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February 14, 2015

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8:00 AM | This is Toothless, aka #megamouth66 getting ready to be put on...
This is Toothless, aka #megamouth66 getting ready to be put on display in the Philippines. The team ‘built’ his smile to show the filter feeding apparatus. LAMAVE reports “A recent study sustains that the white band above the upper lip is a bioluminescent organ that is used by the ‪#‎megamouth‬ to attract prey at depth.”So damn cool.Photo source.
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8:00 AM | This is Toothless, aka #megamouth66 getting ready to be put on...
This is Toothless, aka #megamouth66 getting ready to be put on display in the Philippines. The team ‘built’ his smile to show the filter feeding apparatus. LAMAVE reports “A recent study sustains that the white band above the upper lip is a bioluminescent organ that is used by the ‪#‎megamouth‬ to attract prey at depth.”So damn cool.Photo source.
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1:03 AM | Shell Shocked: A Diver’s Guide to Ocean Acidification
Shell Shocked: A Diver’s Guide to Ocean Acidification: Ocean acidification is the result of...
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1:03 AM | Shell Shocked: A Diver’s Guide to Ocean Acidification
Shell Shocked: A Diver’s Guide to Ocean Acidification: Ocean acidification is the result of...

February 13, 2015

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9:50 PM | To co-author or not to co-author?
Writing an academic paper with multiple authors can be problematic at times (for examples see this article and comments on the article), but when do you even make people a co-author? There are problems across scientific fields with co-authors being added who did not contribute significantly to papers, for example heads of labs or departments, or […]
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3:58 PM | A Glaucous Gull, of course!
The good thing about talking with larophiles is that you can get a quick answer on a bird they feel is obvious. The bad thing about talking with larophiles is that one feels a dope when they all recognize what the bird is immediately and then assume that one is utterly ignorant of all things […]
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3:29 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – I can SEE what you’re thinking!
Humans are edging closer and closer to telepathic communication where one human communicates with another purely from thinking. Wait… what’s that you say? We are already there?! Like something out of a sci-fi thriller neuroscientists in Europe and America demonstrated the viability of direct brain-to-brain communications in humans. In the neuroscientific equivalence of telepathic instant […]

February 12, 2015

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5:11 PM | Charles Darwin's Ocean Upwelling
[php]Charles Darwin is so well known he almost needs no introduction. The 19th-century naturalist and geologist spent his life documenting and collecting information on the natural world. From birds to flowers to invertebrates, living and extinct, all species and their distributions held his interest, and he yearned to explain the great diversity of life—the "endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful"—that he observed. After more than 20 years of reading, writing, asking […]

February 11, 2015

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4:05 PM | Bureo is making global waves
This post is one of a series on projects supported by the Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF). Through MCAF, the Aquarium supports researchers, conservationists and grassroots organizations all around the world as they work to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean. Guest bloggers Ben Kneppers and David Stover, of Bureo Skateboards, recently shared an update:
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2:00 PM | Summer Camps 2015
All Ready to Sign Up? Download the 2015 Summer Camp brochure and registration form Download the Summer Camp Scholarship form Don't be shy! Our scholarship fund is meant to help everyone attend camp. Want to know more before you download forms? Read on to find out all about our summer camps and our talented, kid-loving camp staff! By the way, we still have space in winter camps next Tuesday and Wednesday. Camps for Ages 6 to 15 Kids at every age bring unique abilities and perspective to their […]
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12:30 PM | Bioshock Oceanographic: How deep is Rapture?
“To build a city at the bottom of the sea! Insanity. But where else could we be free from the clutching hand of the Parasites? Where else could we build an economy that they would not try to control, a society that they would not try to destroy? It was not impossible to build Rapture […]
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2:33 AM | Ok, NOW it’s starting (well, soon!)! Toothless has been...
Ok, NOW it’s starting (well, soon!)! Toothless has been defrosting overnight and is getting ready to be examined this morning. [Photo Credit: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines]Follow #megamouth66 on Twitter and Facebook or straight from the biologist’s mouths at:LAMAVE: Instagram, TwitterMarine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines: Facebook, TwitterSo damn envious/excited/geeked out right now.
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2:33 AM | Ok, NOW it’s starting (well, soon!)! Toothless has been...
Ok, NOW it’s starting (well, soon!)! Toothless has been defrosting overnight and is getting ready to be examined this morning. [Photo Credit: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines]Follow #megamouth66 on Twitter and Facebook or straight from the biologist’s mouths at:LAMAVE: Instagram, TwitterMarine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines: Facebook, TwitterSo damn envious/excited/geeked out right now.

