Check it out: a 3-D rendering of Volvox, apparently viewable in virtual reality. The creator, Interactive Technologies, has a bunch more cool (but not as cool as Volvox) biological models. Volvox Зеленая водоросль Chlorophyta by iTechnol on Sketchfab
The question of what constitutes a biological individual is intimately entangled with questions about levels of selection. Many authors implicitly or explicitly treat individuals as units of evolution or some variation on this theme. A recent appreciation for the complexity of bacterial biofilms has led to comparisons with multicellular organisms. A recent paper by Ellen […]
Cdesign proponentsists really don’t seem to like research on the evolution of multicellularity. Pretty much any time real scientists learn something new about the origins of multicellularity, writers on intelligent design blogs Evolution News & Views and Uncommon Descent feel compelled to tells why it’s wrong (for example, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, […]
In ancient times, when dusky seaside sparrows still roamed the Earth, I took two years of high school Latin. My Latin name was Matteus (we were all required to call each other and Mrs. Knowles by our Latin names); my Latin motto was “carpe diem.” That’s about how much I remember. Thankfully, in these […]
The Discovery Institute has a persecution complex. They have a hard time distinguishing between rejection and mockery of their silly ideas and violation of their right to free speech. They’ve created a ‘Censor of the Year’ award to protest their treatment. The previous winners are noted free speech opponents Jerry Coyne and Neil deGrasse Tyson. For […]
Being on Andrew Weil’s mailing list is entertaining (see “Journey into bullshit“). His latest mailing advertises his upcoming webinar with Deepak Chopra. The website for this event (on chopra.com) starts off Are Your Genes Your Destiny? Until very recently, scientists would have said yes. In fact, it was widely accepted that the genes we inherited […]
The meeting review for the Third International Volvox Conference is now available online at Molecular Ecology (doi: 10.1111/mec.13551). The editors warned me ahead of time that the challenge for this paper would be to make it of broad interest to the readership of Molecular Ecology, so there is a lot of background information that will be old news to members […]
If you need more Volvox-themed clothing (and who doesn’t?), by ribosoma biological designs has you covered. They’re available in long-sleeved or short-sleeved. I don’t know how long these will take to ship from Spain, but if you didn’t get one of the super-cool shirts from the Volvox meeting, now’s your chance!