Tag: evolution

What is Natural Selection?

There is another video in the wonderful collaboration between Stated Clearly and Bird and Moon comics! Also, amazingly, I seem to have posted the earlier video about Evolution over at Skepchick, but not here! Check […]

Lice on a Bird: Convergent Evolution in action!

A really nice example of how to communicate some fascinating evolutionary biology.  Illinois Natural History Survey ornithologist Kevin  Johnson describes his research on the history of feather lice.  Anyone who works with birds knows they […]

Teaching advice: what to do when a student loses it

Quite a few people, including PZ, have posted this video of a student completely loosing it in a classroom.  From the school paper: “Associate Professor Stephen M. Kajiura was reviewing with his evolution class in […]

Lord of the Ants

When I first heard the title of this television show, my first thought was that it would involve a dancing E. O. Wilson in tights. Sadly, no. Or, maybe that’s a good thing–you tell me.  […]

Leaping Cockroaches!

That’s not a quote from a Batman Episode; it’s a new species found in only one area in South Africa.  They were discovered by accident when two entomologists were sweep-netting a meadow.  BOHN, H., M. PICKER, […]

Hoppers, Hats, and Homology

An incredibly exciting paper came out in Nature last week about my favorite group of insects–the treehoppers, Membracidae. This group is instantly recognizable by their enlarged pronotum, or  thoracic shield. It’s usually big and strangely […]

Christian Identity: The scary religion you don’t know about

Sadly, Michigan is home to an awful lot of racist bastards with guns.  The Hutaree group arrested in May 2010 for stockpiling guns and explosives is a pretty good example.  Once again,  Americans were shooting […]

I cleaned my office….and found freaky sh!t.

Since, in THEORY, I will have a new job sometime this year (still looking), I thought this might be a good time to start trying to clean up my office.  I re-discovered a whole bunch […]

Bedbugs and Pesticide Resistance

I discovered that bed bug evolution–specifically resistance to pesticides–was also the subject of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center‘s podcast this month.  A FASCINATING interview with one of the grand old men of evolutionary genetics, James […]