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Friday Cephalopod: planktonic Octopus paralarva
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Science Friday: Swamp Things
DarkSyde interviews Michael Grunwald, author of The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise. Apparently we’re mucking up the muck.

Tree of Life, c. 2006
Scientists think they’ve found the first life form ever. Carl Zimmer takes us on a tour of the vast tree of life.

Friday Sprog Blogging: dinner table taxonomy
Dr. Free-Ride has the coolest kids ever: “‘Gastro’ means smelly, like gas, so a gastropod is a creature with smelly feet.”

“Alive” Chimpanzee So Real, It’s Unreal!
Since chimpanzees are so similar to us and show all of these human-like behaviors, why don’t we make frightening dolls of them? Brilliant…and hideous. (via Slog)

Originally published March 5, 2006

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