Science

That time we went to NASA

That time we went to NASA

This past weekend, Nasa Ames had an open house to celebrate their 75th anniversary — something that hasn’t happened in 17 years. It was amazing, and some of you probably couldn’t make it on account of not being in the bay area (or not being up all night the night they released tickets). We went, and took some pictures! »

Caveman genes — what our shared history with Denisovans means

Caveman genes — what our shared history with Denisovans means

A recent article in Nature determines, fairly conclusively, that a certain variant of a certain gene which allows Tibetans to thrive at high altitudes comes directly from interbreeding with Denisovans — from an extinct cousin of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. »

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... »

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