Say it ain't so, Glacier National Park. Photo by jby.Meanwhile, in actual science news:
- Still gushing. As of today (Friday), it's been 81 days since BP broke the Gulf. Yet another projection of long-term surface dispersal of the oil suggests the U.S. east coast is in trouble. At Deep Sea News, Dr. M rounds up the latest news and Allie Wilkinson flies over the slick with the Coast Guard. Meanwhile ProPublica digs into BP's horrendous safety record and foot-dragging on compensation and cooperation with scientists.
- Missed this earlier. BlagHag reports on Portland and Evolution 2010.
- I'm confused. What about spinach? A new study of bone structure suggests Neanderthals were totally pumped, with "Popeye-like forearms," possibly because of a highly carnivorous diet. (Discovery News)
- Well, it doesn't look its age. New fossils reveal that multicellular life is at least 2.1 billion years old, more than three times as old as previously thought. (ScienceDaily)
- This just makes me sad. Environmental pollutants, including pesticides, are extensive at national parks—with particularly bad levels at Glacier and Sequoia. (Conservation Maven)
- It works for cpDNA, anyway. A new method for extraction and amplification of DNA from plant tissue may make life simpler for lab rats like me. (Uncommon Ground)
- Cichlids do it wherever they can. Since colonizing a volcanic crater lake in Nicaragua—as little as a century ago—a population of Midas cichlid fish has evolved into two distinct forms, with marked dietary differences. (NeuroDojo)
- Dudes should not wear corsets. Because they may cause you to grow a bone in your penis. Really. (scicurious)