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Look into the Eyes: paleoart by Stevie Moore

Look into the Eyes: paleoart by Stevie Moore

I think it’s the eyes. There is a lot of paleoart out there, and we feature a lot of it here on Symbiartic. Something about dinosaurs attracts some of the very best nature and science illustrators out there...

November 30, 2013 — Glendon Mellow
Good Microbes Make Good Pets

Good Microbes Make Good Pets

THIS is good scicomm. Why? Well, for many reasons – good writing, good sound, good editing – but by far the most apparent, the reason most people will sit up and take note is because of the strong visuals...

November 25, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
A Closer Look at a Tiny, Floating Horde

A Closer Look at a Tiny, Floating Horde

It’s a strange but true fact that the young of many familiar sea creatures look nothing like them. Drifting on currents to distribute their kind, they are an unsung part of the plankton, itself an unsung part of the sea...

February 2, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
Conservation’s Holy Grail: ‘Asian Unicorn’ Sighted in Vietnam

Conservation’s Holy Grail: ‘Asian Unicorn’ Sighted in Vietnam

One of the rarest creatures in Asia has been spotted in the wild for the first time in nearly 15 years. A camera trap in Vietnam has captured three fleeting images of a single saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) walking next to a stream in the rainforests of the Annamite Mountains...

November 18, 2013 — John R. Platt
Banned Pesticide DDT Is Still Killing California Condors

Banned Pesticide DDT Is Still Killing California Condors

Just one week after the California legislature voted to ban lead ammunition to protect California condors from the toxic substance, which they can consume via carcasses shot by hunters, new research shows that the critically endangered birds are also still at risk from another long-banned toxic substance: the pesticide DDT...

September 20, 2013 — John R. Platt
16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

16 Arms + 6 Hearts = Love? Watch an Octopus Blind Date Live

  This Valentine’s Day, two octopuses are getting set up on a blind date. And you can watch what happens. Ace, a male giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) between 40 and 50 pounds and two-and-a-half to three-years old, and YoYo, a female of a similar size and age, will be introduced for the first time [...]..

February 14, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Manumea Found: Strange Bird Seen Breeding for the First Time in a Decade

Manumea Found: Strange Bird Seen Breeding for the First Time in a Decade

When a rare species is seen and photographed for the first time in a decade, it tends to be cause for celebration. When that sighting is of a juvenile, indicating that the rare species is breeding…well then, it might be time to break out the champagne...

February 11, 2014 — John R. Platt
Land-Walking Octopus Explained [Video]

Land-Walking Octopus Explained [Video]

The slimy-looking cephalopod, captured in a rare video crawling over land, has many people (queasily) asking whether such bizarre-looking behavior is unusual for these animals.

November 24, 2011 — Katherine Harmon Courage
The beauty of sewage

The beauty of sewage

Microbiologists might comprise the vast majority of people who get excited about sewage and other putrid-smelling places. A sample of activated sludge or a treatment pond make wonderful presents for bacteriologists and protistologists alike...

January 31, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction
Three views of a diatom

Three views of a diatom

Starting with something perhaps more familiar, like a diatom, here I wanted to show an example of what different optical sections can reveal about an object in the microscope.

October 31, 2012 — Psi Wavefunction
A Natural Disturbance

A Natural Disturbance

I have a draft composition of the next Evolution’s Tempo movement, but it appears that an unexpected natural disturbance has occurred in my blogging schedule.

August 25, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio
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