Lots ‘o’ Links: Thesis and Spring Break Edition February 7-March 14 2014

Genetics, Disease and Medicine

The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew)

Your Genetic Privacy is Probably a Lost Cause‘.

Syphilis: A Love Story‘.

Did the Vitruvian Man have a hernia?

Everything You Need To Know About Uterus Transplants‘.

Are Men the Weaker Sex?

Electric heart socks‘ can teach us about heart attacks and heart disease.

Prosthetic arm for drummers.

Some of my favorite bone diseases: porotic hyperostosis and cribra orbitalia.

How do the blind dream?

Genetic engineering could save the American chestnut.

Bye-bye banana.


You wouldn’t want to mess with Dimetrodon.

Dinosaur pee. Enough said.

Science art: Neanderthals probably didn’t look all that different from us.

My favorite use of Google Glass: follow a paleontologist into the field!

Canada has another vast Cambrian fossil bed.

So many cool fossil are found during construction: here’s a new tusk!

Notes from the 10th North American Paleontological Convention.

An ancient whale graveyard.


Mary Anning’s Revenge wraps up 14 Days of Genitals (NSFW): the baculum, marsupial reproduction, porcupine mating, hippo mating rituals, water strider mating, newt orgies, otters can be pretty scary.

What’s in John’s Freezer 7 Days of Freezermas (NSFW): mystery CT slice, ostrich dissection, a bag of cats, trim your hooves, pig feet are weird, ostrich x-rays, mystery dissection.

Keep up with the Mammal March Madness on Twitter (#2014MMM) and on Storify: wild card battle, round 1 of social mammals, marine mammals, weird mammals, fossil mammals.

New cat species found in Nepal.

Rewriting the death of a giraffe. Another. And another.

Why Stinky Animals Live Alone‘.

How do porcupines mate?

Three more marsupials with suicidal sex habits found in Australia.

Did you know you can count whales from space?

There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written‘.

How do you euthanize a whale?

Gnus are cool.

Hummingbird nests are alive?

The first kakapo chick in three years recently hatched.

New crocodilian species discovered in Africa.

Some crocodilians can climb trees.

Orange, cave-dwelling crocodiles!

New World crocodiles.

Monitor lizards are some of my favorites.

The frog with the spiky, stab-y mustache.

Photosynthetic salamanders!

Octopus can change both color and texture.

Apparently spiders aren’t out to get me.

A new beetle species named after Darwin and David Sedaris might already be extinct.

Jewel wasps make zombie cockroaches.

10 Facts about Giant-Skipper butterflies.


More from the Rising Star Expedition.

What happens to bodies after they have been donated to science?

What neck rings do to the body.

‘Making a Baby the Not-At-All Old-Fashioned Way: I had a stranger’s DNA injected into me‘.

A facial reconstruction of the Crystal Skull vodka bottle.

The Olympics

The National Science Foundation has 7 videos on the science of the Olympics.

This is the first Winter Olympics to include women’s ski jumping because it was thought that it would damage their uterus and ovaries.

Luge is hard, but fun.

Curling ice is different from normal ice.

Making artificial snow in Sochi.

Weather and Climate

What is the polar vortex?

Watch the Great Lakes freeze over. Ice cover was as high as 92%!

Here’s a time lapse of the Great Lakes freezing over.

Global warming has not paused.

This winter has had terrible storms and they look amazing from space.

Thundersnow and snownadoes.

Except for in the eastern United States, January was one of the warmest on record.

The drought in California is a very big deal.

The heatwave in Australia was too much for flying foxes.

How do plants deal with climate change?

Forests are edging out mountain meadows.

Louisiana’s Coastline Is Disappearing Too Quickly for Mappers to Keep Up‘.

Climate change and Genghis Khan.


Mars is going to mess up our bodies.

Have you heard of International Dark Sky Parks?

A review of the new Cosmos. (It was pretty great)

Geeky grab-bag

I Use Music to Make Better Spider Silk‘.

The Terminator time signature.

Overwintering Monarch Butterflies from Bug Bytes.

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