Category Archives: Biotechnolgy

Slide show on Bats – relevant to evolution of flying mammals

The Secret Lives of Bats by Scientific American


Bat Anatomy


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20 unbelievable TED Talks for Biology Majors

This is a good collection of topics ranging from evolution, conservation, botany, synthetic life and cellular communication.

TED Talks collection:

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The Birds of Singapore – Online Book


Our concept is very simple.  In fact, it might seem a little altruistic, possibly even anarchic!


We feel many reference books should be published on the World Wide Web, made freely accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, especially books that are very rare or out of print.

It will facilitate research and will be environmentally friendly since students will no longer have to make reams of photo-copies at reference libraries.

The true concept, however, will be best applied to works-in-progress.  Many natural history books tend to get updated every five to ten years.  Buying such updates can become an expensive business for students or libraries, even for the publishers.

Published on the Web, minor corrections or major updates can be done even on a day-to-day basis, at practically no additional cost at all.  The book keeps on growing and, literally, becomes a living book!

The Birds of Singapore


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Citizen Science

From Scientific American Magazine:

What is Citizen Science?

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project wasSETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. And they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt. We’ll add projects regularly—and please tell us about others you like as well.


List of Citizen Science Projects here.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2010. That’s about 18 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 37 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 165 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 25th with 55 views. The most popular post that day was Evolution simulation games.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for evolution simulation game, bacteria phylogeny evolution 2009, biosphere game, transpiration animation, and evolution simulation games.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Evolution simulation games August 2007
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Biology Overseas Fieldtrip to Tanjung Sutera Resort, Sedili 13-14 March 2008 March 2008


Excellent resource on transpiration March 2008


On digestion February 2008


Jane Goodall Institute March 2007

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Learn.Genetics from Genetic Science Learning Center From University of Utah


Learn.Genetics is a good stop for a quick overview of genetics and genomics.




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The epigenome at a glance

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