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Mistletoe: The Evolution of a Christmas Tradition

Why do we take a parasitic weed, one that is rather difficult to gather, and hang it in the house so people can kiss underneath? That’s a rather weird tradition when you think abut it. Smithsonian tells several old tales of why we do this, but the real story of how mistletoe evolved from sandalwood [...]

The Late Movies: Geeky Tributes!

Geeks, nerds and dorks attend! Tonight for The Late Movies are a spattering of geeky tributes for your enjoyment. Know of a few others? Leave them in the comments section. Leading off tonight, is “Hail To The Geek” by Deaf Pedestrians. To the tune of “Hey There Delilah,” here is a tribute to everyone’s favorite former-CIA-turned-Phoenix-Foundation-Uber-Geek, MacGyver. Here’s [...]

Evolution of Gamers

The Evolution of Gamers – $14.95 If Darwin were alive, he’d probably lament that thousands of years of evolution can quickly be undone (de-evolved?) by just a few hours of videogaming. In this T-shirt design, Neatoramanaut Mike Jacobsen poked fun at the “Evolution of Gamers”: Link More Mike Jacobsen T-shirts at the NeatoShop | More Gifts for [...]

The World’s 8 Weirdest National Holidays

Whether it means a day off or just an excuse to celebrate, Americans love holidays, even preposterous ones such as National Miniature Golf Day, but we’re not the only ones. The world is full of weird holidays and I, for one, am eager to join in the celebration. If we unify the Earth, maybe we [...]

Mighty Microbes: 4 Little Creatures that Pack a Big Scientific Punch

By Maggie Koerth-Baker Economists do it with spreadsheets and charts. Architects favor balsa wood. But when a biologist needs a model, it’s gotta be alive. Here’s to the tiny critters that have inched our world forward, one microscopic step at a time. Big Name: Shewanella oneidensis Why It Deserves a TV Special: Shewanella can go without air longer [...]

Giant Spider Web

Three years ago, Alex linked to a story about a spider web that was 200 yards wide. It was made by many spiders sharing the same web. Scientists recently discovered a spider in Madagascar that can individually create a web 80 feet across. It’s called the Darwin’s bark spider, and makes the largest orb-type spider [...]

World’s largest spider webs discovered

A newly discovered species of spider in Madagascar has been found to spin the world’s largest spider webs. The Darwin’s bark spider spins webs as larg…

2009 Darwin Awards

The Darwin Awards for 2009 have been announced. These annual awards recognize “those who improve our gene pool… by removing themselves from it.” All the awards are posthumous. The winners for 2009 are a pair of bank robbers in Belgium. The city of Dinant is the backdrop for this rare Double Darwin Award. Two bankrobbers attempting [...]

Rare Darwin Book Found In The Loo

A first edition of Charles Darwin’s “On The Origin of Species” was discovered on a bookshelf in the guest bathroom of a house in southern England. Only 1,250 of the books were printed when the book was first released in 1859. Leaving aside the thought that Darwin is not what one generally thinks of in [...]

Vatican: Aliens May Be Free From Original Sin

Earlier this year the Vatican issued a statement acknowledging that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian theology. Now the Vatican’s chief astronomer has postulated that extraterrestrial life is possible. Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astronomer, Father Gabriel Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space. Father Funes, director of [...]