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October 23, 4004 B.C.: Happy Birthday Earth!

October 23, 4004 B.C.: Happy Birthday Earth!

October 23 is (in)famous as supposed earth’s birthday – this date is mentioned in many textbooks retelling the life of Irish Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656).

October 22, 2013 — David Bressan
A tongue-wrestling interlude, from the azhdarchids

A tongue-wrestling interlude, from the azhdarchids

I’d like to talk to you about the recently announced ‘Yeti DNA’ discovery just featured on British television; I’d like to talk to you about tail feathers in Cretaceous maniraptoran dinosaurs (O’Connor et al...

October 22, 2013 — Darren Naish

Handy resource for freshwater protists and micro-adventuring

There exists a wonderful book with an illustrated key to the more common protists you can find in freshwater: Free-Living Freshwater Protozoa by Paddy Patterson. However, as many good things in life, it is out of print and thus very expensive (though relatively cheap-ish in the above link at the time of writing this)...

October 16, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction
Astronaut versus Cowboy Ethics

Astronaut versus Cowboy Ethics

“Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.” So said Garrett Hardin to correct misreadings of his misnamed “tragedy of the commons.” He’s partly right.

October 11, 2013 — Jag Bhalla
Friday Weird Science: Oral Sex Gets Fishy

Friday Weird Science: Oral Sex Gets Fishy

I’m over at Neurotic Physiology today for Friday Weird Science! You might think that oral sex, though possibly fun, wouldn’t be a very evolutionarily USEFUL thing to do.

October 11, 2013 — Scicurious
Colder Than Ice: Researchers Discover How Microbes Survive in Subfreezing Conditions

Colder Than Ice: Researchers Discover How Microbes Survive in Subfreezing Conditions

Most microbial researchers grow their microbes in petri-dishes to study how they grow and how they respond to damaging conditions. But researchers in Louisiana State University’s Department of Biological Sciences are doing something almost unheard of: studying microbes under freezing conditions to understand how organisms could survive for hundreds of thousands of years in deep [...]..

October 10, 2013 — Paige Brown
The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

Image of the Week #112 October 8th, 2013: From: The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World by Becky Crew at Running Ponies. Source: GondwanaGirl Discovered and named in 2007, Malo kingi, also called the Common Kingslayer, is an extremely venomous, very small sea jelly...

October 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Happy International Octopus Day!

Happy International Octopus Day!

October 8 is International Octopus day (naturally)—and kicks off International Cephalopod Awareness Days. Perhaps I am a little biased, having written a book about them, but I think these animals deserve at least one day of celebration...

October 8, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Use this simple photographic trick to make tiny insect eggs look enormous

Use this simple photographic trick to make tiny insect eggs look enormous

Step 1. Wait at the eggs for a parasitoid wasp to arrive. Step 2. Photograph the wasp laying her own eggs into her target, like so: Step 3: Marvel at how a fully developed wasp in all her intricate detail is an order of magnitude smaller than the egg of a butterfly...

October 8, 2013 — Alex Wild
Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

I like iguanian lizards – who doesn’t? Among the enormous number of taxa that you hardly ever hear anything about is the endemic Argentinean taxon Leiosaurus, type species of Leiosauridae...

October 7, 2013 — Darren Naish
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