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Lazy Sunday Video: Endangered species vs. humans

Balancing the needs of endangered species that can damage human property and the people that own the property is quite the trick — one that hasn’t exactly been figured out yet. Ranchers call the conservationists arrogant hippies, conservationists call the ranchers heartless and selfish. And as with so many of the battles in our species, it all comes...

Erasistratus on the nature of scientific inquiry

I am thankful for many things in my life and one of those is that, still in high school, I discovered not only one but two intellectual passions. One, as you know, is biology and the other is Latin and classical history. I struggled a bit in college because I felt like I was split in two, spending half of my time in classes for each, and never able...

Lazy Sunday Video: A tour de force through the history of life

Posting the lazy sunday video at 4pm: That means it’s an exceptionally lazy day! But it’s also an exceptional video — one of my favorites that I’ve seen on the whole of the internet. (Gasp!) Piecing together clips from dozens of science documentaries and specials overlaid with stunning music, the youtube user UppruniTegundanna starts out tracing the...

Zombie biology, Pt. 1: Richard Matheson’s bacterial symbiosis

This is the first post in a 5-part series on the biology of zombies. More info and links to other posts here. A little girl zombie eats her victim in Night of the Living Dead The rise of the zombie in pop culture is typically credited to George Romero’s ghouls from his Night of the Living Dead films, whose dead bodies reanimated with a taste for human...

Zombie Biology, Pt. 2: Zombie neuroscience

This is the second post in a 5-part series on the biology of zombies. More info and links to other posts here. Zombies in The Walking Dead When I watched the first episode of The Walking Dead series, based on the comic book series of the same name, I was stunned: “They can show this on TV?!” Apparently we now live in a society where it’s ok to show...

The Biology of Zombies

Night of the Living Dead (1968) I am that girl who is the least fun to watch movies with (or the most fun, I guess, depending on your idea of fun). I love science fiction and respect artists and writers who alter the science of our world to tell stories — but I’m still going to want to have that talk at the end that starts with, “But it wasn’t actually that...

I have not abandoned you.

Making promises, breaking promises.  Zombie biology week is on standby — but for good reason! I have had lovely friends flying from around the country to stay with me over the past couple weeks (and the coming weekend). As much as I was tempted to tell them, “thanks for flying out here, but … I have to blog, so see ya later,” I resisted. (Just kidding,...

3Quarks Daily Science Blogging Contest: Vote for someone!

Why write again what Jason has already written? Why write again what Bora has already written? “The great science blog 3 Quarks Daily has announced the voting for it’s third annual prize for the best science writing on blogs. Last year, the judge was Richard Dawkins. This year, once the voting by the public narrows down the choices, the finalists will...

Culturing Science is moving… to Scientific American!

Hello Friends, I’m pleased to announce that Culturing Science has a new home — the brand spanking new Scientific American blog network! It’s a lovely group with many of my favorite science bloggers and you can find us all in the same place. What does this mean for CS? Not much. I will post more because I am contractually obligated, but also because...

RSS link update

Hey guys, The RSS feed guys over at Sciam took the day off so our links were broken AND wrong. D’oh! Here’s the correct RSS feed link! Update your feeds, people. Thanks to all who sent me kind words throughout the day. I’m reenergized and ready to take back what’s mine — i.e. the internet. xo Hannah claimtoken-50be6b835a086

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