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Should I Upgrade My Mac To El Capitan?

This is a question everyone is asking. For any mac OS upgrade, the first thing you have to ask yourself is this: Did Apple create a system update that requires me to buy a new computer? They do that every now and then. If so, then you have to decide if you want to buy…

Using a Virus to Permanently Sterilize Animals

Caltech biologists have developed a nonsurgical method to deliver long-term contraception to both male and female animals with a single shot. The technique--so far used only in mice--holds promise as an alternative to spaying and neutering...Show More Summary

False Prophets Strike Again: China is Selling off US Debt to Support Yuan NOT Causing American Economic Disaster

Remember the dire threat posed by our financial dependence on China? A few years ago it was all over the media, generally stated not as a hypothesis but as a fact. Obviously, terrible things would happen if China stopped buying our debt, or worse yet, started to sell off its holdings. Show More Summary

Sierra Nevada Proposing DreamChaser as X-37B Alternative

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) believes its Dream Chaser could be a viable alternative to the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for long-duration, recoverable experimentation in space.The company says its vehicle, which is still inShow More Summary

NASA Considering Habitat Module in Orbit Around Moon With FIrst Space Launch System Mission

U.S. space exploration planners say the next big piece of human hardware needed on the road to Mars is a modular habitat that could be stationed near the Moon and visited by early manned Orion capsule missions, building on ground- and...Show More Summary

Seems like El Niño’s feeling kinda crabby!

Pelagic red crabs (Pleuroncodes planipes)—also know as tuna crabs or langostilla—started washing up along Monterey Bay beaches yesterday! Typically found off of Mexico and southern California, these scarlet drifters are a favorite of...Show More Summary

In a Pichia

Culture of Pichia membranifaciens, from Tomas Linder. In my previous post, I alluded to the revolutionary effect that DNA analysis had on the classification of bacteria. A similar thing happened for the study of yeasts. Previously, the taxonomy of yeasts (i.e. Show More Summary

Alpha Bacteria

Two budding individuals of Caulobacter crescentus, from the US Dept of Energy. From about the 1980s onwards, the increasing application of molecular data (particularly the sequences of ribosomal RNA genes) to bacterial phylogeny meant that what had previously been an intractable mass of diversity began to emerge into some sort of order. Show More Summary

Fighting a war With China Requires Aircraft Carriers, FA-XX and TWO UCLASS UCAVs

At $4.7 billion over budget, Ford-class aircraft carriers have taken a beating in Congress. This morning, though, the House Seapower subcommittee chairman will roll out a report from the conservative Hudson Institute that’s a ringing defense of the carrier — but which also contains a stinging indictment of the aircraft that fly from it. Show More Summary

Gale Crater was Long Term Lakebed 3.3 to 3.8 Billion Years ago From Late Noachian Into Hesperian

We have heard the Mars exploration mantra for more than a decade: follow the water. In a new paper published October 9, 2015, in the journal Science, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team presents recent results of its quest to notShow More Summary

Genome of ancient Ethiopian tells story of our return to Africa

Comparing DNA extracted from an ancient Ethiopian skeleton with modern examples shows some of our ancestors migrated back to Africa from Eurasia 3000 years ago

Central Asia Became More Arid Across the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary

Onset of aridification by 34 Ma across the Eocene-Oligocene transition in Central AsiaAuthors:Sun et alAbstract:Cenozoic climate has changed markedly from a warm, wet climate to the present cool, dry glacial-interglacial cycles. The largest of these cooling steps is thought to have taken place across the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Show More Summary

What's in a Wing? Aptian Cretaceous Enantiornithine Bird Shows Perfect Flight Adaptation

Birds have an enormously long evolutionary history: The earliest of them, the famed Archaeopteryx, lived 150 million years ago in what is today southern Germany. However, whether these early birds were capable of flying -- and if so, how well -- has remained shrouded in scientific controversy. Show More Summary

Say hello to International Octopus Day!

Well hello indeed! Check your eight watches: it’s time for International Octopus Day!  To celebrate this 8th of Octo-ber, take a look at some of the amazing animals we’ve been lucky to work with, at the Aquarium and in the deep-sea of...Show More Summary

Ancient “Horse” Pregnancy Frozen in Time

Some fossils are just too cool. And slightly tragic. A 48 million year old fossil from the Messel beds of Germany fits this category well, preserving a mare with her unborn offspring. Beyond macabre fascination, however, what do these fossils tell us? … Continue reading » The post Ancient “Horse” Pregnancy Frozen in Time appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #6

Russia claims to have launched 27 air strikes in the last 24 hours. They claim the strikes were against IS. Locals on the ground have stated only two were against IS. The Russo-Assad offensive seems to be making progress. Rumors are of over 70 km taken in the first day. Show More Summary

Gay or straight? Saliva test can predict male sexual orientation

The test, based on epigenetic tags on the genome, claims 67 per cent accuracy, but concerns over eugenics and misuse have led lead researcher to quit his job

Elephants almost never get cancer thanks to multiple gene copies

Duplications of the p53 gene makes elephant cells more likely to die in response to DNA damage, rather than turn cancerous

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