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Only One of These is Ramen Noodles

Nothing says college breakfast of champions more than the salty, stale goodness of Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup. We’ve all been there…where Ramen is life…some of us might still be there…it’s okay friend. Which is why those visiting the California coast for summer vacation might be slightly confused on who dropped the Ramen in the ocean? […]

Luxturna: A Giant Step Forward for Blindness Gene Therapy – A Conversation with Dr. Kathy High

Three years ago, at a fundraiser near Philadelphia for the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, I stood, dumbstruck, as young teen Christian Guardino took the stage and belted out Don’t Stop Believing. Christian had recently undergo...

The harrowing life of the violet snail

  For a long time when I thought of the violet snail I thought of hopelessness. I first learned about it after moving to a new town in a new state, knowing almost no one. I sat in my living room full of boxes, with my too-small lamp lighting the too-big desk, an evening blizzard raging […]

Can CRISPR Conquer Huntington’s?

I set a high bar for writing about mouse studies. I don’t include them in my textbooks or news articles, and only rarely blog about them. But when experiments in mice shine a glimmer of

Stealth Saga #62

6th Generation Fighters:Japan has teamed with Britain to study its next generation fighter.The penetrating counter air system may be fast tracked and only a small number bought. The PCA program under the Trump budget was $143 million. Show More Summary

This Mesozoic Month: April 2017

Not the roller coaster that March was, but April's been another nifty month in matters paleontological, and that's no foolin'! In the News Edmontosaurus lovers, heads up. The cranium of E. regalis is the subject of a new paper in PLoS One. Show More Summary

Peak Poke? (Or, Our Choices Have Consequences)

One of my favorite urban myths is that at any point in time you are never more than six feet away from a rat.  Turns out that the reality is more like 164 feet away, but that’s just splitting rat hairs.  The point stands that where you find people, you find a lot of rats.  […]

This Mesozoic Month: March 2017

Well. That was a month, eh? Before we dive into this wild lunar cycle of paleontological action, I'll put out one more call: if you are a paleoartist and you haven't taken the 2017 Survey of Paleoartists, do it! It's easy and won't take too long. Show More Summary

crecrecreature: ignem-aeternum: Found this and thought y'all...

crecrecreature: ignem-aeternum: Found this and thought y'all would appreciate it ???? I call it “The Flight of the Scallops” If anyone knows where this is from please add a link because this is awesome. Source

Trolling in the deep: from raging rants to support of the strange

Today’s guest post is by Natasha Phillips, a marine biologist and PhD researcher based at Queen’s University Belfast, interested in the movement ecology, diet and energetics of ocean sunfishes (Twitter: @SunfishResearch, Blog: sunfishresearch.wordpress.com)...Show More Summary

This Mesozoic Month: February 2017

Though I typically post these on the first, I'm running February's roundup a day early to make room for the launch of the 2017 Survey of Paleoartists tomorrow. Come back tomorrow to read about, and take, the survey! In the News Early...Show More Summary

2-12-17 A Tribute to Granny J-2

Sunday, February 12th...today the Town of Friday Harbor and The Whale Museum held a tribute to Granny J-2....knowing that many people who knew Granny but live far away would not be able to attend, and because of requests by some...I remade the slide show into a movie so I could put it on my blog. Show More Summary

Pig People?

When Medscape asked me late last week to cover the making of early embryos that have cells from pigs and humans, I couldn’t help but flash back to the pigman episode of Seinfeld. “The government’s been experimenting with

How do bone-eating worms eat bones?

The deep-sea Osedax bone-devouring worms could easily have been the poster child for Deep-Sea News instead of the Giant Squid.    I love them because Osedax these little soft sacks resemble snotty little flowers.  Perhaps that’s why the first named species got the Latin name of Osedax mucofloris, literally bone devouring mucus flower. The females are all […]

12 Alternative Facts of Human Genetics

I’ve always wanted to write about my favorite experiment in human genetics, but a news hook was elusive. Not any more! Thank you Kellyanne Conway for your intriguing concept of “alternative facts.” I’m writing the 12th

The Guardian view on education: it’s not all in the genes

Our educational attainment and when we have children is determined a little by chromosomes but much more by social and environmental conditions Human intelligence quite obviously has some genetic component. Genes do constrain our fate, as does luck, even if development matters more. Show More Summary

seafoodwatch: Seafood Watch’s Big Moments of 2016 Being a bunch of scientists, we here at Seafood...

seafoodwatch: Seafood Watch’s Big Moments of 2016 Being a bunch of scientists, we here at Seafood Watch usually channel our inner Vulcan and keep emotion out of it. We’re pretty proud, though, about a few things that happened this year. Show More Summary

Genetics in 2016: Breakthrough, Breakdown, and Bridge

I dislike end-of-year “best of” lists, especially the “breakthroughs” that imply scientific discoveries and medical advances emerge from out of nowhere. Often they’re the product of PR machines that select and then catapult certain research

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