February 10, 2015

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1:06 PM | Sorry guys...
…necropsy is tomorrow! #megamouth66
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1:06 PM | Sorry guys...
…necropsy is tomorrow! #megamouth66
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12:44 PM | Natural History in Unexpected Places: WONDERFEST-Japanese Science Fiction Toy Show!
JAPAN! So many amazing things! Sometimes in unexpected places!!Today, an unusual post. As many of you know I'm currently visiting Japan to study the Sea Stars of Japan at the National Museum of Nature and Science. In a happy coincidence with this year's visit, my trip took place at the same time as the massive Japanese science fiction/toy and model-kit show called Wonder Festival.  I have a uh... passing interest in Japanese pop culture.. Godzilla, Ultraman, so forth...and so, why […]
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11:01 AM | It’s starting! #megamouth66
It’s starting! #megamouth66
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4:31 AM | Megamouth Madness
Do you guys want to learn more about Megamouth sharks? My friends from LAMAVE and Marine Wildlife...
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4:31 AM | Megamouth Madness
Do you guys want to learn more about Megamouth sharks? My friends from LAMAVE and Marine Wildlife...

February 09, 2015

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6:59 PM | Short one today
Seanetter Jerry Golub sent a picture of *gasp* a LIVE bird for us to consider. What do you think of this one? Apologies for the brevity; it’s another snow day here in New Hampshire and my kids are going stir crazy. Time for some sledding.
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6:30 PM | Slime mould and researcher set to play piano duet
SUMMARY: A single-celled organism will perform a piano duet with a computer musician at Plymouth University on 1 March 2015. The public is invited. A scientist and a single-celled organism will perform a piano duet at Biomusic, the 10th Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. Professor of Computer Music, Eduardo Miranda, and a slime mould will premiere Professor Miranda’s new composition, Biocomputer Music, on a musical bio-computer that he and his team designed. Professor Miranda is […]

Nakagaki T., Yamada H. & Tóth Á. (2000). Intelligence: Maze-solving by an amoeboid organism, Nature, 407 (470) DOI: 10.1038/35035159

Saigusa T., Toshiyuki Nakagaki & Yoshiki Kuramoto (2008). Amoebae Anticipate Periodic Events, Physical Review Letters, 100 (1) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.100.018101

Miranda E.R., Adamatzky A. & Jones J. (2011). Sounds Synthesis with Slime Mould of Physarum polycephalum, Journal of Bionic Engineering, 8 107-113. arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.1203

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12:28 PM | Birdbooker Report 353-9
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]

February 08, 2015

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11:57 PM | Dead on a Beach
I haven’t posted much lately, and I’m going to blame the sunshine. This is the first rainstorm that we’ve had this year, and only the second of our winter rainy season. It’s just been too nice outside to sit inside … Continue reading →

February 07, 2015

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2:00 PM | Shots First, Ask Questions Later
The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 2/8/2015. In America, enshrined in our First Amendment, we have a right to voicing our own opinions. But ever since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, I’ve been thinking about whether free speech does have limits. If what I say ends up hurting others, or even myself, I may have a right to say it… but should I? We call ourselves the freest country in the world, but the vast majority of […]
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12:00 AM | lifeofafuturemarinebiologist: Viper moray eel by Lazaro Ruda on...
lifeofafuturemarinebiologist: Viper moray eel by Lazaro Ruda on Flickr.
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12:00 AM | lifeofafuturemarinebiologist: Viper moray eel by Lazaro Ruda on...
lifeofafuturemarinebiologist: Viper moray eel by Lazaro Ruda on Flickr.

February 06, 2015

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5:59 PM | Looking for Love? Online Dating Under the Sea
[php]Love is in the air at the National Museum of Natural History! Our scientists are helping species look for love in this series of “dating profiles” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For more dating options head over to the Unearthed Blog from Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History! We're partial to the sea otter and the triplewart seadevil!...
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3:14 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Those Genes Look Tasty
In a very basic sense there is a general dichotomy in the grouping of organisms on this planet as either a plant or as an animal. Myself, like most of the rest of you, belong to the animal group, but there are those organisms out there that exists on the boundary; one in particular is the sea slug, […]

February 05, 2015

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8:07 PM | Have We Hit The Chicken Little Point In Ocean Conservation?
[php]Credit: Illustration from "Chicken Little" in the New Barnes Reader vol.1, New York, 1916 The sky is falling! The sky is falling! So cries Chicken Little (or Chicken Licken, or Henny Penny, depending on the telling) in the well-known folk tale. In the story, an acorn falls on Chicken Little’s head, and she takes it as a sign...
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2:34 PM | Communing over the dead: Seanetters and vultures
Edward posted a comment on the last post that I think is quite useful, and thus, I share it here in its entirety. He writes first about the identity of the set of wings featured in that post, and I concur with his assessment that this is a female common eider. “My first impression is […]
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