Ya-har maties, two seafaring stories this week. Also, profiles of two biologists whose work spans centuries, continents and subdisciplines but is linked by the immense insight each gives to the mechanisms of evolution. How Darwin would have loved meeting them! Oh, and hobbits. What’s not to love?


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A fossil

Again with the swirliness! But it’s not a summer repeat of the edrioasteroid. What, then, is it? If you think you know the answer, write it on a postcard or a scanning superconducting quantum interference device microscope—you can never have too many, right?—and mail it to NCSE, 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Oakland CA 94612. Or just leave a comment below.

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have been wondering where I disappeared to recently. Was I off on another maternity leave? Traveling the world? Silently moping in my office? Actually no, I’ve been working with our web developers on the new website you see here today.

How did I end up entangled with the website? Isn’t my specialty climate change? Well it is, but it turns out I have hidden skills—and one of them is working with websites. I owe it all to internships.

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