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Journalists vector GM fears as FDA considers Oxitec's Keys mosquito plan — In the past few days, a new "GMO scandal" has hit the headlines. The UK biotech firm Oxitec has proposed the release of special genetically modified mosquitos in the Florida Keys to help with current mosquito control efforts.
Jan 28, 2015

"The reporting has been lazy, hyperbolic & dangerously inaccurate." @NerdyChristie on latest media-abetted GMO fear.…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @DrMRFrancis:… Why we shouldn't panic about genetically-modified mosquitoes made to control disease in Florida. By @NerdyChristie

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The Bloodthirsty Truth of the Beautiful Orchid Mantis — This article was originally published on The Conversation. In his 1879 account of wanderings in the Orient, the travel writer James Hingston describes how, in West Java, he was treated to a bizarre experience: I am taken by my kind host around his garden, and shown, among other things, a flower, a red orchid, that catches and feeds upon live flies.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @craigtimes: The bloodthirsty (but hard to see) beauty of the #orchid mantis:

Jan 27, 2015

The bloodthirsty (but hard to see) beauty of the #orchid mantis:

Athletic Training Makes Lizards Better Runners — Athletes don't normally need to be chased down the track to get their training mileage in. But a green anole lizard is not a normal athlete. Scientists wanted to know whether it's possible to train a lizard at all. Human athletes and other mammals perform better with consistent exercise, but is this universal?

The Quest to Resurrect Extinct Species — Hendrik Poinar had no idea the bizarre turn his day was about to take. Perched on a leather sofa in a downtown Toronto office, his host, a wealthy businessman, uncorked a $7,000 bottle of wine and outlined the multimillion-dollar offer: leave behind his research position at McMaster University's Ancient DNA Centre in Ontario and work full time to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @VirginiaGewin: Dad inspired Jurassic Park; son decodes woolly mammoth genome. The +/- of #deextinction was dinner conversation

The Basques may not be who we think they are — The language families of Europe fall into a few broad categories. There are the Indo-European languages, which include the Romance, Germanic, Slavic and Celtic subgroups, along with Greek and Albanian. The Iranian languages and most of the languages of India are also Indo-European. Then there are the languages of Finland and Hungary, which are hypothesized ...

The Blockbuster Nor'easter as Seen From Space — As I'm writing this post, it's 11:30 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast and heavy snow has been falling from New York City all the way north to New Hampshire. More than 29 million people are under a blizzard warning. Weather bloggers, journalists, Tweeters, Instagramers, etc., are blanketing this storm with minute-by-minute updates.

Plants vs Everything — In December, I had the amazing opportunity to spend almost two weeks in the Peruvian Amazon to do research for a book I'm writing on venoms. The Amazon is home to some of the most notorious venomous animals on Earth. There's the bullet ant: an animal whose venom is so painful, it is said to be ...

Wild dolphins exchange names when they meet at sea. — It's been known for some time that captive dolphins can invent new vocalizations. Although such whistles may be harder for us to pronounce than names like "Flipper" or "Willy", they nonetheless serve many of the same purposes among porpoises. That's because dolphins make up new whistles that other dolphins then use to signal each whistle's inventor.

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The Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spotlights Vaccine-Averse Behavior And Generates Media Herd Narrative — I suppose you have heard about the recent Disneyland measles outbreak. The story is receiving wide coverage in the media, triggering a fresh wave of angst over the increasing reoccurrence of preventable diseases in the United States-and outrage over the small of percentage of parents who do not vaccinate their children.
Jan 26, 2015

Failure to vaccinate may not be the only factor driving measles/whooping cough outbreaks:… and…

Jan 25, 2015

Disneyland and other measles outbreaks in US can't be blamed entirely on "anti-vaxxers." Keith Kloor explains...

Jan 24, 2015

RT @ScPhile: Worth reading till the end: @keithkloor on the recent Disneyland measles outbreak and the resulting media coverage.…

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