Tag Archive: biology


When Crocs Thrived in the Seas

While dinosaurs were dominating the land, the metriorhynchids were thriving in the seas. But taking that plunge wasn’t easy because it takes a very special set of traits to fully dedicate yourself to life at sea.

Pic of the Day – 8/5/21

This 3D rendering of a eukaryotic cell is modeled using data from X-ray, nuclear magnetic resonance, and cryo-electron microscopy. Though the researchers weren’t able to capture all of the cell’s complexity, it is an attempt to visualize the myriad systems involved in cellular life. This photo was part of a series that appeared in the “Images from Science 3” exhibition at Johns Hopkins this past Jan. 20 – March 20.
Image by Evan Ingersoll and Gael McGill
Digital illustraion by Digizyme Inc.

Destin of SmarterEveryDay was gobsmacked at this amazing display showing a live chicken embryo was at the Exploratorium in San Francisco:

No other placental mammal that we know of prefers one side of the body so consistently, not even our closest primate relatives. But being right-handed may have deep evolutionary roots in our lineage. And yet, being a leftie does seem to come with some unexpected advantages.

I loved that movie.

Debunking time.

The manchineel tree is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family. Its native range stretches from tropical southern North America to northern South America.

Doctor Mike says, “Caitlin Doughty is the creator behind the YouTube channel “Ask A Mortician” where she normalizes death and educates her audience about what happens after… well… you know. Being the brilliant mortician she is, I thought it would make a lot of sense for us to not react to a medical drama, but a death drama, so we watched HBO’s Six Feet Under. Despite my years of medical training and experience, there isn’t a lot I know about what happens to the human body after it dies, so Caitlin enlightened me to things such as what happens to prosthetics, the smells of a mortuary, and what happens to your various orifices.”

Ten Famous Human Oddities

There was a time when traveling circuses and freak shows were the preeminent form of entertainment of the day. Some people made a great living as human oddities, showing off their natural (and unnatural) bodies. Here are ten of the most famous.

Twins can be a lot more complicated than just identical or fraternal, and the rarer types of twins suggest that we have a lot more to learn about human development.

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