Bees: still not doing well. Photo by net_efekt.
- This week at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! The evolutionary origins of polar bears.
- Fanning the flames. How industry lobbying has created regulations that made flame retardants ubiquitous in American home, even though the chemicals are hazardous, and don’t actually prevent fires.
- There’s a TREE paper somewhere in this blog post. The distinction between genes and environments is not as sharp as you might think.
- Nanotubes—in—space! A new drug delivery method developed by NASA will help more than astronauts.
- Good point, actually. Without randomized controlled trials, how do we know that parachutes work?
- It’s networking, not self-promotion. Why scientists are (still) suspicious of blogging, and why they shouldn’t be.
- And we still don’t know everything responsible. Honeybees are still in trouble.
- Omigod you guys, we’re surrounded by chemicals! The many things Nick Kristof’s crusade against “chemicals” gets wrong.
- Also, kinda gross. These caterpillars may have the prettiest anti-predator defense ever.
- And by “coexisted with,” I mean “eaten.” A giant prehistoric crocodile could’ve coexisted with early humans.
- As anyone who’s been computer-matched to a college roommate could tell you. “Scientific” dating services aren’t actually very good at match-making.
- Teeny-tiny transmitters! To track orchid-visiting bees.