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For new readers, this collection of “missing links” rounds up fascinating stuff I find around the internet, and appears every Saturday. It’s separated into Top Picks (the best stuff), Science/News/Writing (science writing), Heh/Wow/Huh (silliness, satire, photos, videos), and Journalism/Internet/Society (a miscellany of my other interests). If links are broken, let me know in the comments. Top picks “Restless genes” by David Dobbs, about the genetics and other factors behind the human urge to explore, is one of the best science stories of the year, let alone the week.
Scientific Illustration: Archive
So, y'a know how people do this snow thing? SNOW ANGELS? Drop yourself in some powder and go wild! The Echinoblog
Solvin Zankl photography Magazine GEOinternational No. 04/2011, publishes Solvin’s story on the Chytridiomycosis Disease . The disease devastates amphibian populations around the world. (‘LEAPING INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE MYSTERY OF THE AMPHIBIAN EPIDEMIC’). The story is published in 15 international editions of the reportage magazine GEO: Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey reaching over 10 million readers. GEO veröffentlicht in der Ausgabe 04/2011 Solvins Reportage über die Verbreitung des Chytridpilzes (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) , der weltweit für den Amphibienrückgang mitverantwortlich gemacht wird – (‘LEAPING INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE MYSTERY OF THE AMPHIBIAN EPIDEMIC’).
The idea that there are specific marine counterparts to land creatures, inherited from the writers on natural history in Antiquity, was firmly believed in Islam and in Medieval Europe, and is exemplified by the creatures represented in the medieval animal encyclopedias called bestiaries and in the parallels drawn in the moralising attributes attached to each. "The creation was a mathematical diagram drawn in parallel lines," T.H. White said a propos the bestiary he translated. Marine counterparts of land creatures
The Philippines is the first stop for our 2014 South East Asian campaign. The coral reefs of the Philippines are part of an area known as the "coral triangle", this is the most bio-diverse marine environment in the world. Some of the most spectacular coral reefs on our planet are found in this region, it is critical that we record their current condition so that Marine Park Managers have the data to help manage this critical environment.
Plankton Chronicles on Vimeo
Talk.origins is a Usenet newsgroup devoted to the discussion and debate of biological and physical origins. Most discussions in the newsgroup center on the creation/evolution controversy, but other topics of discussion include the origin of life, geology, biology, catastrophism, cosmology and theology. The TalkOrigins Archive is a collection of articles and essays, most of which have appeared in talk.origins at one time or another. The primary reason for this archive's existence is to provide mainstream scientific responses to the many frequently asked questions (FAQs) that appear in the talk.origins newsgroup and the frequently rebutted assertions of those advocating intelligent design or other creationist pseudosciences.
Spartobranchus tenuis was an endobenthic (burrowing) enteropneust (or acorn worm) from the Burgess Shale. It is the earliest known enteropneust worm, predating the previous example by 200 Ma. Although common in the Walcott quarry, with a few thousand specimens known, it was nicknamed "Ottoia" tenuis until scientifically described in March 2013. Life Before the Dinosaurs
Building the Ark Accommodating All Those Animals Leaving Some Things Behind Sizing Up the Load The Impossible Voyage of Noah's Ark
The World's Most Unanswered Science Questions www.newscientist.com/lastword A cool Q+A section - for all those 'small mysteries of everyday life'. The site itself is very comprehensive too, with up to date science news and much more. www.sciencenet.org.uk Another Q+A site with thousands of questions and a neat search feature. This is also the site responsible for the free telephone service - 'Science Line'. www.madsci.org/submit.html Yet another brilliant site dedicated to answering all your questions about science.
What if we were to dump all the tea in the world into the Great Lakes? How strong, compared to a regular cup of tea, would the lake tea be? Alex Burman Weak, bordering on homeopathic.