As has been obvious over the latter half of 2012, I'm not very active online in blogging anymore. I moved my occupation into real life and conducted a few training workshops in science communication.
When it gets down it, in some biologists' views anyways, it is all about sex. Well, at least for much of the plant and animal kingdoms. Every physiological adaption or morphological innovation comes about because it enabled some ancestors to survive, but becomes a trait of a species or a lineage because it gets passed on down the line of descendants.
[caption id="attachment_659" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Screenshot from TV4's Kalla Fakta"][/caption] Over here in socialist paradise (a.k.a.
With the latest tirade against the Public Broadcast Service (PBS) by republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the first debate, it is worth to look at a world without PBS through children's eyes.
One of the creeds of the open access movement is that free access to literature aides the transfer of knowledge from wealthier, better funded nations to researchers in developing nations.
[caption id="attachment_609" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="My Pale Ale off my back porch. Pale and caramel malts, loaded with Cascade hops, and fermented with an American Ale strain of Saccharomyces cervisiae."][/caption] If there is one thing I enjoy more than beer, it is more beer.
[caption id="attachment_603" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="Mountainfit cover illustration by Diana Sudyka: http://thetinyaviary.blogspot.com."][/caption] A week before I was moving overseas to Sweden I caught the tailwinds of a retweet on twitter from someone I follow.
I'm Back! Miss me? Thought I had dropped off the face of the Earth? Well, given my blog stat numbers and the internet attention span you probably forgot I existed.
Last week the Story Collider held a 2 year anniversary and stocked it full of I AM SCIENCE stories. Though I was supposed to attend and present, I had to cancel cause we were still settling into our new home in Sweden and the travel costs were approaching astronomical.
In Småland, everything seems to revolve around the forest. Dirt roads make their way into a sea of pines, birches and oaks. Only mildly dotted with small villages every several kilometers.
[caption id="attachment_559" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Dunsjömåla, a typical Swedish villa in the middle of the forest."][/caption] Linda's father lives in Småland, literally meaning "small lands" - not because things are tiny here, but it was historically made up of several smaller, independent lands.
[caption id="attachment_554" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Entrance to Dunsjömåla, means "bird life". "][/caption] After 8 hours of driving to Virginia, 6 hours driving to Newark, 3 hours wait in the airport, 8 hours flight over the Atlantic and finally a 6 hour drive to the south, we are finally home again for the first time.
[caption id="attachment_549" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Swede and two halflings safely aboard the plane to Sweden."][/caption] Strangely, we arrived in Sweden without any major problems.
As I am getting to ready to begin a new chapter of my life in my wife's homeland, I will keep a journal here to mark my thoughts and transitions to life as an expat American in Sweden.
[caption id="attachment_529" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="Color in males and females: Color functions as signal for male fighting ability.
The species concept "problem" has pervaded for many years and will not be resolved anytime soon, if ever. The problem, of course, being that no two scientists will agree on universal definitions of what the darn things are!
Sorry about the dust and cobwebs! I'm in the middle of a move to a new country. Moving my family to Sweden has taken it's toll on my "free time." People have been very interested about the move, why I'm doing, how it's going, what I'll do there, etc.
When you don't know what to do, but know you should do something, what do you do? Rage against the machine! Or... sign an online petition? In a bid to call attention to the decades old problem of Joseph Kony, a horrible man who steals children and brainwashes them into serving in his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the nonprofit group Invisible Children has created a new campaign to keep political pressure on Congress to maintain a US military presence in Uganda to hunt Kony down and bring him to justice.
It has been just 45 days since I wrote about my nontraditional pathway into science at Deep Sea News . This post and the resulting hashtag #IamScience on Twitter resulted in an explosion of stories from 140 character tweets to several hundred blog posts from an enormously diverse group of online scientists.
[caption id="attachment_479" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Behold! The Sieve!"][/caption] Behold the sieve. It is a marine biologist's best friend, saving hours of sorting and enabling us to quantify ecosystems.