Science

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Here’s a question for you: What do you get when you put a mammoth genome into an elephant egg? Is it a mammoth or an elephant or something else? And why would you do it? »

Stem Cells, Stressed Cells, Healing, and the Lure of Rejuvenation

Stem Cells, Stressed Cells, Healing, and the Lure of Rejuvenation

A recent study in Nature, entitled “Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency“, suggests that subjecting cells to dangerous but non-lethal conditions (such as a bath in acid, or a mechanical squeeze) can turn them into stem cells. Unsurprisingly, this publication set off a bit of a media blitz, and then it turned out that there were numerous problems with th... »

Hot Water, Cold Air – America Loses its Collective Mind

Hot Water, Cold Air – America Loses its Collective Mind

There has been a rash of people noticing that hot water lets off mist when it gets cold. I assume that this is because most Americans have never seen cold before. In hopes of adding some science to the sense of awe and wonder, I bring you this video from the miserable frostbitten planes of Canada. »

Critical Thinking and Science in the New Year

Critical Thinking and Science in the New Year

David Brooks posted his favorite essays of the year, and I wanted to draw attention to the first two, which I think will be of particular interest to Labbers. »

NEW! Chris Hadfield Paper Doll

NEW! Chris Hadfield Paper Doll

Proud to honor Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield with his very own paper doll. »

Mad Quickies 11.20

Mad Quickies 11.20

Wednesday Quickies for y’all! Party like it’s 1120! By now you’ve seen the GoldieBlox Rube Goldberg, yes? If not, go now. Photographer Uses Cheap Home-Made Camera Rig To Take Stunning Close-Ups of Snowflakes. So lovely.  Oldie but goodie #1 for the week: The Most Amazing Thing About Trees. Oldie but goodie #2 for the week: Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns, fro... »

Giraffe: A Pain in the Neck for Science?

Giraffe: A Pain in the Neck for Science?

Did you know that the giraffe’s neck is proof of a god of some sort? Neither did I until a few years ago when I was becoming an atheist. I was surprised by how many times I saw information like the following from Project Creation: “…when a giraffe lowers its head to get a drink of water it would, without its specially designed features, literally blow out its brain because of the... »

Crowdfunding Science

Crowdfunding Science

As a scientist just beginning her career, the prospect of fishing for federal grant money in an increasingly overfished and under-populated lake is something I dread. As a denizen of silicon valley, I am surrounded by people whose go-to method for funding big, crazy ideas is crowdfunding. I’ve been party to endless debates on which platform to use, whether you need a platform at all, and whi... »

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