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Hot streak: how rising temperatures are skewing some animals’ sex ratios

In the 1993 film Jurassic Park, characters create a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs that purportedly will not reproduce because they are all female. When the skeptical chaos theorist Dr. Malcolm voices concerns, the park’s lead geneticist Dr. Wu explains, “We control their chromosomes. It’s really not that difficult.” Of course, controlling sex determination—the

Strange science from the deep sea: why the Barreleye is the coolest fish I’ve seen

As a neuroscientist, I spend my time thinking about the inner workings of the brain and what they mean for human life.  I often find myself carelessly losing sight of the amazing world that exists around me, with the assumption that what goes on in between our ears is more interesting than anything else.  Every now and then, I hear about a scientific discovery that snaps me back to reality, making me realize that this planet is a much more mysterious, unknown place than I give it credit for.  For a prime example of one of earth’s natural wonders, I present to you the Barreleye:

Now, I want you all to stop for a second and look at the picture above.  Notice anything strange?  That’s rightthe fish’s head is transparent.  And those two globular things inside: no, they’re not its brain, they’re actually the fish’s eyes.  While the creature’s existence has been known for a while, researchers were recently able to capture a Barreleye on video with some pretty sophisticated deep-sea exploration.