Virgin Birth

This Christmas brings word of a virgin birth, not to mention baby Jesus. At Chester Zoo in England a female Komodo Dragon has laid two fertile eggs, despite never having mated.

We will be on the look-out for shepherds, wise men, and an unusually bright star in the sky over Chester Zoo.

Kevin Buley, zoo curator

The phenomenon is called parthenogenesis, and is extremely rare in complex organisms – or so, at least, was thought – this being the second recorded occurrence with Komodo Dragons this year.

Virgin Birth

This Christmas brings word of a virgin birth, not to mention baby Jesus. At Chester Zoo in England a female Komodo Dragon has laid two fertile eggs, despite never having mated.

We will be on the look-out for shepherds, wise men, and an unusually bright star in the sky over Chester Zoo.

Kevin Buley, zoo curator

The phenomenon is called parthenogenesis, and is extremely rare in complex organisms — or so, at least, was thought — this being the second recorded occurrence with Komodo Dragons this year.

Counterstream Radio

Counterstream will be your online home for exploring the music of America’s composers. We will broadcast a frequently updated general mix of adventurous music, as well as an eclectic assortment of guest-curated programs, genre-specific radio hours, interviews, and live concert recordings. Listen and discover the sound of music without limits.

I’ve been listening to John Cage, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, David Maslanka and Phillip Glass in the same playlist – all free, and Counterstream hasn’t even officially launched yet. Keep your ears on this one.

The 3D Language of Cells

image © Groves Lab

[Jay] Groves’ goal is to understand the forces of molecular organization that bring a cell to life. “It’s like examining the sound wave of a symphony. It’s fantastically complicated, but if you look at a larger scale, there are some patterns—a periodic beat there, and repeated phrases. And you realize there might be levels higher up in the complexity that might be simple, that organize the entire piece. There’s something big out there that’s regulating the chemistry of life, and that’s where we’re headed.”

Counterstream Radio

Counterstream will be your online home for exploring the music of America’s composers. We will broadcast a frequently updated general mix of adventurous music, as well as an eclectic assortment of guest-curated programs, genre-specific radio hours, interviews, and live concert recordings. Listen and discover the sound of music without limits.

I’ve been listening to John Cage, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, David Maslanka and Phillip Glass in the same playlist — all free, and Counterstream hasn’t even officially launched yet. Keep your ears on this one.

The 3D Language of Cells

image © Groves Lab

[Jay] Groves‘ goal is to understand the forces of molecular organization that bring a cell to life. “It’s like examining the sound wave of a symphony. It’s fantastically complicated, but if you look at a larger scale, there are some patterns—a periodic beat there, and repeated phrases. And you realize there might be levels higher up in the complexity that might be simple, that organize the entire piece. There’s something big out there that’s regulating the chemistry of life, and that’s where we’re headed.”

Titan Pr0n

I’m sure its just biological instinct – being attracted to something that resembles the familiar cradle of Mother Earth – but Saturn’s Titan looks right fetching in the above shot released last week from the Cassini spacecraft, composite from several images taken during flybys on 9 and 25 October. This image spans the visual and infrared spectrum, so there’s more surface detail here than you’d see with your eyes at the distance simulated.

Titan is the most Earth-like body in our solar system as both occupy “sweet spots”, balancing mass and distance from the Sun. Titan’s geological features resemble ours with hills, valleys, river networks and mile-high mountain ranges, but its temperature is far colder, averaging on the surface about -290° F (94° K).

You can think of Titan as like the Earth in deep freeze.

Rosaly Lopes, JPL

But enough romanticizing …

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Titan Pr0n

I’m sure its just biological instinct — being attracted to something that resembles the familiar cradle of Mother Earth — but Saturn’s Titan looks right fetching in the above shot released last week from the Cassini spacecraft, composite from several images taken during flybys on 9 and 25 October. This image spans the visual and infrared spectrum, so there’s more surface detail here than you’d see with your eyes at the distance simulated.

Titan is the most Earth-like body in our solar system as both occupy “sweet spots”, balancing mass and distance from the Sun. Titan’s geological features resemble ours with hills, valleys, river networks and mile-high mountain ranges, but its temperature is far colder, averaging on the surface about -290° F (94° K).

You can think of Titan as like the Earth in deep freeze.

Rosaly Lopes, JPL

But enough romanticizing …

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