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Hagfish, chill Puffins, swamp monsters, the mining boat floats, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: April 2, 2018

Monday Morning SalvageApril 2, 2018

Foghorn (A Call to Action!) Want to help stem the tide of misinformation online and off? Do you have it all figured out and just need resources to implement your world-saving solution? The Rita Allen Foundation is looking for Solutions to Curb the Spread of Misinformation. Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now) Hagfish. Tough. […]

Better Conservation through Cloning: this cock doesn’t crow

biology, Conservation, ecology, evolution, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 7, 2011

I awoke one morning early last spring to a noise I has been dreading for weeks, the first crow of a chicken that was not supposed to be a rooster. It took me several minutes to fully register what I was hearing. Rather that the classic cock-a-doodle-do we often associate with the rooster’s crow, the sound emanating from my […]

A Brief Primer on Inbreeding Depression

evolution, Popular Culture, ScienceApril 28, 2011

There I was, proudly ambivalent about events happening across the pond. Some royal something or other getting civil union-ed with some wealthy something something. Apparently this happening also involves some high-falutin’ muckity-muck. I had managed to avoid just about everything about this event, until my shields were ultimately breached by an unlikely saboteur. The scientific […]

Why a DNA database is a very bad idea

ScienceFebruary 24, 2010

Imagine this scenario: A murder case that went cold 20 years ago is reopened thanks to newly available DNA-based forensics. The state, lets say Arizona, has a large database of DNA. This isn’t the DNA deposited from newborns that David discussed a few weeks ago, but DNA from convicted criminals and really anyone who’s been […]