The adventures of a toy-microscopist (Part 2)

Microscoper? Microscopedist? Microscopist? Microscopist – a scientist who specializes in research with the use of microscopes. Definition Well strictly speaking, I shouldn’t be calling myself a microscopist, as I’m not a specialist in the field,…

The body snatching barnacle (Amazing parasites, part 4)

In previous posts we’ve seen beautiful wasps, morbid butterflies and gorgeous caterpillars. In this one we are visiting a crustacean – a type of shellfish organism, not too different from shrimps, crabs and lobsters. Except that this one is…

A toy microscope and whatever came in the…

Some time ago I purchased a little geek-toy - a handheld microscope from a big retailer online. Obviously, it was a curiosity I did not need, but once I saw it, I knew I badly…

Scientific literacy – don't be fooled!

Why should we care? Before we could answer the question who to trust when it comes to science and literacy, it is important to account for what, how and who measures it. The majority of…

(Bio)Engineering a dragon

It's clear we do need dragons, even if only for the sole reason that it'd be absolutely awesome!.. Reading this blog post made me think - how hard would it be to (bio)engineer a dragon?…

Skinner and his superstitions

Do you cross you fingers and knock on wood? Or may be turn the other way when a black cat crosses your path? Being superstitious has little to do with being religious, and for some…

20 years after Dolly or "where are all…

A sheep was born 20 years ago today, a group from Scotland (from the Roslin Institute) announced that they have successfully cloned the first mammal from an adult somatic cell. The achievement was in the…