Friday, January 30, 2009

Carnival of Evolution #8 (Parts One and Two) - Biochemicalsoul

The latest edition, Carnival of Evolution #8, is finally in!! Due to a issue, this edition includes two separate parts: Part One and Part Two.

As the host this go round (over at Biochemicalsoul), I cannot attest to its quality, though I hope you'll find it as enjoyable to read as it was to write.

Oh, what the heck...yes I can..this edition rocks!

Please note that due to the lateness of this edition, the next will be hosted on March 1st at Moneduloides. Use this form to submit your posts.

"Wait a minute!" I hear you say, "that's a month from now!"

Yes, well, after discussion with other bloggers at the amazing ScienceOnline09 conference, I've decided to make this a monthly rather than biweekly carnival. This is intended to increase the number of entries per edition as well as increase the quality.

We need more hosts so pop me an email if your interested in hosting your own edition.
I am committed to making this Carnival succeed!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Carnival of Evolution #8 - Biochemicalsoul (Update)

One thing natural selection is powerless against is selecting for or against anything in an organism post-reproduction. Hence, our bodies are fairly impotent when it comes to fighting cancer (with many exceptions, of course). The mechanisms of evolution are simply blind to most cancers.

It is for this reason that I must delay today's edition of the Carnival of Evolution. My grandfather "Papaw" finally and thankfully ended a long fight with lung cancer thirty minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve. He had just received word that day that the cancer had spread pretty much all over and the prospects for '09 were not looking particularly pleasant.

So, in perfect characteristic fashion, Papaw proceeded to thumb his nose at the potential of an agonizing death by having a heart attack in his sleep.

He will be missed by many.

The next edition, which was due to be published today, will be published as soon as I return from the funeral next week. Much apologies to all contributors. Rest assured - you will all be included.