• Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Red Tide Season is Upon Us: Oysters and Fish Beware

    Beware the red tide. That may sound like a pseudo-biblical warning, but the nasty algae that goes by that name is already popping up in Texas waters this season. And you know what this means: Oyster season, that magical time of the year when we can eat raw oysters fished out of Texas waters, is in d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Attack of the Frankenfish!

    It's not available yet, but once the FDA finalizes its assessment of AquAdvantage salmon, the genetically engineered fish may find its way to your grocery store fish counter. And you may have no idea that the fish you're eating has been modified with growth hormone regulating genes. These genes al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    I Don't Get the Controversy Over Marc Anthony's "God Bless America"

    I have to admit that when I saw the words "Marc Anthony," "God Bless America" and "controversy" in the same sentence, I wondered for a moment if Pit Bull showed up with J Lo and it threw Anthony into a tizzy. Anthony sung the song before the MLB All-Star game Wednesday night in New York City, but it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    After $100 Million, Exxon Backs Off Algae as Fuel

    Once upon a time -- way back in 2009 -- Exxon Mobil announced they were putting a whole bunch of money into algae. Yep, they were going to turn the goopy seaweed-type stuff you find in the ocean and washed up on the shore into a biofuel that would replace fossil fuels. And it still might happen, bu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    HISD Deals With The STAAR Results

    If there's anything that can fix public education, it's yet another standardized test with a bizarre acronym. Forget TAAS and TAKS -- get used to hearing about STAAR. (The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, of course.) The Houston school district says STAAR is "much more rigorous" t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2012
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    February 8, 2012

    Reality Bites: MonsterQuest

    There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch them all, one at a time. Admittedly, the concept of MonsterQuest initially struck me as woefully similar to that of...certain other reality shows, in that I was sure we'd be following around a bunch of yahoos using dubi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Galveston's Red Tide Appears to Have Dissipated, Oysters Recovering

    Photo by mintprofusionOysters affected by red tide are toxic to humans.​On January 27, two small portions of Texas Gulf waters were conditionally opened to shellfish harvesting after a red tide epidemic forced the indefinite closure of oyster season in October. San Antonio and Espiritu Santo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Rocks Off Wishes Wyoming A Happy Birthday

    ​If you're anything like Rocks Off, you've been marking off the days on your calendar until you could let loose and celebrate Wyoming Statehood Day this coming Sunday. OK, so that's a lie, but here at Rocks Off we do enjoy the lesser known-holidays and putting together playlists to honor them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Top 5: Foods Best Eaten Alive

    Photo by GroovehouseOysters on the half shell at Gilhooley's.​While I'm not a full-on advocate of the raw food or paleo eating movements, I have to admit that both have their strong points. Many foods are, in fact, better left uncooked. And some are flat-out best eaten at their most uncooked: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Intelligent Design Tries Again In Texas, Group Says

    Evolution in the cross-hairs​Texas might be getting ready to fill its science textbooks with anti-evolution material, critics are warning. The State Board of Education may soon take another step in its effort to adopt material that pushes Intelligent Design, they say. "Two years ago State Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Marfa Lights Solved!! It's A Giant Bird!!

    Headin' for Marfa, no doubt​You may have thought that the mystery of the Marfa Lights had been pretty much settled with scientific research showing that the eerie illuminations are just far-off car headlights bouncing off thermal layers. WRONG. Now comes a creationist scientist who has a new ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2010
  • News

    October 14, 2010

    The Littlest People

    There are maybe 200 primordial dwarfs in the world, and Houstonian Sienna Bernal is one of them. She's also trying to be a regular 11-year-old girl.

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    "DINOSAURS! At the Houston Zoo"

    Take a walk on the wild side

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2010

    "Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution"

    Look, it's a bird, it's a fossil, it's Super Lizard

  • Calendar

    November 26, 2009

    Cosmic Celluloid: 2001: A Space Odyssey

    One small step for computer-kind, one hell of a mess for man

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009

    Aurora Picture Show Video Salon

    Teenage filmmaker Emily Hagins shares her zombie-movie experience

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    What If Swine Flu Got Turned Into a "Song"?

    So it turns out the best way to prevent swine flu is to wash your damn hands, and to make sure you do a nice thorough job. A former member of the Texas Medical Associaton's Committee on Infectious Diseases suggests you sing or hum songs you probably learned in kindergarten for the duration, to furth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Scientists Love The Muck Outside Houston

    Somewhere, a little outside Houston, recently existed a massive colony of creatures that astounded scientists with their sheer size and intrigued them with their behavior. The creatures even engaged freely in "suicidal altruism," in which some would sacrifice themselves for the greater good. (Would ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2009
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    January 21, 2009

    Evolution Vs. Science, The Deathmatch: Part 2

    We're semi-liveblogging the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 21st Century -- today's meeting of the State Board of Education, which is discussing science standards. Here's the first report and here's the second:Board member Ken Mercer of San Antonio, who has a really hard time following the "board members ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    An Algae Farm Near The Ship Channel? Why The Hell Not?

    You know what the Ship Channel area needs?Besides a whole lot less pollution, we mean.It needs a good farm. An algae farm, in fact. That's the thinking of a Nevada company, which has announced plans to build a 20-acre algae farm near the Channel if it can get some financing from the federal governem ... More >>

  • Film

    July 31, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    “GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works”

    What do you get when you cross a human, a fly and a banana? Matching genes

  • Calendar

    October 4, 2007

    The Future of Food

    If you are what you eat, then you might be a genetic freak

  • Calendar

    April 6, 2006
  • News

    May 19, 2005

    Westward Whoa!

    Stem cell restrictions could send Texas Medical Center researchers fleeing to California

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Make Mine a Guinness

    The author discovers his genetic Irishness

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Who's Your Daddy?

    Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors

  • Dining

    December 19, 2002

    The Pig's Nose Knows

    It's time to try a tiny bit of truffle

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Buyers' Remorse

    The Cohns say their builder ripped them off with a poorly built home that became infested with mold. They've joined other Texas homeowners who want a lemon law passed just for houses.

  • News

    August 30, 2001

    Winging It

    For business or pleasure, here comes the Great Butterfly Chase

  • Calendar

    February 1, 2001

    Your Friend, the Germ

    Microbes are the stars of this exhibit

  • News

    December 28, 2000


    Designer Labels, Screwed for Life, Heavy on the Crab

  • News

    December 14, 2000

    In God's Country

    William Dembski thought Baylor University would be the perfect place to investigate a scientific alternative to Darwinism. Little did he realize he would be crucified for his cause.

  • Film

    November 16, 2000

    Clone Wars

    In the rousing 6th Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the only one who has been copied

  • Dining

    October 5, 2000

    It's Alive!

    Frankenfoods may be genetically altered, but are they really dangerous?

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    The ABCs of DNA

    Robert Del Grande

  • Film

    May 18, 2000

    T-Rex in Mouse Ears

    The Mesozoic Era undergoes the Disney treatment in Dinosaur

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Sick and Fired

    Former curator Karl Peterson has been shut out of the zoo, and he wants to know why

  • News

    January 14, 1999
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    March 20, 1997

    The Angelides Affair

    A dispute over research fraud has split the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and could jeopardize the way universities police scientific misconduct

  • News

    September 26, 1996

    Naturalist Born Thrillers

    Butterflies are nature's floorshow and the Natural Science Museum's cash cow. John Watts' job is to keep the performers alive and flitting.

  • Calendar

    June 27, 1996
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    August 3, 1995
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    November 24, 1994

    Why Die?

    At 80, Miller Quarles figures he should have 100 good years left. And Houston's apostle of life extension is determined to find them.

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