I loves me some metrics. That’s why I’m addicted to this new PLoS ONE paper, published by Trevor Branch at the University of Washington. Also, because Figure 1 is a Wordle: “Word clouds showing the relative frequency of words (A) in Worm et al. , (B) in the press release associated with Worm et al., . . . → Read More: Media hype gets you more citations? Well, it did for this fisheries paper.
Back in 2005, three researchers described and named a very unusual crab from a hydrothermal vent in the Indian Ocean (paper here). The scientists christened this crustacean Kiwa hirsuta from the name of the goddess of shellfish in Polynesian mythology and the Latin hirsutus meaning hairy. The later specifically referring some very hairy claws . . . → Read More: Yeti Crab Roundup
Glamour magazine, where the HELL are female scientists in your annual “women of the year” awards? Year after year, you honor female actresses, fashion designers, politicians, activists, athletes and models. You bestow awards on some truly amazing people, who have made it their life’s work to change the world and spread messages of peace, hope, . . . → Read More: Changing the Culture of Ocean Science: a DSN core value
All sperm are not the same. Among fruit flies the longer the reproductive tract of the female the longer the sperm. In tiny crustaceans called ostracods, sperm length can range from several hundred micrometers to several millimeters. And here is some trivia for your next cocktail party, sperm in ostracods can even be longer than . . . → Read More: There Is More Than One Way To Impregnate A Squid
Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures-F. Scott Fitzgerald Quirky, sheepish, fun-loving, lethargic, energetic, aloof, courageous, sensitive You might invoke these words to describe your friends and family. Indeed, you recognize them all by their distinctive personalities. You may even use these terms to describe your beloved dog or cat. But it is hard . . . → Read More: The many personalities of snails and anemones
Jenny Schmidt from U. Illinois and her co-authors have uncovered a fascinating nugget of biology of the whale shark in a recent (and Open Access – w00t!) paper in Endangered Species Research. In it, they continue the analysis of embryos collected from a heavily pregnant female first reported by Joung et al. (1996) in a . . . → Read More: Who’s your daddy?
*Ed. Note: Al’s post was selected by the staff at PLoS One as the April Blog Pick of the Month! Awesome Job Al! – KAZ (Oh boy, have I been looking forward to writing this post! This one is 2 years in the making) Like a lot of biologists, I get to see some really . . . → Read More: Inside the Outside
Sometimes I am stunned by the vastness of the internet, as well as the brief 15-nanoseconds of fame that go along with most of its content. The other day I discovered the ‘Charlie the Unicorn’ videos on YouTube, after (ironically?) having a conversation with a real three-dimensional human. I was excited by this hilarity and . . . → Read More: Deep-sea additions to the Nematode Tree of Life