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How to build a human

by Matthew Cobb I can’t work out a way of presenting this in a reduced size and allowing you to embiggen it, so this is how it is. The gif is by Eleanor Lutz, ‘a designer with a molecular biology degree’ and was posted here. Eleanor explains: I’ve actually wanted to do an embryogenesis GIF […]

Caption contest

by Matthew Cobb Original photo by Elena Murzyn. Idea by @ymilesz

Three ferret gifs

by Matthew Cobb Because it’s that kind of day. I can do this… — The Animal Gifs (@TheAnimaIGifs) December 18, 2014

McMullen case resolved: a big victory for secularism as proselytizing professor told to keep opinions on Christianity and creationism to himself

Our plane to Calcutta has been delayed by three hours due to fog (this is typical), so I’m able to write this post passing on some good news. You may have forgotten the case of Emerson T. McMullen, the Georgia Southern University (GSU) history professor (actually, an associate professor) who proselytized both Christianity and creationism […]

Sans commentaire

by Matthew Cobb It is difficult to know what to say about the awful news from Peshawar. The front page of this morning’s Independent sums it up:

India: Day 1, Noms #2

I can see that I’m going to have to do a lot of walking to keep off the poundage here. My hosts are making really lovely meals, and Mr. Das has provided mass quantities of sweets. Just before bed, as I’m deeply jet-lagged, I’ll show my dinner and Mr. Das’s postprandial sweets (see two posts […]

Should I join Patheos?

The people who run Patheos and its atheist channel have asked me to join that channel. I haven’t made any decision, nor am I yet even leaning one way or another. I thought, then, that I’d ask the readers how they feel about this, both to see if people might abscond (I don’t want to […]

I have landed

Every international flight I’ve ever taken to India lands between 1 and 5 a.m., and this was no different: 1:05.  I’m now ensconced at my friends’ house at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, and it’s 3:30 a.m.  All I can write tonight is something that every inveterate traveler knows: the second you step off the […]

The Oatmeal’s sacrilege steams up believers

Matthew Inman, producer of the fantastic strip The Oatmeal (including one of my favorite comics, The Bobcats), is lately on a tear by promoting evolution in a sarcastic way and dissing the religious alternative as belief in “Jibbers Crabst,” a Holy Crustacean that breathes fire. First watch this 11-minute video by Inman that appeared on YouTube on December […]

Lamprey schreckstoff

by Matthew Cobb Take a look at this video, made by researchers at Michigan State University: These are sea lampreys, an invasive species that has become a real pest in the Great Lakes over recent decades. The substance that is poured into the tank is mushed-up essence of dead lamprey, and it is clearly alarming the […]


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