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Bacteria with bodies - multicellular prokaryotes

Bacterial cells are fundamentally different to the cells of multicellular animals such as humans. They are far smaller, with less internal organisation and no nucleus (they have DNA but it is not packaged safely within a membrane)...

November 16, 2011 — S.E. Gould

Visual Communication at ScienceOnline2012

There will be tons of stuff to do and learn about art, illustration, photography, data visualization and other ways of visually representing science and nature this year: Science Scribe 2.0 (hands-on workshop, by sign-up ahead of time) - Perrin Ireland Science Scribe 2.0 will be an introduction to visual note taking skills that can be used to augment and illuminate science stories...

November 16, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - cholesterol, musical brain, Big O, rhinos and more...

Another fantastic day on the network:- Jeanne Garbarino - Cholesterol and Controversy: Past, present, and future - Maria Konnikova - Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Try to Make Bricks Without Clay - Christina Agapakis - Human Design - Kalliopi Monoyios - The Internet Can Show You A Lot, But Not This and JAMA gets a facelift - Carin Bondar - Biomusings: Videos Inspired by the Amazing Lives of Field Biologists - DNLee - Urban Science Adventure: Conduct your own backyard bird foraging experiment - Scicurious - SfN Neuroblogging: I see what you read there...

STAFFNovember 16, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Human Design

Keeping up with the news of synthetic biology means I often see a lot of kooky things. There's the delightfully kooky iGEM project ideas or news of cyborg yeast (more on that hopefully sometime soon), a few conspiracy theory websites, and lots of newspaper articles with headlines like (I'm paraphrasing here) "Synthetic Biology Will Soon Kill Us All" or "Every Problem in the Entire World to be Solved by Synthetic Biology in the Next Decade." This oscillation between certain death and techno-utopia is what Drew Endy calls "The Half-pipe of Doom," the inescapable binary of equally implausible hype surrounding the field...

November 15, 2011 — Christina Agapakis

JAMA gets a facelift

For almost 20 years, a neatly boxed image of fine art has graced the covers of the Journal of the American Medical Association, highlighting an emphasis they put on their commitment to art a half century ago...

November 15, 2011 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Another Rhino Goes Extinct and Other Updates from the Brink

Just two weeks after the World Wildlife Fund declared the Vietnam Javan rhinoceros ( Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus ) extinct comes the announcement of another rhino extinction, this time the western black rhino ( Diceros bicornis longipes ) of Africa.The declaration came last week from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as part of the latest update to its Red List of Threatened Species, which tracks the conservation status of endangered animals and plants around the world.The loss of the western black rhino was, sadly, expected...

November 15, 2011 — John R. Platt

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