPG), Scientific American and/or our partners in other countries.You may remember a few months ago when Nature Network and English-language version of SciLogs fused into a much better network, which you really should be following (and it's easy, as we have a widget for them on our sidebar, scroll down a little and look to the right), the NPG editorial blogs can be found here...

STAFFMay 21, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Winning the War against Cervical Cancer

I’ve yet to meet anyone who loves cancer. When President Nixon began the war on cancer in 1971 with the signing of the National Cancer Act, it was intended to “…strengthen the National Cancer Institute in order to more effectively carry out the national effort against cancer." Despite the billions of dollars spent, and a few scattered victories (e.g...

May 21, 2013 — Mark Farmer

Your Lady Parts Don t Like It When You Get Sick: Relationships Between Immune Health and Reproductive Hormones

Life history trade-offs are the bread and butter of biological anthropology. The way we understand the importance of certain traits and life events is in how they vary in response to selection pressures like energy availability or climate, but also cultural beliefs and practices.That’s why it matters to us when you got your first period, or what your birth weight was, or how closely you decided to space your children, or if you had them at all...

May 21, 2013 — Kate Clancy

Wild wallabies in the UK

I haven't had time to provide answers on the previous article, sorry about that. Busy with preparation for the International Symposium on Pterosaurs, this year being held in Rio.

May 21, 2013 — Darren Naish

Angelina Jolie and the One Percent

After learning that she had inherited a mutation on one of the so-called breast cancer genes, actress Angelina Jolie decided to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer...

May 20, 2013 — Gayle Sulik

A Beautiful Fungus Graveyard

Last month's UCLA-Leonardo Art|Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) included a fabulous lightning talk from Seri Robinson, a professor of wood anatomy at Oregon State University and a wood artist...

May 20, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

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