Science on the Internet: 04/29/2010 [Links]
I read, on average, 500 posts from over 180 blogs every single day. Might as well share some of my findings with you!
- AMAZING gallery of old-school science education models over at LIFE
- The New Scientist covers a hypothesis about the origin of life on earth: that the RNA code we have now exists in its form due to natural affinities between nucleotides and amino acids. Essentially, this means that once all the pieces were floating around, life was inevitable.
- Fascinating slideshow over at BBC on research about cuckoos, the famous nest parasites which lay their eggs in others birds’ nests to avoid parental duties. Scientists have been studying how frequently-parasited species have adapted their egg patterns to help distinguish cuckoo eggs from their own.
- At The Voltage Gate, Jennifer writes about the current state of plastics in our environment, and how the “green” movement isn’t working too hard to stop this.
- Will lifestyle choices you make effect your grandchildren epigenetically? The details of a NOVA documentary on this question are over at Genes to Brains to Mind to Me.
- The Insane Clown Posse recently doubted scientists in their song “Miracles,” specifically in the lyrics: “Fucking magnets, how do they work? / I don’t want to talk to a scientist!” The resident physicist, Jim, over at Ghost Island gives an explanations of how magnets fucking work!
- Cryptozoologists must mourn the discovery that the supposed 3-foot earthworm, Palouse, is less than a foot long. Tear. Covered on 80beats.