Annals of the Former World is EXTRAORDINARY. Not easy -- full of complex concepts. The 10 Books You Absolutely Must Read to Understand the History of Earth
Thursday 26th July saw the launch of SciLogs.com , a new English language science blog network. SciLogs.com, the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German , Spanish and Dutch . The origin of breathing: how bacteria learnt to use oxygen | Lab Rat
Twins aren't clones. The first cloned animals were cloned over a century ago
This post is written in a font made of DNA : Not Exactly Rocket Science
Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About DNA "One of the most commonly created forms of synthetic DNA is XNA,"
XNA is synthetic DNA that's stronger than the real thing
Mark Gasson had caught a bad bug. Though he was not in pain, he was keenly aware of the infection raging in his left hand, knowing he could put others at risk by simply coming too close. But his virus wasn’t a risk for humans. Could Human and Computer Viruses Merge, Leaving Both Realms Vulnerable?
Image by Flickr user quinn.anya Nature, for all of its free-wheeling weeds and lightning strikes, is also full of biological regularity: the rows of an alligator’s teeth, the stripes on a zebrafish, the spacing of a chicken’s feathers. Alan Turing's 60-Year-Old Prediction About Patterns in Nature Proven True | Surprising Science
Great project. The Oldest Living Trees in the World
The recent Nature paper from Jef Boeke’s group , “ Synthetic chromosome arms function in yeast and generate phenotypic diversity by design ,” begins with an appropriately futuristic sentence: “The first phase of any genome engineering project is design.” While there have been efforts to redesign viral genomes and chemically synthesize bacterial genomes , whole genomes of living cells are not yet something that can readily be designed from scratch. This new paper (excellently reviewed by Lab Rat a while back) approaches the design of genomes in a fascinating way; instead of trying to decide in advance what a good engineered/engineerable genome looks like or simply copying an existing genome, they designed the sequence of one arm of a yeast chromosome (about 90,000 base pairs) with built-in genetic flexibility, enabling future experiments and future evolution. Diversity by Design | Oscillator
Evolution :: Features :: November 23, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print Microorganisms trying to eat one another may have led to the symbiotic merger of their genes—and also started the process of aging By Lynn Margulis Did Sex Emerge from Cannibalism? Sex, Death and Kefir, by Lynn Margulis (1938–2011)
Discover the cosmos! 2012 August 21 - DNA: The Molecule that Defines You
Molecular Visualizations of DNA - Original High Quality Version
Longevity Shown for First Time to Be Inherited via a Non-DNA Mechanism Evolution :: News :: October 19, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print Experiments with worms show that altering an enzyme can not only lengthen their life spans, but that the longevity effect can be carried across several generations By Sarah Fecht Research on nemotode worms is helping to illuminate ways to lengthen their lifetimes.
Lions and Tigers Bear Vocal Cords for Roars: Scientific American Podcast Evolution :: 60-Second Science :: November 2, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print Most animal vocal cords are triangular, but the uniquely stretchable square cords of the big cats let them produce their amazingly loud roars. Rose Eveleth reports For many potential entrée animals this [sound of lion roar] is one of the scariest sounds around.
Stunning Images Under the Microscope Capture the Lives of the Tiniest Creatures [Slide Show]: Scientific American Slideshows
Image: Gunnar Newquist. The Olympus BioScapes International Imaging Competition provides a selection of photographs that flame off our pages each December in riotous color. A good portion of the magazine would have to be given over to the contest to give every photo its due. We’re bringing you an additional selection here of worthy stills and videos that we’re sure will fascinate and amaze. Scroll down to watch a movie of a root growing or look at a photo of bugs eating bugs » View the Tiniest Creatures Slide Show Stunning Images Under the Microscope Capture the Lives of the Tiniest Creatures [Slide Show]
Let’s rewind time back about 3.5 billion years. Evolution: The Rise of Complexity | Science Sushi
logy Magazine When a bacterial cell divides into two daughter cells and those two cells divide into four more daughters, then 8, then 16 and so on, the result, biologists have long assumed, is an eternally youthful population of bacteria. Bacteria, in other words, don’t age—at least not in the same way all other organisms do. But a study conducted by evolutionary biologists at the University of California, San Diego questions that longstanding paradigm. In a paper published in the November 8 issue of the journal Current Biology , they conclude that not only do bacteria age, but that their ability to age allows bacteria to improve the evolutionary fitness of their population by diversifying their reproductive investment between older and more youthful daughters.
New Magnetic Bacteria! | Lab Rat
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Evolution World Tour: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador | Evotourism
How I became we, which became I again | Not Exactly Rocket Science
Mammals Made By Viruses | The Loom
DNA Barcoding Goes Mainstream | Wired Science
8 Things You Won't Believe Plants Do When No One's Looking
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Alan Turing's Patterns in Nature, and Beyond | Wired Science
Mini Motion: Award-Winning Microscope Videos | Wired Science
Meet the ancestor of all living things on Earth
Can a venus flytrap digest human flesh?
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Meet the molecule responsible for giving Earth all of its oxygen
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Watch this team of scientists make a lion roar. Oh, and did I mention the lion is dead?
A plausible end-of-the-world scenario you've probably never thought of
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Why we evolved two nostrils (hint: it's all about domination)
For the first time in 75 years, an entire genus of mammal is on the brink of extinction
Whoa, a Petri Dish That Has a Pulse
A Microbe Metropolis
Nature Under Glass: Gallery of Victorian Microscope Slides | History of Science & Scientific Imagery
Life began with a planetary mega-organism - life - 25 November 2011
FAQ: What's reproductive cloning? | How does reproductive cloning work? | LiveScience
Is it possible to reanimate the dead? Can dead people be brought back to life? | LiveScience
Anti-Gravity Machine for Levitating Fruit Flies
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Life on Earth began in . . . Greenland!?
Ancient Plants Resurrected from Siberian Permafrost | Silene Dtenophylla & Siberian Tundra | Oldest Regeneration of a Living Plant & Zombie Plants
Scientists confirm Alan Turing's 60-year-old theory for why tigers have stripes
Zoology & Animal behaviour