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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
As we noted in last week's post on a new era of Nastiness and a call for civility in the Natural wine debate, it's not easy to define exactly what Natural wine is. As Eric Asimov wrote in his weekly New York Times column, there is no official definition or doctrine for Natural wine or Natural winem ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Evolution in the cross-hairsTexas 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 >>
Headin' for Marfa, no doubtYou 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 >>
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.
Take a walk on the wild side
Look, it's a bird, it's a fossil, it's Super Lizard
One small step for computer-kind, one hell of a mess for man
Teenage filmmaker Emily Hagins shares her zombie-movie experience
librarystorytime.wordpress.comSo 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 kindergar ... More >>
Photo by JublinSomewhere, 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 ... More >>
This Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come
Listen up people - we have run out of options. At least when we come to superbugs, if University of Texas Medical School researchers Dr. Barbara E. Murray and Dr. Cesar Ariasare to be believed. The two study infectious diseases for a living, so they should know. Their article in a recent New England ... More >>
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 >>
Gleaning lessons from the darkness.
What do you get when you cross a human, a fly and a banana? Matching genes
If you are what you eat, then you might be a genetic freak
Stem cell restrictions could send Texas Medical Center researchers fleeing to California
The author discovers his genetic Irishness
Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors
It's time to try a tiny bit of truffle
Why are sea turtles coming to Galveston's shores?
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.
For business or pleasure, here comes the Great Butterfly Chase
Microbes are the stars of this exhibit
Designer Labels, Screwed for Life, Heavy on the Crab
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.
In the rousing 6th Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the only one who has been copied
Frankenfoods may be genetically altered, but are they really dangerous?
Robert Del Grande
The Mesozoic Era undergoes the Disney treatment in Dinosaur
Former curator Karl Peterson has been shut out of the zoo, and he wants to know why
A dispute over research fraud has split the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and could jeopardize the way universities police scientific misconduct
Butterflies are nature's floorshow and the Natural Science Museum's cash cow. John Watts' job is to keep the performers alive and flitting.
At 80, Miller Quarles figures he should have 100 good years left. And Houston's apostle of life extension is determined to find them.