Denim and Tweed
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This week, at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! Tracing the origins of the fungus among us.Yay! Charges against DIY chemist Kiera Wilmot have been dropped, and she's going to space camp.Wow: "75 percent of all tornadoes on Earth occur in North America." For the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma this week, some meteorlogical context.Yum! Acacias ensure that no one steals the food rewards provided for mutualistic ants by making poisonous food rewards.Good enough is good enough. The magic of […]
Congratulations! To the winners of the first ScienceSeeker Awards.It was only logical. How DNA barcoding may be making (one of) the capabilities of Mr. Spock's tricorder a reality.I'm shocked. Shocked! Pest control company distributes guide to "USA spiders" including species not found in the U.S., misinformation about toxicity.For a given value of "fame." Towards a mechanistic theory of fame in science.Perspective. Why barns are traditionally painted red, in the most ultimate sense.Cool. Land […]
Almost exactly six months after the election in which Minnesotans decided they didn't want their state constitution to ban the legal recognition of same-sex relationships, their elected representatives provided that very recognition. Last Thursday the state House passed a bill allowing the state to recognize same-sex couples in all the same ways it recognizes straight couples; today the Senate passed it, too; and tomorrow Governor Dayton will sign it into law. It's almost exactly two […]
In which I take a crack at social science. I'm collaborating on a survey of queer folks working in STEM fields! Have you taken it yet?Which history goes back farther than you knew. A historical perspective on colony collapse disorder in bees.Chicken, egg? When Republican voters understand climate science, they want someone to do something about climate change.Not even the real-world-possible version from 2001. Why the International Space Station doesn't have artificial gravity.Holy poop! […]
Via Slate's Brow Beat blog, and just in time for graduation season, David Foster Wallace's perennially apt commencement address has been adapted into a video.1And, lest you think that this only applies to all those bright-eyed twenty-year-olds in the silly hats, see also.◼1 There are actual, onscreen footnotes, even though I'm pretty sure the original didn't have any, but I guess they're there because, DFW.
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