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For Bio-Hackers, Lab Work Often Begins at Home

For Bio-Hackers, Lab Work Often Begins at Home | AP Biology | Scoop.it

Hobbyists, dabbling in fields like genetics, are part of a movement called do-it-yourself biology, or DIYbio.  Just like Darwin used to do!  Now if only they'd call themselves sciencers...

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Before the Genes Jumped, 1930s | The Scientist

Before the Genes Jumped, 1930s | The Scientist | AP Biology | Scoop.it

Interesting, if short, piece on Barbara McClintock's early work and views on SCIENCE! (and Nazi Germany).

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Small Spiders Have Big Brains That Spill Into Their Legs

Small Spiders Have Big Brains That Spill Into Their Legs | AP Biology | Scoop.it
Tiny spiders have such huge brains for their body sizes that the organs can spill into the animals' body cavities, a new study shows.
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On the Origin of Birds | The Scientist

On the Origin of Birds | The Scientist | AP Biology | Scoop.it

This year OOPS I MEAN LAST YEAR marked the 150th anniversary of the discover of one of the most iconic dinosaur fossils of all time: Archaeopteryx. Unearthed in 1861 in southern Germany, it has long been considered the missing link between dinosaurs and birds. But the discovery of a new bird-like dinosaur, Xiaotingia zhengi, in China threatens to dethrone Archaeopteryx as the most primitive of birds. Read more by clicking the title of this post, and Happy New Year!

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Cane Toad Carnage

Cane Toad Carnage | AP Biology | Scoop.it

As if these grotesquely huge, toxic, invasive toads weren't bad enough, here's evidence that their tadpoles release chemical that kills competitors.  I feel like heading to Australia with a shotgun.

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Black Marble Jawfish Mimics Octopus Mimicking Fish (VIDEO)

Black Marble Jawfish Mimics Octopus Mimicking Fish (VIDEO) | AP Biology | Scoop.it
By Charles Q. Choi (Click here for the original article.) A new film captures a circular game of copycat: a fish that mimics an octopus that mimics fish.
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Science, Skin and Ink - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

Science, Skin and Ink - Slide Show - NYTimes.com | AP Biology | Scoop.it

From the NY Times, a slide show of some of the tattoos curated by Carl Zimmer in his new book "Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed." I don't know, they don't seem too obsessed to me...

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Science, Skin and Ink - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

Science, Skin and Ink - Slide Show - NYTimes.com | AP Biology | Scoop.it

From the NY Times, a slide show of some of the tattoos curated by Carl Zimmer in his new book "Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed." I don't know, they don't seem too obsessed to me...

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Lynn Margulis, Trailblazing Theorist on Evolution, Dies at 73

Lynn Margulis, Trailblazing Theorist on Evolution, Dies at 73 | AP Biology | Scoop.it

AP Bio students will remember Lynn Margulis as the lone female in the NatGeo movie on Photosynthesis starring <3Melvin Calvin<3 and as the creative and sometimes controversial sciencer who theorized that Earth itself is an organism (the Gaia Hypothesis) and that insects evolved from the macroendosymbiosis of a crawly species with a flying species. For more about her life and work, read this article from the New York Times.

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Scientists find natural photovoltaic cell in hornet, and copy it

Scientists find natural photovoltaic cell in hornet, and copy it | AP Biology | Scoop.it

Via the magic of Facebook and the fact that Henry DeGrazia actually friended me at one point comes this article on photovoltaic wasps. Haven't found the primary source, but if I can find a free pdf of the Naturwissenschaften paper, I'll use my latent German translation skills to give you a more detailed summary.

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