Dogs

Did cats pee on ancient Egyptian rugs?

Robert blogs and fictionalizes about cat domestication. Read on.

Blow Your Mind: Five-fingered Evolutionary Discount

Like most cartoon characters, the Simpsons all have four fingers (except for God, as listener Deming pointed out to us) while us humans have five. Why is that? Why five and not, say, six or two? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I turn our attention to our own fleshy keyboard paddles to ask why so many creatures evolved with a five-fingered discount.

If you're planning to hit any raves this summer, then a fluorescent puppy may sound like the perfect fashion accessory to go along with your giant polyester pants, purple fur bikini top and glow stick necklace. Imagine throwing some shapes to The Prodigy with a couple of these guys in your hands, eh? Of course, for many that may sound as ridiculous and irresponsible as, well, cloning transgenic dogs to produce a fluorescent protein that glows under UV lighting. But that's exactly what Byeong-Chun Lee's team at South Korea's Seoul National University did. According to an article on New Scientist, they pulled this off by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones. That also means they're not available in purple yet.

Science Laughs At Your Wiener Dog

We've been snickering at our wiener dogs and their short little legs since the 15th century and yet genetic science has only recently allowed us to understand exactly why they're so cute.