Archive for January, 2013

Zimmer: Parasite Tales

Zimmer: Parasite Tales

One would be hard-pressed to find more disturbing behavior in all of the animal kingdom than what we observe in the the jewel and ichneumon wasps. Carl Zimmer’s TED talk topic is parasitic wasps.

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To Catch a Micro-Predator

To Catch a Micro-Predator

Tensions are running high as researchers race to find a vaccine for a quickly mutating bird virus. If H5N1 successfully jumps the species barrier, we could have another HIV-level pandemic on our hands.

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A Congressman Proposes National Darwin Day

A Congressman Proposes National Darwin Day

An official resolution to commemorate the birth date of Charles Darwin has been proffered by Democratic Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) in concert with the American Humanists Association.

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The Plight of Tasmanian Devils

The Plight of Tasmanian Devils

The current plight of the Tasmanian devil is of grave significance. A nasty cancer-causing mutation has already wiped out 84% of the species, leaving only 35,000 remaining in the wild.

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The Hobbit in Fast Forward: An Exercise in Innovation

The Hobbit in Fast Forward: An Exercise in Innovation

The cinema space is abuzz over The Hobbit premiere, but not just over Bilbo Baggins and his adventures against the legions of Sauron. Let’s peek behind the curtain at Peter Jackson’s unorthodox frame rate choice.

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The Best Science of 2012

The Best Science of 2012

Detonate your mind with this inspirational list over at My Science Academy of what the human race achieved this past year through the pursuits of science. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Schwartzberg: The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

Schwartzberg: The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

In this brief TED presentation, Louie Schwartzberg shares with us clips of his 35-year collection of time-lapse footage. The video captures in exquisite detail nature’s four primary pollinators: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats.

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Oldest Fossils Ever Discovered Are Found in Australia

Oldest Fossils Ever Discovered Are Found in Australia

The details of the discovery presented at last month’s Geological Society of America meeting are now part of public domain. A team scouring the Pilbara region of Australia claims to have found evidence of the earliest fossils now known to science.

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