- Jezebel’s Abridged History of the Human Embryo is fascinating. Did you know that the classic anti-choice fetus photo was staged with a dead fetus? And that abortion was common and accepted pre-Enlightenment?
- Bora explores the potential biology behind the Great Cilantro Divide – the chasm between people who love it and people who think it tastes like nasty soap. Also check out NPR’s take on cilantro haters – they might be missing the ability to detect the yummy fresh taste.
- Southern Fried Scientist has a great post on the evolution of snake and platypus venom. (Yes, platypus are venomous!) Why are the toxins so similar when the animals are so distant?
- Compare 2009 Manhattan to 1609 Mannahatta. It’s easy to forget that NYC was surrounded by spectacular oyster beds and salmon runs, and had better soil and a far milder climate than Boston. The Indians and the Dutch knew what they were doing.
- Cephalopod Tea Party is giving away cephalopod-swag! To enter their raffle, just tell them about your favorite cephalopod, mention them in your blog, or draw them a cephalopod picture. Yes, this is my entry into their contest – I want the cute lil octonecklace!