Alexandria Warneke is a masters student at San Diego State University. You may remember that Alex had a Scifund project asking for funds to support her research in chemical ecology. I so was impressed with Alex video dropping made science rhymes over the beat of Fresh Prince of Bel Air that I asked her to . . . → Read More: SOS Please Someone Help Me…
Visualization Vednesdays highlights graphics and movies created by professional scientists and explains the science behind the visual. I’ll be focusing on physical oceanography cause they be my peeps, but if you know of another great ocean visualization please send it my way. But, there are some rules. These videos have to be made by the . . . → Read More: Visualization Vednesdays: Art and science
There’s a sizable red tide event unfolding in Australia right now, where thick slicks of red planktonic algae are washing up on Sydney’s iconic beaches, including the most famous beach in the whole country: Bondi. Web news sources are replete with dramatic pictures; I especially liked this one of vermilion surf juxtaposed with the tuquoise . . . → Read More: What’s green and gold and red all over?
Science is about discovery, observation and understanding, but it doesn’t always proceed smoothly and inexorably towards success. Real science, especially RealBiology®, is often messy and complicated, and the real challenge of being a biologist is distilling out of that sloppy chaos some meaningful patterns that might advance the field. I am with a team from . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: Mexico whale shark research 2012
Yesterday the DSN crew first saw the video above. What is this large floating sheet of goo? Is it alive? Was it once alive? The two leading contenders seems to be that it is A) an old whale placenta or B) a rare and enigmatic deep-sea jellyfish. And the answer is…. B) A) So . . . → Read More: Solving the Mystery of the Placental Jellyfish
h/t Bruce Carlson and TED
Despite the “hunting the giant squid” theme, there is some really cool footage here. some of it I haven’t seen before.
Check this out: That right there is one gorgeous copepod, one of the bigger and more important groups of planktonic crustaceans. It looks huge but is actually tiny; probably 1-2mm. This is what they normally look like on a light microscope: You can see how much richer and more detailed the top image is (although . . . → Read More: Copepod awesomesauce
Make sure you go read Hannah’s post on krill sex in the deep sea. Find out why should care about where Antarctic krill get it on. Also take note of the brilliant web animation of krill sex also released by the authors. As Kevin noted, “Best supplemental evah!”
Today marks the long-awaited release of the Daphnia pulex genome, published today in Science. Why is this such a momentous occasion? Well first of all, there are four people from my lab whose names are on the paper, so I will probably get free beer at some point today to celebrate (score!). But more importantly, . . . → Read More: Release of the Daphnia Genome