Thursday, May 20, 2004

weird science

Nanobacteria? Are you kidding me? [New Scientist]

Where the cod are:

It's a rule every weekend angler knows: Throw back the small fish. It helps the population survive long term. Right?

Wrong. Mounting evidence suggests that by harvesting only the biggest fish - or biggest mammals, for that matter - mankind is unwittingly forcing many species to evolve rapidly. This process, called "contemporary evolution," isn't taking place over centuries. It's on a fast track that can happen within a few decades.

gone. [CS Monitor; 4/29 Nature article and commentary]

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