World’s Strangest

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DNA Proposal

What do wanna bet these two met at work? A biologist wanted to propose to his girlfriend, who is also a biologist. He asked her to image his electrophoresis gel, (wink wink) if you know what I mean. But it was a special mixture of DNA fragments he cooked up just for the occasion. They’re 5 [...]

Painting with Penicillin

In 1928, British biologist Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic properties of penicillin. That discovery has led to millions of human lives saved. But to Fleming, penicillin was more than a biological wonder. It was also an artistic medium: He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, where he created amateurish watercolors. Less well known is [...]

A Biologist’s Mother’s Day Song

(YouTube link) YouTube user and “Science Bard” cadamole wrote this tribute to Mom from biologist’s point of view. I enjoyed the song, despite the fact that I didn’t give any of that stuff to my children. -via The Desonestro Doctrine

Scientists Create All-Female Species of Lizard

Who needs males when you have parthenogenesis? With a little help from science, biologist Peter Baumann and collagues have created an all-female lizard species: Researchers have bred a new species of all-female lizard, mimicking a process that has happened naturally in the past but has never been directly observed. “It’s recreating the events that lead to new [...]

Bomb-detecting Plants

What if you could train plants for national security? A biologist at Colorado State University working with the Department of Defense is doing just that. Genetic engineering is making plants react to threats they never encountered in nature -for human benefit. Picture this at an airport, perhaps in as soon as four years: A terrorist rolls [...]

Fish May Not Have Evolved Gills to Breathe

Peter Rombough, a biologist at Brandon University in Canada, has conducted a study on the functions of fish gills. He concludes that although gills may allow a fish to breathe, that might not be the original reason why they evolved: In order to keep from shriveling like your fingers in the bathtub, fish must constantly exchange [...]

"Angels unable to fly" say scientists

A leading biologist has stated that the angels, fairies and other winged sprites of nativity and folklore are anatomically flawed and would never …

Four Things EVERYONE Needs to Know about Sharks

Marine biologist and blogger “WhySharksMatter” has created a list of four things everyone needs to know about sharks. Full of  thought-provoking facts and cool pictures of sharks, this post will be interesting to the ocean lover in all of us. “Human beings are better off with sharks than we are without sharks, and we are in [...]