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Let's Expand Terrestrial Parks into the Ocean

Let's Expand Terrestrial Parks into the Ocean

"A land ethic," the great naturalist writer Aldo Leopold observed toward the end of his famous Sand County Almanac, "reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land." This philosophy of care for the earth's ecosystems and species provides one of the [...]..

December 10, 2014 — Caleb McClennen
The Lawson Trek: Paddling the Intracoastal Waterway

The Lawson Trek: Paddling the Intracoastal Waterway

We stopped for lunch during the first day of the Lawson Trek on an oyster shoal, an uncharacteristically hot October sun stinging my shoulders, but surprisingly unbothered by four hours of kayak paddling...

December 4, 2014 — Scott Huler

The Giant Transparent Ribbons of Eel Larvae

Author's note: This is the latest post in the Wonderful Things series. You can read more about this series here. It is startling how different the larvae of fish can be from the adults that produced them, as I wrote in a blog post a few months ago...

December 3, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

Call of the Orangutan: A Camera Trap Menagerie

In order to get more information about the forest here at the Sikundur research station in North Sumatra, I've set up four camera traps, which I'm using to get a better look at the wildlife around the site...

November 25, 2014 — James Askew
Mistaken Octopus Sex Identity Leads to Multi-Armed Wrestling Match [Video]

Mistaken Octopus Sex Identity Leads to Multi-Armed Wrestling Match [Video]

The octopus, by in large, practices very safe sex. You would, too, if you and the object of your affection were both cannibals. But the algae octopus (Abdopus aculeatus) has developed a relatively sophisticated mating system that involves far more close contact than many other octopus species...

November 7, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Is Smell the Key To an Octopus's Heart?

We know that octopuses have awesome visual systems and super-sensitive suckers. We have even learned that they can hear. But little scientific attention has been paid to their sense of smell...

October 24, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
The Lawson Trek: Finding Something New

The Lawson Trek: Finding Something New

Editor's note: For The Lawson Trek, journalist Scott Huler is retracing the journey of discovery undertaken by canoe and on foot in 1700-1701 by John Lawson, the first observer to carefully describe and catalogue the flora, fauna, geography and inhabitants of the Carolinas...

October 10, 2014 — Scott Huler

Mosquitoes Have Flying, Blood-Sucking Parasites of Their Own

The biting midge Culicoides (Trithecoides) anophelis Edwards is a predator of engorged mosquitoes, which was first described by Edwards in 1922 [1].At least 19 mosquito species in the genera Anopheles, Culex, Aedes and Armigeres have been documented as hosts of C...

October 6, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

First Common Octopus Cannibalism Filmed In the Wild

Perhaps it’s time we stopped feeling quite so bad about eating octopus. Octopuses dine on other octopuses, too. And for the first time, that behavior has been caught on video in the common octopus in the wild—three times...

September 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Wireless Robot Octopus Swims With the Fishes [Video]

Robot octopuses can already walk, jet along and even grasp tools. But new advances have these machines swimming faster than ever. And thanks to the addition of soft, fleshy webs, they’re starting to look—and move—much more like the real thing, too...

September 26, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Urban Science Adventure: Snake spotting

Urban Science Adventure: Snake spotting

Originally posted at Urban Science Adventures! © on November 2, 2010 as Snakes up close. I’ve got to make a confession. I really don’t give reptile (or amphibians) their just due...

September 16, 2014 — DNLee

Eight Great Octopus Videos!

It’s Octopus Chronicles‘ 88th post! To celebrate, I’ve gone on an all-arms hunt through the deep crevasses of the internet to find eight of my favorite octopus videos.

September 12, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Urban Science Adventure: Be on the look out for squirrels and dreys

Urban Science Adventure: Be on the look out for squirrels and dreys

This post was originally published at Urban Science Adventures! © on January 23, 2009 as Urban Wildlife Watch: Squirrels and Dreys. ************************* Squirrels are rodents, so that means they are cousins to chipmunks, mice, rats, voles, and beavers...

September 2, 2014 — DNLee
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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”