Saying hello to Carl Zimmer

Carl is currently in Vancouver, and he was gracious enough to come out for drinks with us last night. This was after a great talk he gave on the how scientists have been following the evolutionary tracks of the H1N1 flu, so that folks can get a sense of (1) what it is, (2) how it’s been moving, and (3) where exactly it may have come from in the first place.

The talk was apparently filmed, so I’ll try and remember to pass on the link when it’s up, but I thought it was worth reshowing a great little video he highlighted.

As well, I double checked my notes and noticed that I had scribbled the phrase, “Darwin loved the beetles.

Of course, Carl was referring to the insects and the whole biology angle, but now I have in my head an image of Charles Darwin hanging out with Ringo (why Ringo and not Paul or John or George, I don’t know – maybe that is a question worth debating overall).

Who would Darwin most likely hang out with if presented with the four Beatles?

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at