Posts tagged with ‘biology’


Whale Snot « The Thoughtful Animal 'She attaches some petri dishes to the bottom of the helicopter and flies it through the whale’s thirty-foot-high sneeze. The samples are taken back to the lab and analyzed for bacteria and viruses.' ( tags: whales biology ) the depth of the ocean A neat graphic showing the depth […]


DNA 2.0: A new operating system for life is created – life – 14 February 2010 – New Scientist Now that's what I call playing God in style: 'In all existing life forms, the four "letters" of the genetic code, called nucleotides, are read in triplets, so that every three nucleotides encode a single amino […]

Dry Store Room No. 1 by Richard Fortey

Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum is about the behind-the-scenes work at the Natural History Museum in London. Whether you find that an appealing subject for a book depends, I suppose, on your feelings about museums and/or natural history; personally I found it irresistible. The public face of […]

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The final chapter of The Origin of Species — Darwin’s ‘Recapitulation and Conclusion’ — states the case for evolution as well as any short account I have ever read. It’s tightly written, it argues a case, it summarises all the different kinds of evidence and shows clearly why they are important. It’s pithy, confident: great stuff.  […]


YouTube – Adaptive Eyewear – Solving an Invisible Problem A fabulous idea: 'Adaptive Eyeglasses bring vision correction to literacy programs in Ghana and help people all over the world make their own eyeglasses without aid of an optometrist.' ( tags: spectacles brilliant ) Pharyngula: Basics: Sonic Hedgehog 'Every time I mention this developmentally significant molecule, […]