Evolution

10
May

Fossils of Inflation, Awkward Adolescent Flatfish, and the Fountain of Youth: NOVA Next Week in Review

This Week’s NOVA Next Feature Article

Flatfish are anatomical disasters that stumped Charles Darwin himself. NOVA Next contributor Ferris Jabr reports on new research that’s answering centuries-old questions about the freaky flatfish, “an asymmetrical anomaly from the inside out.”

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On this spotted turbot, you can see its sideways mouth and upright fin.

In other news from NOVA and around the web:

 

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  • On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 pm, a rod shot through Phineas Gage’s head. He lived, but his life would never be the same. Here’s the real story behind one of neuroscience’s most famous patients.
  • Life has always been written with just four letters: A, T, C,  G. Now, scientists have more letters to play with.
  • It’s not obvious why babies cry so frequently, particularly at night. A new theory proposes that babies disrupt the peace to prevent their mothers from getting pregnant again.
  • Can fossils of inflation provide quantum gravity clues?
  • A new self-repairing plastic patches up holes by imitating human veins and arteries.
  • Agua Caliente is the largest photovoltaic solar power facility in the world. It’s comprised of more than five million solar panels and spans the equivalent of two Central Parks.