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Before I make the momentous announcement I’m about to make, I want to take a moment to #humblebrag about all of the incredible accomplishments the team at BioPop has made over the last year while turning an ambitious concept into reality. Mastered manufacturing — mastering may be an overstatement, but BioPops founders worked to refine and execute a very unique design with a manufacturing facility on the other side of the world, on an accelerated time schedule. Kudos, gents! Developed proprietary bioproduction methods that have resulted in the largest dinoflagellate culture to ever be successfully grown in a lab. No...

  It's Friday the 13th (cue spooky music) and, in a statistically inevitable twist of fate, it's also a full moon. But not just any full moon, mind you, because this one coincides with the moon's perigee — what smart people call it when the moon is the closest to Earth. Combine this closeness with the summer solstice, when the sun is at it's highest and the moon tends to hug the horizon, and you've got the makings for one uber-rare, amber colored 'honey moon'. Appearing much larger than normal due to it's perigee and proximity to the horizon, the...

  Turn your eyes skyward tonight for a meteor shower that's truly the first of its kind. The Camelopardalid meteor shower will commence when the Earth, for the first time, passes through the 200-year-old space wake of the super excitingly named Comet 209P/LINEAR. Meteor count estimates range from 100 (a mild shower) to 1000 (a full-on STORM!) per hour. Here's the catch: Some comets spew debris like it's their job, while others kind of putter along not leaving much behind. Currently, Comet 209P/LINEAR is skewing towards leaving a pretty weak tail and scientists have no idea what it was doing in the...

According to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder that probably shouldn't be trusted because EVERYONE THERE IS HIGH(!!!!), human narcissism may extend to the genetic level. The study found that people are more likely to pick mates with similar genomes. Using 1.7 million single-nucleotide polymorphisms, researchers compared the DNA of married people to randoms and found a preference for a genetically similar spouse. They call this effect 'genetic assortative mating', and say it's approximately a third as strong as 'educational assortative mating' — the phenomenon of people with similar educational backgrounds pairing off.   So what does...

(Launch as seen from Cape May Point, N.J. Sept. 6, 2013) On Sept. 6, 2013 an ambitious probe was launched from Wallops Island, VA to study... drumroll please... lunar dust!? Ok, the mission itself wasn't so glamorous, actually pretty boring, but at least it will go out with a bang. A rather large bang, as it collides with the moon's surface traveling at nearly a mile-per-second. This is where you come in. Somewhat surprisingly, considering they're literally rocket scientists, the folks at NASA don't really know when the probe will impact the Moon, so they're enlisting your help and turning...

  Hello friends, and welcome to the first ever BioPop blog post. Hold on to your collective seat, because a lot has been happening in the world of BioPop… including the genesis of the world of BioPop. Thanks to an overwhelming response by the most intelligent backers the world has ever seen, we cleaned up shop on Kickstarter with the debut of the Dino Pet, expanded our operation, brought in new partners, moved in to bigger office, and were reborn as BioPop: Biological and Popular Culture.   We’re currently working on ironing out the final kinks in the plastic manufacturing...

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