Remarkable Fossil Sea Creature - 525 Million Years... →
From Science Daily: Researchers from China, Leicester and Oxford have discovered a remarkable fossil which sheds new light on an important group of primitive sea creatures. The 525-million-year-old fossil belongs to a group of tentacle-bearing creatures which lived inside hard tubes. Previously only the tubes have been seen in detail but this new specimen clearly shows the soft parts of the body...
Universal Property of Music Discovered →
From Science Daily: Researchers at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam have discovered a universal property of musical scales. Until now it was assumed that the only thing scales throughout the world have in common is the octave. The many hundreds of scales, however, seem to possess a deeper commonality: if their tones are compared in a two-...
A Steady Lengthening of Days →
Winter is on its way out for certain. A Clockwork Naturalist chooses to celebrate this fact with a warm and sunny playlist, featuring music by The Decemberists, Lavender Diamond, Laura Veirs, Ryan Bingham, Andrew Bird, Eels, Neko Case, Pelle Carlberg, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, and many, many more. Have your own playlist for this time of year? Why not share it?
New Microscope Decodes Complex Eye Circuitry →
From Science Daily: …Using a novel microscopy method developed at the Institute, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg have now discovered that the distribution of the synapses between ganglion cells and interneurons follows highly specific rules. Only those dendrites that extend from the cell body of the amacrine cell in a direction opposite to the...
Chilly Times for Chinese Dinosaurs →
From Science Daily: …New findings show that during part of the Early Cretaceous, north-east China had a temperate climate with harsh winters. They explain the abundance of feathered dinosaurs in fossil deposits of that period. [full story]
Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant →
From BBC News Asia-Pacific: A massive explosion has struck a Japanese nuclear power plant after Friday’s devastating earthquake. A huge pall of smoke was seen coming from the plant at Fukushima and several workers were injured. Japanese officials fear a meltdown at one of the plant’s reactors after radioactive material was detected outside it. A huge relief operation is under...
NASA Study Goes to Earth's Core for Climate... →
From Science Daily: The latest evidence of the dominant role humans play in changing Earth’s climate comes not from observations of Earth’s ocean, atmosphere or land surface, but from deep within its molten core. …The researchers found that the uncorrected temperature data correlated strongly with data on movements of Earth’s core and Earth’s length of day until...
New Microscope Produces Dazzling 3-D Movies of... →
From Science Daily: A new microscope invented by scientists at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus will let researchers use an exquisitely thin sheet of light — similar to that used in supermarket bar-code scanners — to peer inside single living cells, revealing the three-dimensional shapes of cellular landmarks in unprecedented detail. The microscopy...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-3-6) →
DeVotchKa (40) Alan Menken (13) Flight of the Conchords (11) Neil Patrick Harris (4) Felicia Day (2) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Science News: news-in-brief biology rundown →
Scroll down for bonus horrifying plant news! Science News, web edition, story rundown: 01. Bats pickier about dinner than previously thought. 02. Leashing dogs has minimal impact on wild carnivore populations in northern California. 03. Proposed fossilized dinosaur heart actually just a clump of sand. 04. Sedentary and active worms evolutionarily distinct. 05. Want to reduce the spread of cane...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-2-27) →
Polaris (24) The Pine Hill Haints (20) DeVotchKa (12) The Decemberists (11) Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers (9) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz