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Trematosauroids, those gharial-snouted, marine temnospondyls

Long-time Tet Zoo readers will know of my various efforts to get through all the temnospondyl lineages. Alas, I just haven’t been able to finish this grand project due to my getting stuck somewhere round about dissorophoids (see below for links to previous Tet Zoo temnospondyl articles)...

April 4, 2013 — Darren Naish

University of Texas researchers design synthetic trees for producing water and energy efficient algal biofuels

The idea is straightforward: grow algae in large quantities and harvest the energy dense byproducts as an alternative to fossil fuels. Like larger plants, microalgae use solar energy to fix carbon dioxide into energy dense molecules, which can then be used to synthesize transportation fuels, or produce bio-plastics and other materials.But the current processes are largely inefficient, requiring large water and energy inputs...

April 4, 2013 — David Wogan

Better Models of Our Nature

The human condition is more conditional than many think. Iffy ideas and popular errors bedevil our view of ourselves, but violence can lead to better models of our nature.In The Better Angels of Our Nature , Stephen Pinker, cognitive scientist, big-idea-big-book builder, and noted metaphor-breaker, has amassed armies of reason, deployed over 800 pages, to fight faulty ideas about human violence and its surprising decline...

April 4, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

Men, STEM, and Balance: Gilbert

What do you do when the old model no longer works? Our culture used to take it for granted that women would sacrifice their careers to raise the kids, while men sacrifice their family life to build their career...

April 4, 2013 — Dana Hunter

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Preprints, smelling personality, BRAIN, egg-mobile, internet addiction, and more.

Check out the brand new Video of the Week!- Jason Hoyt and Peter Binfield - Who Killed the PrePrint and Could it Make a Return? - Scott Barry Kaufman - Can You Smell Personality? - Gary Stix - When It’s Brains, It Pours ($$$$$): Obama’s Big (Neuro) Science Project - DNLee - Racism in Porn industry is newsworthy, so how can science make the cut? - Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L...

STAFFApril 3, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Illusion of the Week: Steel Magnolias

The Steel Magnolias illusion, by graphic designer Michael Pickard of Sunderland University in the UK, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2007 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

April 3, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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