There is not much to add to the whole story on disposable penises after Ed Yong wrote about it. So being a big fan of the Ten Hundred Most Used Words challenge (Can you explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words?), I decided it was time I give it a . . . → Read More: Disposable Penises in Ten Hundred Most Used Words
Something to think about: the recent Gibbons et al. (2013) PNAS paper found that *one* site in the English Channel showed a 31.7-66.2% overlap in microbial communities when compared to any one of 356 datasets collected as part of the International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM). That’s a ridiculous overlap! As the paper title suggests, . . . → Read More: Endemic Genomes? Reason #1 to sequence the Deep Sea
Growing up in Arkansas, in the epicenter of Tornado Alley, a sound has coded on my psyche. When I hear this sound my breathing accelerates, adrenaline levels rise, and a tightness emerges in my gut. The sound of the sacred tornado siren (above), a cultural icon in the South and Midwest, will elicit a . . . → Read More: Loud Noise Makes Crabs Even More Crabby
Be worried – us marine scientists are officially taking over the internet. I’m super excited to announce the launch of Deep Sea News on Pinterest. We’re still working out the kinks…and trust us, these new things can get pretty kinky (#TWSS). Bear with us as we build up our visual smorgasbord, and be sure to . . . → Read More: Announcing the DSN Pinterest empire!
I was just thinking to myself the other day on how we needed more songs about the finer things in life like seagrass and amphipods. How did the scientific masterminds of the Zostera Marine Network (ZEN) know?!? Or maybe this is just what happens when you’ve been in the lab sorting epifauna samples too long. . . . → Read More: I’m a grazer baby.
When he made his historic solo dive into the Mariana Trench last month, James Cameron brought back images and descriptions of a “lunar like” marine landscape nearly devoid of life.-via National Geographic Returning from humankind’s first solo dive to the deepest spot in the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron said he saw no obvious signs of . . . → Read More: Is Marianas Trench A Lifeless Void?
At some point someone had sent me this video as a joke – according the SpongeBob SquarePants, this is what nematodes do in the deep sea: Video embedding was disabled by YouTube, so click here to watch the video. (And if you’re really lazy, here is a screenshot): Nematodes according to SpongeBob – AVERT YOUR . . . → Read More: Don’t try to learn marine taxonomy from SpongeBob SquarePants
As I mentioned before, in 1857 Japetus Steenstrup, a Danish biologist scientifically named several squids and octopods in the shortly titled Hectoctyldannelsen hos Octopodslaegterne Argonauta og Tremoctopus, oplyst ved Iagttagelse af lignende Dannelser hos Blacksprutterne i Almindelighed. Among those species Steenstrup named was the Giant Squid or Architeuthis dux. The scientific name comes from the . . . → Read More: 23 Species Giant Squid or Just 1
I have a confession….the musical genius that is “Thrift Shop” IS MY JAM. Yes… I turn it up to an ear shattering decibel EVERYTIME it comes on the radio. And yes…I even bust an awkward-car-confined dance move or two. Both actions most usually resulting in questionable side glares stemming from fellow motorists….But let’s be honest…they . . . → Read More: This is friggin’ awesome