This sculpture, by artist Andrew Kharkevich, sits near Russia's Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, Russia's third most populous city and the most populous city in Siberia. The sculpture is meant to commemorate lab animals who have been killed as part of our ongoing attempts to understand the nature and workings of DNA. It reminds me a bit of Mrs. Frisby. Which might be intentional, who knows.
The Institute, however, is popularly associated with a very different animal — the silver fox. This is the place where Russian researchers instituted a breeding program, now more than 50 years old, aimed at creating a domesticated animal, similar to a dog, from the previously wild fox. The animals have been sold as pets in a scheme to help fund the Institute, but the main purpose was to investigate the physiology of domestication — what made some wild animals more tame than others and how their offspring changed in comparison to wild cousins.
James Delingpole is an invective-hurling anti-climate science columnist who has candidly admitted that he doesn’t bother to read scientific papers, calling himself a “an interpreter of interpretations.”
Kratom (previously) is a widely used herb that has been very effective in treating opioid withdrawal and other chronic, hard-to-treat conditions — it also became very controversial this year because the DEA decided, without evidence, to class it as a dangerous drug, and then changed its mind (unprecedented!) after a mass-scale petition that included interventions […]
In a curious study, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles showed that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) — altering brain activity by zapping specific regions with magnetic pulses — can apparently increase people’s libido, at least briefly. Neuroscientist Nicole Prause and her colleagues targeted the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (at the left temple), a […]
The Pocket Tripod PRO had massive Kickstarter success in 2013, raising almost $85,000 in a single month. But this isn’t just another case of pre-release product hype. This ingenious little device folds out from a credit-card-shaped plastic slab into a sturdy stand with a surprisingly wide range of motion. In portrait orientation, your phone slides […]
Loot Crate is a totally different kind of subscription service that mails subscribers monthly boxes filled with curated geek, pop culture, and gamer paraphernalia. Its cult following awaits a box every month filled with everything from bobble heads to T-shirts to special edition collectibles. But nothing gets Loot Crate fans as excited as the limited […]
The ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod is a smartphone tripod that is designed with flexible legs to rest on virtually any type of surface. Other tripods have proved useless unless I conveniently have a flat surface in front of me, which is why this particular tripod was appealing enough to try out. The ARMOR-X is compact and easy […]