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From the Archives: Shrimp Tails - Describing a New Species

***Just wanted to thank everyone for the support while my son was ill. It meant so much to me! It took 2 and half weeks, a transfer to a regional children's hospital and a surgical tube in his chest to drain nearly 80mL of fluid that compressed his lung, due to the infection...

February 26, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Scientists, Fight For Access!

Ask many scientists what they believe separates the pursuit of scientific inquiry from most everything else and you'll get a wide range of open-ended, flowery, idealistic, and nearly altruistic, statements like "unlock the mysteries of the world", "the thrill of discovery", "making a meaningful contribution to society", or "improving people's lives"...

January 6, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

The (Mis)use of Messaging in Biodiversity Loss Prevention

One of the challenges of biodiversity conservation is evoking a sense of place and an urgency of action to people. When we can’t even agree on a definition of what biodiversity is, it makes it all the more difficult to tell the public they should give a damn...

January 4, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Cave-Dwelling Invertebrates Enjoy Exotic Cuisine

[caption id="attachment_365" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Jenolan Caves, Australia. CC licensed image courtesy of flickr user avlxyz."][/caption] While the deep-sea may be the final frontier for marine biologists, caves remain one of the most elusive frontiers on (or rather, under) the land...

December 28, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Jumping Spiders Take the Leafen Path

[caption id="attachment_351" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="Phidippus princeps, a jumping spider. Click image to see them in motion! Image still by Thomas Shahan."][/caption] As we carve out our domains for home, business or farm among the landscape, we give little thought to our eco-engineering on the previous denizens we "annexed" the land from...

December 23, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

The Message Reigns Over the Medium

[caption id="attachment_344" align="alignleft" width="235" caption="Metaphor for science communication?"][/caption] What would happen if scientists took to the internet en masse and wrote about what they are most interested in?...

December 19, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Evolution's Tempo, Movement II: Allegro

Previously - Evolution's Tempo, Movement I: Adagio Small changes can have big effects. The mood of a piece is set by is tempo. You can play the same notes, in the same style but change the speed at which you play it and it takes on an entirely different meaning...

December 6, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Microscopic Worlds

Stunning video of microscopic life. While the creator of the video laments his narration and audio quality, I found it sort of entrancing. Check out Daniel Stoupin's article of how this movie was made with his $8 budget...

November 13, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Evolution

LOL, a scientifically peer-reviewed rap set. This is interesting way to communicate evolution. My only worry is that it makes hip rap music to scientists, not science music to rappers.

November 1, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Penises Shaped By Waves (In Barnacles)

[caption id="attachment_239" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Semibalanus balanoides, Photo from Wikimedia Commons"][/caption] The following is edited from a post I published in 2008...

October 26, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Evolutionary Biology Needs Viral Marketing

[caption id="attachment_176" align="alignleft" width="279" caption="Stickleback stamp from Faroe Islands. Public Domain, artwork by Astrid Andreasen, 1994."][/caption] What is the first thing you do when you want to find something out these days?...

October 22, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Curious Critters

[caption id="attachment_207" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click image to go to Amazon page."][/caption] I love reviewing children's books.

October 19, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

The Carnival of Evolution!

Welcome to the 40th edition of the Carnival of Evolution! The CoE is your monthly one-stop non-stop all-you-can-eat buffet of change over time in the online blogospheric world of wonders!...

October 5, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio
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