Weird Fish

If you’d told me yes­ter­day that there’s a fish with a trans­par­ent head, I would­n’t have believed you. I cer­tain­ly would­n’t have imag­ined that any­thing would look up and around through its own head for a greater range of vision! But that is exact­ly what the bar­rel­eye (Macropin­na micros­toma) does. http://www.youtube.com/v/RM9o4VnfHJU

Choose Your Science Idol!

UCS Lab Coat car­toon From the Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists: This spring, to draw humor­ous atten­tion to the seri­ous issue of polit­i­cal inter­fer­ence in sci­ence, we offered Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists sup­port­ers the chance to enter Sci­ence Idol: the Sci­en­tif­ic Integri­ty Edi­to­r­i­al Car­toon Con­test. Please vote on the right for your favorite of the 12 […]

Bisexual Species: Unorthodox Sex in the Animal Kingdom: Scientific American

This could have gone in my last post, con­sid­er­ing Porter’s life ;-) Thanks to Scott Bragg for the link. Bisex­u­al Species: Unortho­dox Sex in the Ani­mal King­dom: Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can … as many as 1,500 species of wild and cap­tive ani­mals that have been observed engag­ing in homo­sex­u­al activ­i­ty. Researchers have seen such same-sex goings-on in both […]

Water from Stone?

Water From Rock, Eas­i­er Than Blood From Stone Gyp­sum, a rocky min­er­al is abun­dant in desert regions where fresh water is usu­al­ly in very short sup­ply but oil and gas fields are com­mon. Writ­ing in Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Glob­al Envi­ron­men­tal Issues, Peter van der Gaag of the Hol­land Inno­va­tion Team, in Rot­ter­dam, The Nether­lands, has hit […]

Katie’s Fall Report Card

We got Katie’s report card in, and she did in fact get all As! She’s well into the next semes­ter now. Because every­body else was reg­is­tered for this year last spring, the advanced physics course was full and she’s in the “nor­mal” physics course. She is crazy bored. I mean, this is seri­ous­ly the first time […]

From Katie: Learning by Doing

An awe­some arti­cle by Seed mag­a­zine (my cur­rent favorite mag­a­zine!) about learn­ing by doing. Appar­ent­ly, that’s how we learn best. When we learn by doing, we retain the infor­ma­tion we’ve learned much bet­ter than if it’s pre­sent­ed to us in an abstract way. How We Know: What do an alge­bra teacher, Toy­ota, and a classical […]

Is walking next?

Device writes on water Researchers at Akishi­ma Lab­o­ra­to­ries (Mit­sui Zosen), work­ing in con­junc­tion with pro­fes­sor Shigeru Naito of Osa­ka Uni­ver­si­ty, have devel­oped a device that uses waves to draw text and pic­tures on the sur­face of the water. The device con­sists of 50 water wave gen­er­a­tors encir­cling a cylin­dri­cal tank 1.6 meters in diam­e­ter and 30 […]

SciFri: Bionics & Tissue Engineering

I just lis­tened to this epid­sode of a pod­cast that I like a lot; Sci­ence Fri­day: Mak­ing Sci­ence Radioac­tive. In this episode, sev­er­al peo­ple are inter­viewed about things relat­ing to the top­ic. Here’s some of the things that they dis­cuss: A mile­stone in sci­ence: Blad­ders are grown in labs and then put into chil­dren who […]

Atlanta-Area Folks: Star-Gazing at Emory This Friday

From a mail­ing list I’m on. Sounds fun, although I can’t remem­ber what else is hap­pen­ing in our lives this Fri­day. Obvi­ous­ly, it’s open to the pub­lic, or it would­n’t have been sent to the list I’m on :-) Cyn Dear Mem­bers of the Emory Com­mu­ni­ty, You, your fam­i­ly, and friends are cor­dial­ly invit­ed to join members […]

Go Watch the Sunset Tonight

Space Weath­er News for Sept. 6, 2005 SUNSET PLANETS: On Tues­day, Sept. 6th–that’s today–the cres­cent moon will leap up from the glare of the Sun to join Venus and Jupiter in the west­ern sky at sun­set. It’s going to be a beau­ti­ful sight; don’t miss it! Bonus: Can you see a ghost­ly glow across the dark […]

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