Moss growing on lava fields!

Here’s something I was kind of fascinated by in Iceland last summer. I’m not 100% sure what this moss is called (it might be Racomitrium canescens??), but you can see it all over the lava fields in the southern part of the island. Apparently there are 600 different species of …

Proto-genes

Here’s a paper I read recently that I think presents some neat ideas (though it’s not without its faults): Nature. 2012 Jul 19;487(7407):370-4. doi: 10.1038/nature11184. Proto-genes and de novo gene birth. Carvunis AR, Rolland T, Wapinski I, Calderwood MA, Yildirim MA, Simonis N, Charloteaux B, Hidalgo CA, Barbette J, Santhanam …