Great Scientists: Gregor Mendel
He was a lonely monk.
On the heels of this post detailing the adorable story of the hedgehog gene, here’s some more of my favorite silly gene names, and the mutant reasons their redonkulous names:
I think these would make an excellent art project, all you artistically-and-scientifically inclined people out there. Any of your favorites that I missed?
It’s also important to remember that when you’re playing with the queen of hearts, the joker ain’t the only fool that’ll do anything for you.
Celebrate Cosmos returning to TV by looking back at this lost episode of Carl Sagan’s original.
This pork volcano … tell me more. We are all made of star stuff, and bacon.
Biologists are jerks.
Our sense of humor is infectious.
This post grows on you.
This person is a real comedy pro… karyote.
When it comes to keeping our bodies free of dangerous toxins, keeping our food safe, and living in harmony with the environment (whatever that may mean?), there’s plenty to keep an eye out for. But be careful. There’s a fine line between public health and chemical fear-mongering.
Actually, it’s not that fine of a line. Big, complicated chemical names can look scary, and there are a lot of people out there ready to take advantage of that fact. This is where basic education can help, so people can learn that chemicals, per se, are nothing to fear. Because … well, everything is made of them.
Just look how far some people take it:
If you’ve got chemical-free kids, all I can say is wow. What ARE they made of then?
Reminds me of the hilarious efforts to ban dihydrogen monoxide.
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