A rough-skinned newt. Photo by matt knoth.
Don’t forget—Diversity in Science carnival contributions are due Monday!
- I missed this year’s Evolution Meetings in Norman, Oklahoma—but they were the best-Tweeted iteration of the conference yet.
- I’ll have mine scrambled, with the nightshade salad on the side. From those very same meetings, Carl Zimmer reports that neurotoxic newts lay poisonous eggs, too.
- Back off, Kevin Bacon. There’s good evidence that humans have magnetic sensors in our eyes—but can we use them?
- Zombie ladybug bodyguard. A parasitoid wasp preys on ladybugs, then induces them to protect its caterpillar, not unlike Cotesia glomerata.
- The clone that grows together… Artificial selection can induce single-celled yeast to evolve multicellularity.
- Coming out of the dungeon. Scicurious and Krystal D’Costa exchange thoughts on geeks’ place in contemporary culture.
- Not given lightly. When, and when not, to give someone post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV.
- In case you missed it. I snuck an explanation of mutation-selection-drift balance into a big gay blog post; PZ Myers pointed out some things I missed.
And finally, a video sent to me by Dave Giordano, describing field studies of nesting behavior in tropical birds.