My ScienceSeeker editor’s picks for this week
Sorry for the extended hiatus in my picking activities. I’d give you excuses, but they all involve me having too much fun to find the internet, and I don’t want to make anyone cranky.
- An awesome story on why the gills of my favourite kind of fish look like vanilla yogurt: How the Antarctic Icefish Lost Its Red Blood Cells But Survived Anyway by Ferris Jabr at Brainwaves
(In case you haven’t come across them before, Antarctic icefish are some badass fish. They don’t have red blood cells. Antifreeze runs through their veins. They dominate the almost-freezing waters of the Southern Ocean. They also don’t have swim bladders, which means they spend most of their time resting on the ocean floor, taking it easy. Really easy. I once overheard a pair of tourists commenting on a very real pair of icefish in an aquarium, complaining about the use of plastic fish models in place of real fish.)
- A totally readable and interesting introduction to cancer stem cells for the non-geek, including the results of some recent research: The queen in the hive – scientists find more evidence for cancer stem cells by Safia Danovi at Cancer Research UK’s Science Update blog
- This is several weeks old, but still a fantastic post on human evolution, and by reading it late you have the benefit of immediate access to the complete saga of the hounding duck: The Mystery of the Missing Chromosome (With A Special Guest Appearance from Facebook Creationists) by Carl Zimmer at The Loom