Innervated follicles and spider-moms


Hyperactivation of sympathetic nerves drives depletion of melanocyte stem cells | Nature

Why do we go gray after stress? Linkages between nerves and stem cells in our hair follicles! This happened to me in the month before my dissertation: I got gray in my beard. So strange.


Have the Boomers Pinched Their Children’s Futures? – with Lord David Willetts – YouTube

I am not an economist, but I think this talk articulates important issues. Larger cohorts have a strange weight in democracies.


Gregor Czaykowski on Twitter: “ha ha happy new year” / Twitter


We’re haunted | The Bloggess

The Bloggess always makes me laugh. Her advocacy against mental illness stigma is a real service.


Mating Dance of the Puffin – YouTube

Ze Frank is a treasure. “This puffin got some stuffin’ for your puffin muffin.” Warning: Boobys (not boobies, SFW).

Trailer for Joker set to the theme from 28 Days Later

Off-Topic of everything, but I thought this would really work, and it DOES.


I know most folks will be horrified, but I think it’s really cute. What a good spider mom.


Lucas the Spider – Captured – YouTube

It made me think about Lucas. What a cute spider.


A parasite that makes mice unafraid of cats may quash other fears too | Science News

CDC – Toxoplasmosis – Treatment

Toxoplasmosis is a parasite – a literal brain worm – that changes mouse behavior. It probably also changes human behavior. We catch it from cats. I find this very disturbing. Here’s a picture of my cat. He stares at this corner sometimes for no apparent reason and then makes sounds like he’s possessed. I hope it’s not brain worms.

I relate big time to this. I generally avoid Facebook on account of this sentiment. It’s best.