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Scientia Pro Publica 33

Welcome to the 33rd Edition of Scientia Pro Publica.

Food – Input and Output

The Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog asks “Why are there no perennial grain crops?” Meanwhile, on the consumption side of agriculture, Akshatrathi looks into the details of molecular gastronomy. Finally, The Rational Conservationist looks at revolutionary techniques in hazardous waste mitigation.

I need some space

Arcsecond explains how gravity works at a galactic scale (apparently gravity is measured as apples of equal density). The Story Collector wants to see your picture of science.

Those pesky primates

Over at The Voltage Gate, they put the biogeography and evolution of Homo floresiensis into context. Eric over at The Primate Diaries meditates on the definition of culture. Darcy Cowen at Scepticon asks the age old question – “Does you environment determine your behavior?” Finally, the chicken or the egg gleans insight into human evolution from the tuatara.

Disease, Parasites, and Preventative Medicine

Lab rat takes on the tactics of intracellular parasites like Chlamydia. Providentia explores the Spanish Flu Pandemic. 360 Degree Skeptic asks if preventative medicine is the same as alternative medicine. And Inkling Magazine wants to know if machines are making us crazy.

The Water of Life ain’t just Whiskey

Finally, the marine science posts! For those of you interested in crab migrations, check out Surprising Science’s piece – Crazy Crab Migrations. If copepods are more your thing (and lets face it, they are), head on over to Mauka to Makai for Copepod Power. Then again, sea grass is pretty freakin’ sweet to, so go to Here, There, and Everywhere for Seagrasses, much more than ugly weeds stinking up your beach.

Gulf Oil Spill got you down? It sure has gotten us down. Fortunately, Christie at Observations of a Nerd would like to inform us all that it’s not just the biggest environmental disaster in American history, it’s also being managed by people with less foresight than a tuatara (see what I did there?). Just to end on a positive note, Deep Type Flow wants to share with us why they love the ocean in the first place – The Water is Alive.

That’s all for this edition. Check out the next Scientia hosted at This View of Earth.

~Southern Fried Scientist


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


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