Fiat lux Being a total dick on the web is easy. From the safe (and relatively anonymous) confines of your bedroom, place of work, mother’s basement, or Starbucks, and armed only with Internet access and the 1st Amendment, everyone can be a critic. Our brave new online world has given anyone with a keyboard a . . . → Read More: Awareness Through Scrutiny, Not Negativity: A DSN Core Value
Kevin’s I Am Science is quite frankly one of the most beautiful and best posts ever posted at Deep-Sea News. If you haven’t read it, do it now and prepared to be moved. His call to the community on Twitter received a ground swell of response from across science about the unusual, humorous, and sometimes . . . → Read More: I Am Science
The above photo is making the rounds (see here and follow the link trail). In it the a scuba diver is next to Lion’s Mane Jellyfish. But I’m calling bullshit on this photo. Lion’s Maine Jellyfish are indeed big. The world record had a bell diameter of 7 and half feet (2.29m) and 120 ft . . . → Read More: Super Jellyfish?!
White-tip reef shark, Fiji © 2011 Angelo Villagomez Causal relationships can be fiendishly tricky. Spend an hour watching any of Star Trek Voyager’s time travel episodes and you begin to understand why the show’s writers often resort to lines such as, “It’s better if we don’t talk about this too much.” Consider another example of . . . → Read More: For Want Of A Shark…
Last thursday I was a guest on Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour talking about communicating biodiversity (interview starts at 8 minutes in). It was response to an article I wrote on EvoEcoLab, another blog I write for Scientific American, titled The (Mis)use of Messaging in Biodiversity Loss Prevention. It was a lot of fun and I’m . . . → Read More: The Biodiverse Universe
So, Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly was apparently baffled about the science behind tides, using it as an ammo when talking to an atheist leader (whose expression is priceless) on his program. A more entertaining summary of the clip below (NSFW warning: Bill drops an F-bomb), but the full clip here if you are inclined . . . → Read More: Tides, How DO They $%!&in’ Work?!?
Some of these things are not like the other. Can you spot the Zombie worms? What’s the difference between a collection of Osedax “Zombie worms” and the 112th United States Congress? One is a population of spineless, sedentary, opportunistic life forms that thrive in darkness while devouring the bones of the dead. The other are . . . → Read More: When Far-Sighted Vision Meets Near-Sighted Politics or Zombie Worms For Congress!
Right now, my stomach is rumbling as the delicious scent of my roasted nut loaf wafts in from the kitchen (yes, I’m one of THOSE–although ironically, as the only vegetarian in the family I am forced to concoct a creamy, meaty gravy from turkey drippings every year since I apparently “do it best”). Being from . . . → Read More: The Pilgrims were obviously Marine Scientists
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