July 29, 2014

3:00 PM | Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?
Botanical art has some conventions that have helped the practice remain accurate and disciplined: portions of the plants painted in isolation on white backgrounds; often 1:1 in size with the real... -- Read more on

July 25, 2014

2:27 PM | Heroic Hopper: Piepklein Padda
small narrow-mouth’d frog may you too find refuge in Quilombos forest H/T to A tiny new species of frog from Brazil with a heroic name, EurekAlert   Related articles A tiny new species of frog from Brazil with a heroic … Continue reading →

July 24, 2014

7:05 PM | Whopping Big Insect
megaloptera largest aquatic insect from Chengdu mountain (Managed to resist the mammoth-, the monstrous-, the mountainous-, the mighty-; oh my!) These are worth a squiz: Patrice de la Tour du Pin (discovered via BibliOdyssey) H/T to (It looks unreal!)   Related … Continue reading →

July 23, 2014

8:52 PM | Copyright Crash-Course for Visual Artists
Understanding copyright law is essential for visual artists. At the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s conference last week in Boulder, CO Viva Moffat ran a workshop on contracts and... -- Read more on
1:00 PM | More Science Merit Badges
I did a round of science merit badges earlier this month celebrating people’s understanding and appreciation of evolution, vaccines, and climate change. In this second round (of hopefully many... -- Read more on

July 16, 2014

7:00 PM | Science on a Sphere & Falling in Love Again
This week, the only dedicated science illustration conference in the country is taking place in Boulder, CO. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ annual gathering is in full swing and... -- Read more on

July 11, 2014

12:00 PM | Science Merit Badges
I was only in the Girl Scouts for a few years, but I really like the idea of merit badges: you do a task, master a skill, learn something new, and you get a physical token of your achievement to... -- Read more on
2:36 AM | #Brain article of interest: Headbanging: Doctors highlight potential dangers at hardcore rock 'n' roll acts
"German doctors highlight the potential dangers surrounding headbanging in a Case Report published in The Lancet. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian and colleagues from the Hannover Medical School, detail the case of a man who developed a chronic subdural haematoma (bleeding in the brain) after headbanging at a Motörhead concert.In January 2013, a 50-year-old man came to the neurosurgical department of Hannover Medical School with a 2 week history of a constant worsening headache affecting the whole […]
2:36 AM | #Brain article of interest: How The World Cup's Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton Works [Video]
"Soccer ExoskeletonJuliano Pinto, a paraplegic man, kicks a soccer ball using an exoskeleton built by Miguel Nicolelis and a large team of scientists and engineers.Imagine Science FilmsThe World Cup has drawn more than rabid soccer fans to Brazil. A team of filmmakers are on the ground in Rio de Janeiro documenting the science behind the games, including an exoskeletal kick-off, the genetics of competition, and even the biochemistry of diehard spectators. Here's Imagine Science Films' take on […]

July 09, 2014

2:49 PM | Ancient Arachnid
ancient arachnid blendered into life again trigonotarbid (Not a harvestman!)

July 08, 2014

5:58 PM | Deepest Duvalius
Duvalius abyssimus See the Gizmodo article, and also this interesting one on grotto-dwelling beetles and global warming…

July 07, 2014

2:47 AM | Entrevista a Angela Ruiz - Innovadora en la Arquitectura
La arquitecta, académica, e investigadora española, Angela Ruiz (Fotos: A. Ruiz)Ángela Ruiz es arquitecta, profesora e investigadora en España. Actualmente está desarrollando su tesis doctoral en Arquitectura de los extremos, la Arquitectura del Desierto' (sobre Desarrollo y Sostenibilidad en las zonas desérticas, trabajando en el enfoque bioclimático en la arquitectura del […]

July 06, 2014

12:55 PM | #Brain article of interest: Do not disturb! How the brain filters out distractions
"submitted by burtzev[link] [comment]"from Neuroscience News and Discussion [Read the full article here->]via IFTTT
12:37 AM | So Many Daddy-Longlegses
Opi‘s short-legged cousin: Mindanao‘s Cyphos looks like a tick, but is a rare mite harvestman ( H/T on this ClawsDay to  Rare Daddy-Long-Legs Rediscovered!, by Ronald Clouse.)   Related articles Cyphos Found! Ancient daddy longlegs had an extra set of eyes … Continue reading →

July 02, 2014

12:21 PM | #Brain article of interest: The less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age, new study suggests
"Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) have found evidence that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. These findings, relevant in the context of Singapore's rapidly ageing society, pave the way for future work on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline, including dementia.Past research has examined the impact of sleep duration on cognitive functions in older adults. Though faster brain ventricle enlargement is a marker for […]

July 01, 2014

7:36 PM | Get Geeked – BoneDusters Paleo Ale is Bottled!
For those of you who have been following the story of Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, the beer made with yeast living on a 35-million-year old whale fossil, there’s exciting news out of Lost Rhino... -- Read more on

June 30, 2014

7:42 PM | #Brain article of interest: Seize Control of Your Dreams
" Considering how much of our lives we spend sleeping – years and years, if you added up all our time in slumber – it’s remarkable how much mystery still surrounds this most fundamental of behaviours. Mystery of course is the perfect breeding ground for myths.We need eight hours Even this most trusted tenet of folk wisdom has been challenged recently. Hundreds of historical records show that until the late 17th century, the norm used to be for two separate sessions of sleep […]
3:37 PM | # Brain article of interest: Psychosis – The Brain’s Inner Conflict
Sensation is a function of the five senses: taste, smell, touch, vision and sound. Sensory organs convert stimulation into experiences that can be described as meaningful by means of neural receptors that send sensory information to the brain. Thus, the brain interprets sensory information as experience as meaningful. The human brain experiences the absorption of […] from Brain Blogger IFTTT
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