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Sunday Species Snapshot: Daggernose Shark

Sunday Species Snapshot: Daggernose Shark

These small sharks pose no threats to humans. The opposite, however, cannot be said. Species name: Daggernose shark (Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus).

December 1, 2013 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Cuban Crocodile

Sunday Species Snapshot: Cuban Crocodile

These small, aggressive crocodiles once dominated their habitats. That is no longer the case. Species name: Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) Where found: The Cuban crocodile once existed on quite a few Caribbean islands...

December 15, 2013 — John R. Platt
Bird behaviour, the ‘deep time’ perspective

Bird behaviour, the ‘deep time’ perspective

The behaviour of long-extinct animals remains an area of major public and scientific interest the great perennial problem being that were always massively constrained, if not crippled, by a frustrating lack of data...

January 27, 2014 — Darren Naish
A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution’s Forgotten Hero

A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution’s Forgotten Hero

When people think about evolution, the most obvious name that comes to mind is Charles Darwin. Alfred Russell Wallace is rarely given the credit he deserves for his work on the subject, which is unfortunate...

December 31, 2013 — Carin Bondar
Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013

Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013

Its been a good year for strange animals. Which is something you could probably say about every year ever because animals are strange. So heres my Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013, ordered from most strange to slightly less strange...

December 24, 2013 — Bec Crew
Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

A primate that lives only in wetlands? That alone makes the Alaotran gentle lemur unique. But this tiny lemur lives in incredibly limited constrained habitat, which continues to shrink around it...

December 22, 2013 — John R. Platt
Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

We all know that the male octopus uses his third right arm as a penis. (Oh, you didn’t? It’s true. Sometimes he even detaches it to give to the female.) In fact, all of the arms, if not so specialized, are easily identifiableas numbers one, two, three or four on the left or right side...

December 22, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

DNA is important stuff. It’s present in all living organisms on the planet (or ‘almost all’ if you wish to remain friends with virologists) and contains the information required to produce and organise the proteins within a cell...

December 22, 2013 — S.E. Gould
A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

My plan was to get something else finished for Tet Zoo before Christmas but, alas, that just wasn’t possible. So here’s this… And for those of you who want to see more detail, here are enlarged versions… And for all of you Squamozoic fans who need a labelled version… For more on the Squamozoic go [...]..

December 21, 2013 — Darren Naish
Candid Camera (Trap): The Worlds Rarest Big Cat

Candid Camera (Trap): The Worlds Rarest Big Cat

“The Amur or Far Eastern leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis, is the worlds most endangered big cat, and the only one known to be adapted to the cold, snowy environment in which it lives...

December 18, 2013 — Carin Bondar
Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Video of the Week #105, August 14th, 2013: From: #SciAmBlogs Thursday – glass sponges, dog sounds, sharks friends, med school interviews, and more.

August 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Why Mosquitoes Like You and Not Me

Why Mosquitoes Like You and Not Me

The mosquito is so small it takes almost nothing to ruin it.–Mary Oliver Mosquitoes devour some people and ignore others. If they like you, swat a dozen and a dozen more appear in their place, inserting their mouthparts into your capillaries and imbibing as quickly as they can...

August 13, 2013 — Rob Dunn
Google Science Fair 2013: A Hangout in a Swamp

Google Science Fair 2013: A Hangout in a Swamp

We had a fun first today for the 2013 Google Science Fair Hangouts On Air series of live chats with researchers around the world: with the aid of a smart phone propped up by two fossil bones, we streamed live from a Virginia swamp for a session called Paleo Quest: Venturing into the Unknown...

August 12, 2013 — Mariette DiChristina
Maxims Are Fitter Than Maximization

Maxims Are Fitter Than Maximization

Maxims matter more than maximization. Much in life isn’t quantifiable, much less numerically maximizable. Words, logic, images, and patterns all can express more than numbers can.

August 30, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis