Happy President’s Day, to those of you who got a day off! Our boss scheduled a meeting today, in spite of the holiday, so Lucy K. and I were busy slaving in the lab. In celebration of the holiday, some light science fare today.
Did you know…
…that hyena dung can preserve human hair for 200,000 years?
…that a famous actor is going to restart the Large Hadron Collider?
…that supersized calories are in our kitchens, not just at McDonald’s?
…that a green comet is passing by next week?
Photo courtesy of dean.franklin
Tomorrow, February 12th, is a big day in the world of biology – it’s Darwin’s 200th birthday! Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution was born on February 12, 1809, and published his famous book “On the Origin of Species” about 50 years later. Scientists around the globe are planning events to celebrate Darwin’s discovery, as well as scientific innovation generally. There are a variety of talks and events aimed at the public.
To find out about Darwin Day and events near you, check out http://www.darwinday.org
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Popular Science has put together a list of the worst jobs in science for 2009. Want to know more? Think your job is worse? After you read about what a taphonomist does, I bet you’ll change your mind!
Photo provided by practicalowl.
If it’s as cold where you are as it has been in Boston, global warming might not be the first thing on your mind, but it’s been a hot topic in science news this week. Read about this and more (including training bees and healing nerves) in…
…this week’s BioBites!
Mid-way through January, many New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. I, for one, have been keeping my lab notebook more organized, but my posts have been a bit on the tardy side. For any of you out there resolving to quit smoking this year, maybe this will be a motivational boost. Scientists have found that not only second-hand, but third-hand smoke could be harming your loved ones.
I want more candy!
You’re lying, right?
My brain hurts!
Ever wonder what an ant colony looks like underground? These scientists did, too, so they filled an abandoned one with concrete and then dug it out. Ten tons (yes, TEN TONS) of concrete later, they discovered the ant equivalent of the Great Wall of China. Check it out below!
(In a hurry? Check out the section around 1:25 to get an idea of what they found.)
Welcome back to our first BioBites of 2009! Read up on what you missed in the science world while you were busy opening presents and eating lots of junk food (if your break was anything like mine).
This week’s BioBites!