Usually new species are formed gradually, slowly, with the right conditions and mood lighting.
Roughly 17,000 new species are found every year.
But recently we have “discovered” a new species of lizard that speciated rapidly and under unprecedented conditions.
Read about it over at The New York Times.
Although cats indisputably rule the internet, dogs have been rocking the genomic world for quite some time.
A group of dedicated cat genomic enthusiasts recently met in San Diego to discuss moving forward on feline genomics. Read all about it over at Nature.
All of the contributors here at NiB are at a not permanent point in their career. Some are finishing their PhD, some wrapping up post docs, but all of us are on some level thinking about the next step.
And as such, I am considering the perpetual question, should I stay in academia or leave and go to industry?
The biggest problem is that I don’t know what industry looks like, and most of the information I hear about the differences are rumors. So this article, where a STEM PhD compares his own experiences in industry vs. academia, is really enlightening.
As a scientist I often get questions about new and exciting science in the news! Sadly most of this isn’t new… and the excitement is false.
But answering the questions, and better informing the public is worth it.
The anti-vaccine movement really bothers me, and people saying “vaccines cause autism, you can’t prove it doesn’t!”… sigh.
Luckily I stumbled across this amazing cartoon that answers every question you could ever have about vaccines.
There is a long history of organisms evolving to look similar to toxic/poisonous organisms. For example, there are a plentiful number of butterflies that resemble the very toxic monarch butterfly.
But this is a new one for me: Chicks of the cinereous mourner has plumage that looks exactly like the caterpillar. It even moves the way the caterpillar moves! Check out this article over at National Geographic.
Or just watch this cute little caterpillar:
And the bird that wants to look just like them:
While we all take a quick break for the holidays, we wanted to share this excellent fungal Christmas Tree!
One of the co-founders of the structure of the DNA, James Watson, is selling his Nobel Prize medallion.
And since he’s bringing himself back into the media spotlight, an article at slate reminds us all of some of his verbal gems.:
“Whenever you interview fat people you feel bad, because you know you’re not going to hire them.”
When speaking about women in science, “I think having all these women around makes it more fun for the men but they’re probably less effective.”
What else did the resident bad grandpa of science say recently? Read more here.