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Dung from Critically Endangered Kakapo Parrots Could Save Endangered Plant

Dung from Critically Endangered Kakapo Parrots Could Save Endangered Plant

A fossilized sample of thousand-year-old parrot dung has revealed a previously unknown ecological relationship that could help save a threatened parasitic plant from extinction.Yup, conservation science is sometimes weird.The plant in question is called Dactylanthus taylorii (aka wood rose or Hades flower).

October 3, 2012 — John R. Platt
Super-Toxic Snake Venom Could Yield New Painkillers

Super-Toxic Snake Venom Could Yield New Painkillers

Image of black mamba snake courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Bill Love/Blue Chameleon Ventures A bite from the black mamba snake ( Dendroaspis polylepis ) can kill an adult human within 20 minutes.

October 3, 2012 — Katherine Harmon
Twitter For Science Writers

Twitter For Science Writers

In this digital age, journalists and writers are increasingly having to focus on producing content online, be it the long-form feature stories, the news articles or the opinionated blog posts.

STAFFOctober 3, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally
The Most Amazing Lego Contraption Ever

The Most Amazing Lego Contraption Ever

Video of the Week #63 October 3rd, 2012: From: Watch the Most Amazing Lego Contraption Ever by Michael Moyer at Observations . Source: Akiyuki First there was the video of the LEGO version of the Antikythera Mechanism--an ancient Greek computing device found in a shipwreck in 1901 used to calculate the positions of astronomical bodies with extraordinary precision.

October 3, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
What Did You Miss?

What Did You Miss?

Last month, we posted a wide variety of science-art here at Symbiartic. We thought it'd be nice to post an overview in case you missed or wanted to revisit any.

October 2, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Misconduct, not error, is the source of most retracted papers

Misconduct, not error, is the source of most retracted papers

There's a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that should make the scientific community sit up and do a little pondering. Researchers from the University of Washington, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the firm MediCC!

October 2, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Moving into the Wisconsin Idea

Moving into the Wisconsin Idea

Dear Readers, it's been quite awhile since I last wrote.In the intervening time, North Carolina Central University deemed me a Master of Biology, I traveled to see friends and family, and I moved to Madison, Wisconsin to start school in the Neuroscience and Public Policy program (NPP) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

October 2, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

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