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Fly on wall sees things it wishes it hadn't

“Where there are humans,you'll find flies,and Buddhas.”–Kobayashi IssaEach day, in each country, a housefly is born. Lots of houseflies really. Houseflies have been being born around us for thousands of years...

October 24, 2011 — Rob Dunn

A Little Ke$ha for your Monday Morning Music Video

I recently came across the fantastic parody videos done by Jank Media, which represent a great combination of science sass and silliness. I love how our primadonna character walks the subtle line between making fun of herself and being serious about delivering her scientific lyrics...

October 24, 2011 — Carin Bondar

X-Rays Reveal What Lies Beneath

Art and politics don't generally mix. Just ask Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Okay, you can't ask him directly, because Goya died nearly 200 years ago, but new x-ray analysis of one of his most famous paintings may shed light on the unique circumstances under which Goya painted it...

October 24, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

Weekly Highlights #9

Just a quick survey of some of the most recent articles and blog posts you may find interesting: Marissa Fessenden, at UCSC: There’s fluoride in my water?: Today, 64 percent of Americans will drink and bathe in fluoridated water...

STAFFOctober 23, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Science-Art Scumble #26

This Scumble's featured artwork takes on the Kraken controversy, by scientific illustrator Nobu Tamura.As long as I've been aware of Tamura's paleontology illustrations and reconstructions, I've been amazed at his tremendous output...

October 23, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

Elements of a Viral Video-Cute Animals

Not too long ago, a friend introduced me to the most adorable viral video ever! My life has not been the same since. Take a look! Since then, my computer wallpaper has been sloths, my avatars in many places are also those absolutely charming creatures as well...

October 22, 2011 — Joanne Manaster

Evolutionary Biology Needs Viral Marketing

[caption id="attachment_176" align="alignleft" width="279" caption="Stickleback stamp from Faroe Islands. Public Domain, artwork by Astrid Andreasen, 1994."][/caption] What is the first thing you do when you want to find something out these days?...

October 22, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Microbe Hall of Fame

There are some beautiful new pictures on the New Scientist website of the top ten superbug supervillains. Each superbug has a mugshot along with a quick description of why it's so dangerous.Most of the bacterial names have "drug resistant" or "antibiotic resistant" now incorporated in front of the name...

October 22, 2011 — S.E. Gould

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