But a very interesting human. A human being six inches tall (if standing), with only 12 sets of ribs, about 7 years old at the time of death. Did I mention six inches tall? New research on the so called “Atacama humanoid” (not an alien, just a human) shows a wide range of interesting genetic differences, according to a just published paper. Continue reading Yet Another South American Alien Turns Out To Be Human
Steve Benen, of the Rachel Maddow Show, notes, Continue reading Trump should watch The West Wing for pro tips
Model I birds, the kind that lived during the Age of the Other Dinosaurs, may not have brooded their eggs. Today, birds sit on their eggs in such a way that the adult bird’s down surrounds the ovoids, and warmth from the adult can keep the eggs at a constant temperature. Depending on the bird, you may find additional intersting adaptaitons. For example, Penguins use their own feet as a nest, placing the egg there. One adult broods the egg for a long period (days, in some species) and then swaps with the other adult, with the swapping being very ritualized in some cases. Like this egg swqap between parent Adelie penguins (Tip: this video does not show the actual swap): Continue reading The Early Bird Crushes The Egg
You’ve heard of the IPCC, the climate change report thingie. That is a project of the UN, and the UN actually has other, similar projects that are less well known. One of them is the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). This is the international agency tracking global biodiversity. They are issuing their new report on March 26th, but I can tell you about it now. Continue reading Biodiversity Down
Do you worry that your kid is going to be rejected from civilization, or, at least, college or the boy scouts or something, because of dumb stuff they do on line? Do you see evidence that your children are copying the jerky characters that grace our TV screens and movies, and are becoming too annoying, compared to how we all were when we grew up? Do you want to just tell the up coming generation to GET OFF THE LAWN!!!!
Here is a way to do that. Continue reading How to keep your kids out of trouble in this modern age
Read to the end before you judge me. Continue reading Bozo The Clown Dead
Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life by Oné R. Pagán is an excellent book with the evolutionary arms race, competition, and nature red in tooth and claw (and many other parts) as its theme. Well written and humorous, and scientifically accurate.
Mike Haubrich and I interviewed the author, and the Ikonokast Podcast of that interview IS HERE.
From the Publisher: Continue reading Strange Survivors: Book Note
A lot of people are deleting their facebook account, outraged by what some see as Facebook ruining civilization in cooperation with Cambridge Analytica.
I am currently involved in a number of efforts to sustain civilization that, for better or worse, are organized via Facebook. If I were to delete my facebook account now, it would stop my daily efforts, which are not inconsiderable, to move forward towards a fossil fuel free world, and to push the Republican Party off the edge of the planet. So I will not be doing this. Also, if you are an activist working in the areas I’m working, and you delete your account, I doubt I’ll be able to spend the effort compensating for your decision, nor will others, so keep that in mind.
But, with that disclaimer, I can see why people would want to do it. And, I will likely do it myself once I’ve migrated over to the alternative system.
Meanwhile, if you want to delete your Facebook account, read this over, and also read over the material in the link at the bottom, and plan it out. Continue reading “How do I delete my facebook account?” you ask?
A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction is a popular science book written by an actual expert on the field, addressing the ways in which the world of animals is shaped by sexual selection.
One of Darwin’s major contributions to the panoply of theoretical and observational work we call “evolution” was to recognize, describe, and model sexual selection. Continue reading Sexual Selection Up To Date: A Taste for the Beautiful
Let me know when you are done watching this, then I’ll explain why it is funny.
On the day of yet another school shooting (in Maryland), we have some serious issues to think about.
Every four years in Minnesota, we elected a new gubernor. We’re doing that right now.
This is an especially important race, for four reasons. Continue reading Candidate Rebecca Otto Lauded By Moms Demand Action
I want to tell you about a new and excellent award winning science book. It is about a Bald Eagle. Continue reading Beauty, Beak, Biotechnology, Birds