Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's Darwin Day!

In light of the fact that Feb 12 is Darwin Day, I wrote a little poem about someone I think is pretty awesome:

There was once a man with a long beard
who noticed something a little weird.
Animals and plants over time would change,
especially when on the other side of an ocean or range.
He wrote a book about this, called "On The Origin of the Species",
and this theory helped explain why humans are different to chimps  (who occasionally throw faeces).
His science got some people into a tizzy, and made churchgoers and creationists dizzy. 
But no-one can deny Darwin's contribution to biology
And many biologists are grateful he never ended up joining the clergy.
Happy Darwin Day Everyone!

Be sure to celebrate all things biological and evolved and to appreciate the diversity that exists on this little blue planet of ours.

And as an added bonus, here's a picture of the man with the epic beard who changed biology forever:

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Short Attention Span Segment #9

The first quick-links segment for 2013:

1. What do exploding bubbles filled with hydrogen look like in slow motion? Turns out they look really cool: Exploding hydrogen bubbles

2. Zombies are the next big thing, which is good because I always preferred zombies to angsty vampires."Warm bodies" the zombie romance novel by Isaac Marion, is now a movie, and it looks like it could be a solid piece of entertainment.  It also has John Malkovich starring which is a nice bonus: Warm Bodies Trailer

3. Photography and science meet to show you the amazing diversity in "One Cubic Foot". However, the choices we humans make to grow monocultures and the danger it poses to biodiversity, even in  small slice of the environment: The One Cubic Foot Project

4. Skin and hair are amazing: 50 Incredible Facts about Skin and Hair

5.  What happens when Ricky Gervais and Richard Dawkins get together? This (and it's pretty great).