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Evolutionary Economics and Darwin’s Wedge

Evolutionary Economics and Darwin’s Wedge

Economics is in our nature. But not the narrowly self-interested kind. We evolved to survive collaboratively. Models of us that exclude our interdependence are fatally flawed.

August 1, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Jurassic Park and the Race for Ancient DNA

Jurassic Park and the Race for Ancient DNA

We are in the small town of Clarkia, Idaho. It’s an ordinary middle-class town by anyone’s standards. I say a ‘town’… just 97 people live here, so as you can imagine the nightlife is usually a little wanting, but other than that it’s pretty normal.

August 1, 2013 — Andrew Jonathan Balmer
When viruses and bacteria unite!

When viruses and bacteria unite!

Illnesses have a tendency to clump together. An attack of the flu can bring on bacterial lung infections; in the USA almost half of all cases of bacterial sepsis occur following viral infections in the lungs.

July 21, 2011 — S.E. Gould
Frog-killing fungus is a skin-loving hybrid

Frog-killing fungus is a skin-loving hybrid

These are not the best of times for amphibians. All around the world, populations of frogs, salamanders and newts are declining. At least 489 species (7.8% of all known amphibians) are nearing extinction.

November 23, 2011 — Lucas Brouwers
The beauty of sewage

The beauty of sewage

Microbiologists might comprise the vast majority of people who get excited about sewage and other putrid-smelling places. A sample of activated sludge or a treatment pond make wonderful presents for bacteriologists and protistologists alike.

January 31, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Guilty Planet Is Resurrected.

Greetings! Thank you for visiting the new Guilty Planet (may the old Guilty Planet rest in peace). Before you go thinking that I aim to channel your mother after you walked in the house with dirty shoes, I would like to note that the title ‘Guilty Planet’ is meant to be descriptive, rather than prescriptive.

July 5, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet
Of the Creation Persuasion

Of the Creation Persuasion

The Earth is flat. A full moon leads to more crime. Humans were created less than 10,000 years ago. If you made your way through even the most general of science educations, the above statements should strike you as suspect.

October 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill

Some of The Things I Have Gotten Wrong

As a regular reader, you might know that Tet Zoo has been going for over nine years now. I've written about a lot of stuff, I’ve been intrigued and enthused by a substantial number of animals and animal-themed topics, and I’ve been attracted to a variety of controversial ideas and claimed discoveries.

April 20, 2015

“Ecomodernists” Envision Utopia—but What about War?

For an in-class exercise, I like asking students: “What’s your utopia?” I tell them that utopias aren’t fashionable these days; “utopian” is generally employed in a derogatory sense, meaning naively optimistic

April 14, 2015 — John Horgan

Domestic Horses of Africa

I've said on several previous occasions that domestic animals are far from outside the Tet Zoo remit. On the contrary, I find them to be of great interest, and I think that their diversity, evolution and behaviour is something that we should pay attention to more often.

May 10, 2015 — Darren Naish

That Brontosaurus Thing

So, the name Brontosaurus is back in business. After comparing, analysing, measuring and coding an extraordinary amount of anatomical detail pertaining to diplodocid sauropods, Emanuel Tschopp and colleagues have produced the largest-ever phylogenetic analysis of sauropods (Tschopp et al.

April 24, 2015 — Darren Naish