Month: November 2019

  • There are some new awesome tiles! (On the shallowness of modern era)

    I was sitting today with friends for a coffee. Under the beautiful Greek sun, the discussion at some point turned towards the soul of man, the debate whether humans are animals, Darwin, the theory of evolution et cetera. We were discussing these very interesting topics for some minutes only when… New friends came over. They […]

  • Keeping on finding problems… Squirrels dying…

    Why do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever. (1) Stop thinking for a minute. Imagine […]

  • The last white rhino…

    Rhino embryos made in lab to save nearly extinct subspecies. The development is an early step toward the much more distant goal of resurrecting the northern white rhinoceros, whose last male died this year. (1) Being the last of your kind. A sad moment. A lonely moment. Those eyes. Full of lust for life. In […]

  • Deadly life…

    A once-maligned genetic parasite may actually be essential for survival. Mouse embryos need that genetic freeloader — a type of jumping gene causing mutations, or transposon, called LINE-1 — to continue developing past the two-cell stage, researchers reported in Cell. Transposons certainly can hop into and break genes, and cells deploy numerous tools to prevent […]

  • Longing for experience…

    Opportunities for people to interact with nature have declined over the past century, as many now live in urban areas and spend much of their time indoors. Conservation attitudes and behaviors largely depend on experiences with nature, and this ‘extinction of experience’ (EOE) is a threat to biodiversity conservation. Researchers now propose that citizen science, […]