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Oil Addiction, Not Fracking, Caused the 2011 Oklahoma Earthquakes

Earthquakes have become more than 10 times more common in normally quiescent parts of the U.S., such as Ohio and Oklahoma, in the past few years. Given the simultaneous uptick in fracking—an oil and gas drilling technique that involves fracturing shale rock deep underground with the use of a high pressure water cocktail—it's common to suspect a link...

March 27, 2013 — David Biello

Synthetic Classification: The Evolution of Imaginary Animals

Darwin's sketch of an evolutionary tree under the heading "I think" is a powerful and enduring image of his theory evolution by natural selection. Phylogenetic trees--branching diagrams that show the relationships between organisms and their evolution from a common ancestor--are now a standard image in biology texts used to situate an organism in biological space and time...

March 27, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

A Photo Safari at the San Diego Zoo

#PHD2013 is getting closer and closer. In the meantime, here are some more portraits of San Diego Zoo residents, following on from last week's post.Here's an angolan colobus monkey, with some bits of breakfast stuck to its face.An African Grey Parrot, a conspecific of the famous Alex.A menacing Steller's Sea Eagle, the best of all of Steller's birds, according to John McCormack...

March 27, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Hacking the Planet

Video of the Week #85, March 27th, 2013: From: Hacking the Planet Interview by Brian Malow at But Seriously... . Source: Science Comedian Brian Malow on YouTube A science comedian, a former Scientific American editor, and the senior science correspondent for the Huffington Post walk into a bar.....

March 27, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Pioneering Women in the Geosciences: Introduction

When asked for early geologists, all of us can rattle off names. Some of us may remember Nicolas Steno, the father of stratigraphy. We certainly mention James Hutton (father of deep time) and Charles Lyell (father of modern geology)...

March 27, 2013 — Dana Hunter

Unusual Octopods Elude Science: The Case of the Football Octopus

Shallow-water octopuses can be difficult enough to find. They camouflage against corals, hide in holes and generally make themselves scarce. But researchers can at least attempt to observe and collect them by snorkeling, diving or skimming nets and bottom trawls.The rest of the vast, dark ocean, however, presents a much larger sampling challenge...

March 27, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

The Legacy of Lifestyle

Kids are full of surprises, right down to the coded biological programs they inherit, which may contain subtle chemical reminders of their parents' lifestyles.

March 27, 2013 — Kara Rogers

If the Supreme Court is biased, which way does it lean?

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - William Shakespeare, Hamlet According to a poll from the Pew Research Center that has come out just in time for this week's historic decisions on marriage equality, we should all be concerned...

March 27, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

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