Doomsayers say it will put us all out of work, but experience suggests otherwise
The “extinction capital of the world” could start losing unique plant species in as little as a month if funding disappears
Those duck-billed dinosaurs weren’t duck-billed
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Courtesy of Department of Energy Steven Chu will step down as Secretary of Energy at the end of this month, though he "may stay beyond that time so that I can leave the Department in the hands of the new Secretary," he wrote in a farewell letter to Department of Energy (DoE) staff, issued February 1.
I’m currently at ScienceOnline 2013 (yay!) which means that I’m doing more talking than reading (and writing). My picks this week are few so if you’ve read something from up-and-coming science writers which I failed to pick up here, do leave a link in the comment section below.
Editor’s note: Researchers exploring Mars via rover and satellite have to adapt to the longer day on the Red Planet. Katie Worth, whose Can Earthlings Adapt to the Longer Day on Mars?
Invited Guest Post by Marissa Fessenden (@marisfessenden) U.S. business and policy leaders have made it a priority to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a hermaphroditic flatworm in possession of its own sperm, rarely runs short of sperm, and thus must be in want of another hermaphrodite of suitable quality to inseminate."-Jane Austen, if she had studied flatworms Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, talking about how flatworms trade sperm.
Wild yaks are coming back to at least one area of Tibet after a long period of overhunting, but the future for the species is yet unknown as their periglacial habitat melts because of climate change.Wild yaks ( Bos mutus ) are among Asia's largest mammals, second only to elephants and rhinos, and are especially adapted to high-altitude regions.
A specimen photograph of Coryphaenoides yaquinae. If confirmed with more detailed study at Te Papa, this will be the first proven record in New Zealand waters.
Welcome to the 56th edition of the Carnival of Evolution.I haven't been on holiday for a while, so for this issue I thought I'd take a trip around the world, looking in on all the exciting research and work being done in the field of evolution.
Busy primary care doctors, especially those who see children, prescribe it ten times a day, sometimes more. For over thirty years it's been our old steady friend, our go-to medication for bacterial ear infections, pneumonia, strep throat, and sinusitis.
One thing I love about blogging is hearing from readers, especially readers who have intriguing tales to tell. A bit ago, Timo5150 left a tantalizing clue that one such tale might prove extra-intriguing: I was living just outside Randle Washington when it erupted, 20.2 miles from it.
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