Posted on January 20, 2015 * Comments

Huxley in a dunce cap“How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!” was Thomas Henry Huxley’s reflection on reading Darwin’s Origin of Species. What might elicit such a reaction from a contemporary biologist? Today the question is answered by David W. Deamer.

Posted on January 19, 2015 * Comments

If you have been reading my posts for a while now, this will come as no surprise: I like order. I am the girl who puts away markers and crayons in rainbow order, who always keeps her money in descending order by denomination, who organizes books on the bookshelf in order of decreasing size…well, you get the idea. So you’d think that I’d love Linnaeus, right? He was all about order…and class, phylum, kingdom, species, genus, and family! It’s all so neat and tidy. Or it would be if it worked—but it doesn’t really.

Posted on January 15, 2015 * Comments

Huxley in a dunce cap“How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!” was Thomas Henry Huxley’s reflection on reading Darwin’s Origin of Species. What might elicit such a reaction from a contemporary biologist? Today the question is answered by David P. Mindell.

Posted on January 14, 2015 * Comments


Jimmy Emerson, DVM

Yesterday, Josh Rosenau warned about a state board of education hearing in West Virginia, and our hopes that the board would reverse a series of climate change-distorting revisions added late last month.

Posted on January 13, 2015 * Comments

For the last few weeks, we’ve been tracking West Virginia’s flirtation with climate change denial in science standards.

Posted on January 13, 2015 * Comments

Huxley in a dunce cap“How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!” was Thomas Henry Huxley’s reflection on reading Darwin’s Origin of Species. What might elicit such a reaction from a contemporary biologist? Today the question is answered by Rudolf Raff, Distinguished Professor and James H. Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University.

Posted on January 13, 2015 * Comments

Huxley in a dunce capIn his essay “On the Reception of the ‘Origin of Species,’” which was published in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887), Thomas Henry Huxley famously commented on how he himself received it: “My reflection, when I first made myself master of the central idea of the ‘Origin,’ was, ‘How extremely stupid not to have thought of that!’”

Posted on January 12, 2015 * Comments
Rafters ponder their fate at Lava FallsRafters ponder their doom before rafting Lava Falls
Posted on January 12, 2015 * Comments

Okay, people, we’re getting back to the basics. After my (frankly) exhausting exasperation with Nicholas Wade, I need a palette cleanser. So what’s the most basic misconception I have on my to-do list? This one:

Misconception: Weather and climate are the same thing.

Correction: Weather and climate are related, but different, things.