What is the proper role of theoretical versus empirical work in biology? I self-identify as a theorist, and I do pretty much all of my work sitting at my Mac Pro. However, I did my Ph.D. in Andrew Hendry’s lab, surrounded by empirical biologists working on stickleback, guppies, salmon, and other slimy real-world critters. This was somewhat of an accident; initially, I was interested in doing an empirical Ph.D., but my past as a software engineer meant that I soon shifted […]
Zombie Sharks show harasses sharks for no good reason.
Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine is a fake documentary.
Shark Week lied to scientists to get them to appear in their fake "documentaries".
Megalodon: The monster shark is dead.
Sharkageddon may be the worst Shark Week show *ever*.
Shark Week is making stuff up again.
Ooh, even I made it into this one:
To the female anglerfish, the human male is a very loud, annoying and unnecessarily complicated pair of gonads.Caturday has arrived once again, so it is time to watch some animals doing stuff! Today's caturday animal is the anglerfish, an ancient taxonomic order of bony fishes that arose sometime between 100 and 130 million years ago. (In contrast, humans are mere evolutionary babies, having appeared sometime between just 2 and 6 million years ago.)Anglerfishes got their name from their method
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Widder E.A. (2010). Bioluminescence in the Ocean: Origins of Biological, Chemical, and Ecological Diversity, Science, 328 (5979) 704-708. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1174269
Seagrass and kelp form critical habitats within marine ecosystems. Both grow in shallow water where they serve as critical habitat for animals, and important nutrient recyclers. Continue reading →