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I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (4 July 2015)

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Sign up for The Ed's Up -a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. Top picks "Once that fluid had been a mortal danger; now it was a valuable commodity."

Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — The oceans are full of eyes. Giant squid scan the depths with the world's largest ones, which are oddly similar to those of the sperm whales that hunt them. Mantis shrimps watch for prey using eyes that work like satellites.

Hot Wild Dragons Set Sex Through Temperature Not Genes

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — At room temperature, a bearded dragon's sex depends on two chromosomes. If they have two Z chromosomes, these lizards develop as males. Those with a Z and a W become females. But raise the thermostat up a few notches, and something different happens.

Three groups of fish are actually the males, females and larvae of one family

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Whalefishes, bignoses and tapetails - these three groups of deep-sea fishes couldn't look more different. The whalefishes (Cetomimidae) have whale-shaped bodies with disproportionately large mouths, tiny eyes, no scales and furrowed lateral lines - narrow organs on a fish's flanks that allow it to sense water pressure.

Scientists Finally Decide Which Bit of This Weird Animal is the Head

By Ed Yong
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — In 1977, British palaeontologist Simon Conway-Morris discovered the fossil of a truly weird animal, which he named Hallucigenia because of its "bizarre and dream-like quality". He wasn't kidding. The creature was so strange that it took fourteen years for scientists to work out which way up it stood.

Pregnant male pipefish abort babies from unattractive females

By Ed Yong
scienceblogs.com — For most men, the thought of taking on the burden of pregnancy from their partners would seem like a nightmare, but it's all part and parcel of seahorse life. After mating, female seahorses and pipefish lay their eggs into a special pouch in the male's belly and he carries the developing babies to term.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (20 June 2015)

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Sign up for The Ed's Up -a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. Top picks Hazing Ravens With Lasers: A Humane Way to Save Baby Tortoises?" By Chris Clarke. The genome of Kennewick Man rekindles a legal feud- coverage from Carl Zimmer and Ewen Callaway.

Baboon-Trackers Herald New Age of Animal Behaviour Research

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Picture a troop of olive baboons, moving over the savannah. There's around fifty of them, and they cover a lot of ground as they search for grass, seeds, insects, and other bits of food. They need to stick together so they don't get eaten, but different animals might want to head in different directions at any one time.

The Distributed Brainpower of Social Insects

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Here's David Attenborough, chilling out on a rock in the middle of Africa, with four lumps of plasticine. The smallest one on the far left represents the brain of a bushbaby, a small primate that lives on its own. The next one is the brain of a colobus monkey, which lives in groups of 15 or so.

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (13 June 2015)

phenomena.nationalgeographic.com — Sign up for The Ed's Up -a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. Top picks Meanwhile in the Future is an awesome podcast by Rose Eveleth, which combines science, science-fiction, radio drama, and fun speculation. I recommend it.
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Jul 05, 2015

@jetjocko @pomeranian99 @BWJones "Horizontal Gene Transfer and What Do You Mean They Cut the Power They're Animals Man"

Jul 05, 2015

Today I learned that Archie vs Predator is a comic book that exists.

Jul 05, 2015

"America, climate change is happening." Meh. "Put peas in guac." THIS MEANS WAR, EVERYONE TO YOUR STATIONS, THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD.

Jul 05, 2015

@NYCuratrix @pomeranian99 Okay what if I revised that to "no colonial parasitoids", which is what the xenomorphs are?

Jul 05, 2015

@pomeranian99 The queen's the weird bit. Plenty of parasites with convoluted life cycles but none are colonial.

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