30 animals that made us smarter

Well, it’s a slow news day, month, year… With no access to a lab this year, I’ve not been able to share a lot of news about my own projects. In the meantime, I’m posting interesting stories, creatures, ideas, etc. I come across. The BBC series 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter, was recommended...

Shimmering bees

Bees are awesome, right? I recently heard about "Shimmering" on QI, my favourite non-sensical informative TV show. Shimmering can be described as a Mexican wave, a sort of synchronised pulse going through the entire hive to make it look like a single entity to fend off enemies. It looks amazing, check out the video...

Keeping a clear head

This is a barreleye fish with a transparent head. Since their tubular eyes are generally directed upwards to detect the silhouettes of potential prey, evolution provided a kind of panorama ceiling (if you've ever been on a Swiss alpine train). Check out the video below. (Header image from Our Breathing Planet)...

Have your maid do it

There are many women in science that you have probably never heard off. Partly there were of course fewer women allowed to be active in the sciences for a long time and there is general an issue related to lack of signature (not just in the sciences, but also the arts, etc), where the...

If your wounds glow in the dark…

During the American Civil War there were stories of soldiers whose wounds would glow in the dark. Doctor’s noted that the wounds showing this phenomenon were healing faster, giving the soldiers a higher chance of survival than non-glowing wounds. They called the effect “Angel’s Glow”. It took quite a while to figure out what happened...

Eat Offbeat

If you're suddenly spending a lot of time at home, you might find that much of your day starts revolving around food. If you're not already scavenging the fridge, your thoughts might drift between whether to order your next meal or make it yourself. I have definitely not exhausted the range of food available...

2020 Art in the Lab

See some art from the lab online: www.artinthelab.com/2020exhibition A particular shout out to my friend Lori Solondz whom I know from Genspace. She’s been working with slime mould and amongst others has made portraits of sexual predators – in the exhibition above we see Harvey Weinstein – to be gobbled up by the slime...

Curiosity Stream

Maybe you’ve also already watched everything of conceivable interest on Netflix and Hulu, and even a few things you’d never admit to having watched. Here’s an alternative recently recommended by a friend: Curiosity Stream. Currently only 12 bucks a month. There’s a bunch of stuff from mushrooms, to the microbiome, various animals, diseases, tech,...