The Eukaryotic Nucleus May Derive from a Giant Virus

This post reports on an unpaywalled paper in the journal “Virus Research” from November last year, offering support for this Viral Eukaryogenesis hypothesis.

Chemists describe a new form of ice

Scientists from the United States, China, and Russia have described the structure and properties of a novel hydrogen clathrate hydrate that forms at room temperature and relatively low pressure.

UVB Activation of AMPs Production in the Skin and the Innate Respiratory Immunity

Acute viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19, are strongly correlated with vitamin D insufficiency. They are also strongly seasonal, peaking in the winter, when the availability of the UVB component of…

Animal instincts could be inherited expert knowledge

In addition to studying complex human reasoning, I have been observing complex instinctive reasoning in animals for many years. Instinctive behavior is often thought of as simple, perhaps even mindless.…

Plant evolves to become less visible to humans

Scientists found that Fritillaria delavayi plants, which live on rocky slopes of China’s Hengduan mountains, match their backgrounds most closely in areas where they are heavily harvested.

The structure of complex issues

We live in a world of complex issues, which can be very frustrating. I have been doing research on the generic structure of issues for a long time. There is…

Free science is here and growing fast

The good news is that the scientific community is responding big time to this extensive popular interest. We are in the midst of a huge wave of activities designed to…

To survive asteroid impact, algae learned to hunt

Tiny, seemingly harmless ocean plants survived the darkness of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs by learning a ghoulish behavior — eating other living creatures.

Science and politics

I am not happy with either the Democratic or Republican plans for science in the U.S. Both sides seem to want to use and misuse science as a club to…

Do Your Own Research?

Both of these essays are valuable – and contain truths we need to be aware of and accept. But they also represent the problem we see all across human endeavors…