Octopus prefer Lego

News story: Octopus prefer LegoTM. I hope that people get them the big blocks and not those little fiddly ones.

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Tangled Bank #82 at Greg Laden’s blog

Greg Laden presents Tangled Bank 82 in the form of a manuscript of Derwin Darwin II, as “Various Proofs of Evolution” made by his uncle, Charles Darwin.

Help about rare genetic conditions

Bertalan Meskó at ScienceRoll has gathered several useful online genetics resources for doctors faced with unfamiliar medical conditions. The list includes references to

  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database
  • Single Gene Disorders and Disability at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Specific Genetic disorders at National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Genetic disorders on Wikipedia
  • GeneReviews
  • Ask the Geneticist
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
  • Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR)
  • the Open Directory Project for Genetic Disorders
  • OrphaNet

Ontario weather strikes


We had a downburst yesterday afternoon that took two major branches off the neighbour’s tree, blocking our lane. I was out but the pattern of destruction seemed suspiciously like a minor tornado. Branches ended up all over the place, including opposite to the direction of fall. (Of course they might have just bounced.) And the grass was flattened. A neighbour said that it sounded like a train going by.


Several nearby streets were also blocked. That happened about 4:00 p.m. and when the electricity crews got to it our power was cut for several hours. It came back on about 4:00 a.m.

Cleanup crews are busy. I can hear the wood-chippers out there now.

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