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Science

"Not New Scientist" is back

A few years ago I got bored one evening and coded a Twitter bot that generates New Scientist-headlines, as seen on Buzzfeed and featured on New Scientist itself. I do like New Scientist and I was just taking the piss out of the more sensationalist headlines. I realised that the funniest tweets were the...

The difference between homeobox and Hox genes

Update: This post is now the top result on Google for variations on “homeobox vs hox”. With “homeobox hox” alone it’s only beaten by the Wikipedia page for Hox genes. If I knew this would become such a popular post I would have put in more effort. It’s just a quick rant....

Palaeontology in evo-devo

I've always found palaeontology fascinating, probably due to my love of dinosaurs from an early age. These days I have a different appreciation of palaeontology because of the fact that development evolves. I've met several people who believe that evo-devo (evolutionary developmental biology) is all about genomics and has little to do with fossils...

Homology

I recently had a discussion where the word “homology” was thrown around very loosely by someone who should probably know better. Those who have at least heard of the word might think it has something do with things being similar. Those with an interest in biology, especially evolutionary biology, probably realise it’s more...

No, you can't fly over a rainbow

Today, many major news outlets published some genuinely beautiful images taken by Melissa Rensen. She was flying over the Caribbean sea and captured stunning images worthy of any desktop wallpaper, showing colours stretching across the ocean below her. The news outlets have decided that she “flew over a rainbow”. She definitely did not. Various...

How many times has a centralised nervous system evolved?

Neuroscience interests me because of the idea that an object (the human brain) is attempting to understand itself. For that same reason, I’m fascinated by the evolution and development of the central nervous system. Scientist’s brains are attempting to discover exactly how they came into existence. Our central nervous system obviously appeared...

Not New Scientist

I like New Scientist headlines. I think it’s hard to take some science topics and make them catch the eye and make sense for all potential readers. It’s a tough job to do well. New Scientist has kept me in stitches with hilarious headlines over the years. Some I really dislike, such...