Laryngitis is a heck of thing, especially when combined with an antibiotic allergy. Music to resume shortly.
Administrivia and Internal Matters
SONG: “Turn Me Back”.
SOURCE: “CRISPR’s hopeful monsters: gene-editing storms evo-devo labs,” Nature, 17 Aug 2016, as used in the post “Prepare to make prehistoric monsters..”
ABSTRACT: This is the first song I’ve ever recorded on Linux. I’ve converted my 12-year-old secondhand laptop to Lubuntu and am running Reaper (the recording program) in WINE (the thing that makes Linux pretend to be Windows). Love the way the rest of the computer works now, hate the way Reaper kee…
This is how an alga (that’s how it’s spelled in the book) reproduces. It looks like an underwater nasturtium.
Here, it’s being used to demonstrate what exactly RNA is doing in cells when living things reproduce. Algae are nice and simple, so little changes can be easy to see. This particular water plant helped biologists understand that the cell nucleus is where all that reproductive information gets stored.
The book in question is The Biological Role of Ribonucleic Acids by Belgian …
Science Art: Patterns of taxonomic and morphological diversification in early ray-finned fishes, M. Friedman.
Fish, in families. Fish, in schools.
These are all ray-finned fishes, on a chart showing how they became more diverse from the Devonian period (when oceans were the “in” places for life forms to hang out) to the Triassic (when dinosaurs started making the scene).
Ray-finned fish are one of two groups of bony fish (which is the big group of, basically, all the fish that aren’t sharks, rays, hagfish or lampreys). The other group of bony fish are lobe-finned fish, which are fish like coe…
Science Art: Vertical Image of Area A at Happisburgh, from "Hominin Footprints from Early Pleistocene Deposits at Happisburgh, UK," 2014.
These are the feet of prehistoric humans – little feet of children, big feet of adults. Actually, it’s an infographic based on a photograph based on rather well-preserved mud in Norfolk, England, which captured the shape of feet about a million to 0.78 million years ago. It’s a trace of a trace of a trace of feet.
The site is the “oldest known hominin footprint surface outside Africa.” It’s a group of men, women, boys, and girls from a family of our ancestors. They might be Neanderthals, …
This is a cartoon – a *funny* cartoon from about a hundred years before smartphones became a thing.
We knew what they would do to us. Even then, we knew.
It was published in Punch Magazine, but I found it at Public Domain Review.
I’m not sure exactly what this is a map of (other than Glen Tilt, Tayside), because there’s not much information on the USGS page where I found it.
It’s got a lovely geometry, though.
Looks like I’ll be owing a song… and a penitential cover for my tardiness. Stay tuned.
Alas, no song will be posted today. It will be forthcoming, as will a penitential cover.
Which means one shall be forthcoming soon. And a penitential cover. So it goes.
And today is the day there should be a song. So we owe you a song. And a penitential cover. Hmm. Hmm!
I’m taking a moment, with Archie McPhee, to celebrate the birth of a science dude. Dude!
Check this out: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/03/songs-torn-from-science-headlines.html Forget your Variety and your Rolling Stone. The Guild of Scientific Troubadours just received positive notice from a writer for New […]
SOPA and PIPA probably seem like good ideas at first glance, but they aren’t. They really aren’t.