OT missed this feature on the origins of multicellular life in the NY Times when it came out in March. Luckily, Carl Zimmer has recycled it on his twitter feed.
Maybe we have focused too much on the negative aspects of the Plague: “By targeting frail people of all ages, and killing them by the hundreds of thousands within an extremely short period of time, the Black Death might have represented a strong force of natural selection and removed the weakest individuals on a very […]
A variation on a theme OT previously discussed in the case of smallpox: how does the thing that kills you actually kill you. Here is a somewhat surprising answer for another major cause of death, cancer: “The terminal event in most cancer patients is a clot blocking something vital.” (Caveat emptor, this particular link is to an […]
This one is an oldie-but-goldie: Philip Ball asks “is beauty truth in science?” Personally, OT is not so sure. But he is willing to believe any theory 1982 Nastassja Kinski cares to expound. A short sample: “Einstein himself seemed rather indifferent to the experimental tests, however. The first came in 1919, when the British physicist […]
It’s the fuckin’ gene that does the runnin’. The horse got nothin’ to do with it.- The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984). It seems that not a day goes by without an overblown claim for a gene being made. The gene for homosexuality has been cloned. Scientists have found the gene for intelligence. Genetic basis of […]
OT feels that readers of a previous post were left with an unflattering view of the late, great Richard Feynman as a of soulless technocrat. Feynman added to his intelligence and analytical skills a palpable sense of wonder and play, a brief snippet of which can be glimpsed in this clip, where he takes down […]