Fig.1. The Nagasaki bomb blast in 1945 came from about 6.2 kilograms of enriched plutonium. A sliver of this same element remains from the Manhattan Project and now sits in a secure vault in Berkeley, CA (Credit: Library of Congress).
- These extraordinary new species show how scientific collections often hold surprising secrets: “The New Species Hiding in Museums,” BBC Earth (30 Dec 2014)
- This initiative hopes to examine the genetic treasure trove hidden away in seen bank vaults. These vaults include about 7 million seed deposits in more than 1700 repositories around the world: “‘DivSeek’ Aims to Mine the Genetic Treasure in Seed Bank Vaults,” Science (9 Jan 2015)
- A new analysis of an old fossil challenges previously held thoughts on the evolution of fish: “Reassessing One Really Old Fish,” The Scientist (13 Jan 2015)
- Maize is certainly in the spotlight this week! Read more about recent studies on maize genetics and how new technologies will shape our understanding of plant and animal domestication: “All Maize, All the Time,” Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog (15 Jan 2015)
- A sample of the original plutonium from the Manhattan Project is looking for a home to call its own: “Manhattan Project Plutonium, Lost to Obscurity, Recovered by Scientists,” Scientific American (15 Jan 2015)
- How do we sample after natural disasters? Tsunami wreckage offers a wealth of biological information and specimens not normally found so close to the shore: “After Long, Cold Trip Across Pacific on Tsunami Debris, Sea Creatures Find Little Warmth,” Wall Street Journal (12 Jan 2015)