The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report put out by the Centers for Disease Control makes for fascinating reading sometimes. One came out recently that contains three startling case reports linked to clam beds on the US east coast, but they do not involve, as you might expect, infectious diseases. In the first case a member . . . → Read More: You want mustard with that clam?
Dear Abby, It’s just not fair. There I was, a freshly produced sand tiger shark embryo, developing nicely and making my way down the ovarian ducts to one horn of the uterus. I had blastulated like a boss, totally owned gastrulation and even did a half decent impersonation of ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny. Things were looking . . . → Read More: It’s not uterUS, it’s uterME
Sorry for the silence of late, just spinning a few too many plates. One of those plates was an invited lecture in the STEM lecture series at University of Texas PanAmerican. They just posted it on their website. It’s kind of long, over 50 minutes, but if you’re interested in whale sharks and procrastinating this . . . → Read More: TGIF – Wonderful Whale Sharks
In my inbox today was this video of a remarkable bit of animal behaviour captured on video. It shows the famous manta night dive in Hawai’i interrupted by a dolphin, which seems to solicit help from a diver for a case of fishing line entanglement. The dolphin holds patiently still while the diver carefully removes . . . → Read More: Extraordinary dolphin footage
(A Crow Left of the Murder is a particularly excellent Incubus album, btw) One of the recent papers out of my group describes an unprecedented aggregation of whale sharks in Yucatan Mexico. Prompted in large part by a Twitter exchange with @Sharksneedlove, I have decided that “aggregation”, while utilitarian and certainly descriptive, is about as . . . → Read More: A murder of crows and a stipple of whale sharks?
I’m going to shameless co-opt the DSN soapbox for selfish research purposes for a moment. Do you know anyone who lives near Seadrift TX, east of Corpus Christi/West of Houston? I have a satellite tag that came ashore in Espiritu Santo Bay, inside Matagorda Is. and I’d love to get it back. It was on . . . → Read More: DSN community, I need your help
I love St Paddy’s Day. I’m Scots-Irish-Australian, so I never drink (baddum-tish!), but I do like bangers and mash and all things gaelic. In pondering how to celebrate on DSN, I considered a post of green fish, but that was just too easy. Instead, I thought I’d present some fish with Irish patronyms. So off . . . → Read More: The lack of the Irish!
From the Italian news site La Repubblica comes this disturbing story (with 15 graphic pictures) of a mass stranding of “manta” rays on a beach in the Palestinian territories. According to Google Translate, the caption reads something like “For now only remains a mystery. Difficult to determine the cause, but the scenario that occurred on . . . → Read More: Mysterious Mobula mass mortality
As Kevin moves on to snowier pastures, I want to offer a different perspective on his contributions to DSN and the world of science. In his soul-baring farewell piece, Kevin talks about feeling like a failure because of struggles at grad school and problems with work life and how both of these things negatively affected . . . → Read More: Hasta la proxima, Kevin
As Miriam’s matzoh ball drifts gently away from our shore and towards another, I’m struggling with several different emotions, most of which cannot so neatly be packaged into a pithy reference to Jewish life. First of all, I’m frustrated that we only shared the same blog pages for 2 years or so, it seems so . . . → Read More: Like nurdles through the bongo net, so are the days of her blogging…