Birdwatching Old-Style

‘Of all birds there are few which excite so much admiration as the Resplendent Trogon.’ ‘Its skin is so singularly thin and the plumage has so light a hold upon the skin that when the bird is shot the feathers are plentifully struck from their sockets by its fall and the blows which it receivesContinue reading “Birdwatching Old-Style”

C. elegans’ colleague dies

One of my heroes died! Sydney Brenner, Germiston boykie, Witsie and a real mensch, died. Always a heavy smoker, he only lived one thousand five hundred and ninety five C. elegans life cycles. Or 92 years. He was amazing. Some colleagues called him “the funniest scientist who ever lived.” So what was he famous for?Continue reading “C. elegans’ colleague dies”