Archive for the ‘science’ Category


How to do open brain surgery without impairing the patient’s banjo-playing abilities.

October 15, 2008

Banjo Used in Brain Surgery” per the BBC.


“If you had six legs, where would your ass be?”

October 6, 2008

Nick Park and Creature Comforts weigh in on the origin of life.

Direct YT link


Extant Anomolacaris look-alike.

September 26, 2008

Image links to plate in a Flickr stream, but check out the Bibliodyssey post.

Water bears: even more badass than you thought.

September 9, 2008

They were sent into space and exposed to the cold, the vacuum, the unfiltered cosmic and solar radiations, and they not only survived but upon return reproduced at the same rate as a control group.

Primary source, probably behind a paywall.

Wired’s article.



Rideable Jules Verne-inspired robots.

August 26, 2008

Les Machines de l’ile: Official site (in French), Wikipedia,  two Flickr sets 1, 2.

My runaway favorite is the crab larva.



Arachnologist on teevee

August 7, 2008

Jason Bond named a spider after Stephen Colbert, precipitating his Warholian quarter-hour.  Here’s a  link to the video at Comedy Central dot com.


Brian May is smrtr than an average rock star.

August 6, 2008

Brian May has published his thesis, which is nice, but he’s also apparently become an administrator, which is baffling.