My view of the film Bottle Shock was partially obscured by a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, but it didn't really matter, because there were five wine glasses before me waiting to be filled. At the kick-off event for the 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, the intent was to recreate the pivotal ... More >>
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of other things. Not because we want to go and eat all the oysters up, a la Lewis Carroll, but because right now is decidedly not the best time to go oystering in Galveston Bay. As of Thursday, parts of Galveston Bay will be closed to oystering due to the ... More >>
A new doc explores the Texas Board of Education's fight against science, history.
The spider becomes a man and a joy.
The spider becomes a man - and a joy.
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 >>
Filthy, stinking apesThe always entertaining State Board of Education is scheduled to take up biology textbooks this year, which usually means someone will be pushing to get a whole lot of creationism/intelligent design in there instead of actual science. One of the big boys in the creationi ... More >>
Heather Merritt: The inevitable hittability debate ensuesHeather Dawn Merritt, a biology teacher in Paris, Texas, has been sentenced to three years for having sex with an underaged student. It's not exactly news these days, but such stories seem irresistible to the Web. And although the Pari ... More >>
Who needs Mommy?Researchers at M.D. Anderson have created mice from two fathers, the Wall Street Journal reports. That has to be the gayest thing we've heard since sing-along Project Runway. Which we actually haven't heard of, but we can dream, right? The scientists "first engineered a fema ... More >>
Trust me, I have a large number of leather-bound books.It's hard to argue with Richard Dawkins. A zoologist, atheist and Charles Darwin's biggest supporter, he presents and proves controversial concepts with ease, and in such convincing fashion, that it really makes you second-guess the intellige ... More >>
The Mexican artist remembers his childhood through imagery
Advertised as the "clean and intelligent think drink," Brain Toniq at first reminded me of those cure-all potions sold by itinerant quacks in the early nineteenth century. I spotted it on the shelves of a local health food store and, feeling a bit fuzzy-brained from reading too much Bruno LaT ... More >>
Advertised as the "clean and intelligent think drink," Brain Toniq at first reminded me of those cure-all potions sold by itinerant quacks in the early nineteenth century. I spotted it on the shelves of a local health food store and, feeling a bit fuzzy-brained myself from reading too much Br ... More >>
There's a little monkey business going on at Playhouse 1960
What is it? Kelp is a type of brown seaweed used extensively in Asian cooking. This packaged, dried kelp is a Korean product known as dashima, but in Japan is known as kombu and in China hai dai. The actual seaweed, when rehydrated, is intensely slimy, and not surprisingly, smells like the be ... More >>
"So I started to walk into the water. I won't lie to you boys, I was terrified! But I pressed on and as I made my way past the breakers a strange calm came over me. I don't know if it was divine intervention or the kinship of all living things but I tell you Jerry at that moment I was a marine bio ... More >>
The ACT scores are just out for the 2009 graduating seniors who took the tests as sophomores, juniors or seniors and it is not great news across the land, and certainly not in Texas. As far as biology goes, we're not exactly wowing the galaxy with our knowledge.And the ethnicity gap remains stark ... More >>
I want to have sex with Seth Rogen, the star of the upcoming Observe and Report (and numerous other Judd Apatow-type vehicles). But why?First up, let me say that Miss Pop Rocks is happily married, and she wouldn't cheat on her man even if Mr. Rogen showed up at her house with a box of Godivas ... More >>
An SMU biologist searches to unlock the secrets to the fountain of youth
This Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come
A natural talent for psychedelia must be as common as Y chromosomes in the Rodriguez-Lopez family DNA. That gene pool has produced a trio of rockers - Omar, Marcel and Marfred - that has proved its mastery of the genre in more than one incarnation. The most notable, of course, is Omar, co-mastermin ... More >>
Tropical Storm Allison destroyed houses that never quite got fixed, thanks to bureaucratic bungling and cheaters
Tuesday, September 20, at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance, 713-226-8563.
Sludge, spread across the land, makes some people vomit and others very rich
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Houston Church of Freethought
Why are sea turtles coming to Galveston's shores?
Michael West and his benefactor clash over the first human clone
Prickly pears. Pepper grass. Cattail stems. It's all snack food to T.R. Zimmermann.
Frozen, cloned or retooled, Miller Quarles plans to live forever. But time is running out.
How does a Rice grad go global with DNA analyses? It's all in the marketing.
A&M's pet project spawns a company to mix DNA with possible IPOs
Richard Willett's Triptych,
Zonagen Inc. took its name from Bonnie Dunbar's groundbreaking research into contraceptive vaccines. Then, when she wasn't looking, the company took her research.