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From the NYT: Scientists said Thursday that they had trained a bacterium to eat and grow on a diet of arsenic, in place of phosphorus — one of six elements considered essential for life — opening up the possibility that … Continue reading
This is one of those incredible medical procedures that makes one realize that we’re living in the future! Ed Yong has the story.
A fascinating story by Maryn McKenna about a medical mystery from 1918, and the surprising results of the autopsy, that were published this week. via Ed Yong’s weekly science roundup. And by the same author, an alarming report on the drug … Continue reading
On the BBC via a post on facebook. Snakes without fathers: one of the unusual baby boas A female boa constrictor snake has given birth to two litters of extraordinary offspring. Evidence suggests the mother snake has had multiple … Continue reading
A fascinating (and fairly graphic) account from Ed Yong’s blog describing the paper ‘The Adaptive Function of Masturbation in a Promiscuous African Ground Squirrel’. The author Jane Waterman studies the evolution of social behavior and mating systems in animals, and … Continue reading
An amazing adult fly that mimics an ant larva, and other flies that behead ants, over at WEIT. Don’t miss the somewhat gruesome video with a gleeful USDA employee. And from one of the comments there I came across this: … Continue reading
A great interview, with an especially hilarious ending. Listen in at the Guardian.
There’s a recent paper that compares mutations in 10,000 people to discover the genetic basis behind 22 different traits. The study was conducted via online surveys filled out by customers of the personal genetic testing website 23andme. Some of these … Continue reading
Videos are available online from a conference at U Chicago held in 2009. The talks are on extremely diverse topics related to evolution, and look rather enticing. :) Post your thoughts if you end up watching any of them.