Category Archives: biology

No good deed goes unpunished

I am recovering today from a misadventure. Yesterday, while cutting through the nearby park on my regular hill walk, I came across a curious sight: a whole pile of cute, fuzzy caterpillars on the sidewalk. Given their position, I thought … Continue reading

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The Adorable Octopus

One of the things scientists and naturalists are often loathe to admit in public is that they find all sorts of things cute. For instance, when I worked at a public aquarium, one of my favorite creatures in the whole … Continue reading

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Bee timelapse

When photographer Anand Varma was given an assignment on bees for National Geographic, he decided to work with a local beekeeper and keep a hive in his backyard. Familiarity bred fascination, and Varma fell in love with the intricate lives … Continue reading

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Bits and pieces

Time for another “let’s start the weekend right” post, by clearing out some bits and pieces. First up, a video left by commenter Erik that could serve as a meditative aid: the life of a baby hummingbird, from hatching to … Continue reading

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How speakers make sound and other cool animated graphics

Want to lose some time today? Check out Animagraffs.com and its wildly entertaining gifs explaining how various things work in our world. I happened to stumble on the explanation of how speakers make sound, and was hooked from the very … Continue reading

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This ‘n’ that

While working hard on deadlines, I kept tossing interesting things into a folder and thinking I’d blog them later. That folder needs a good cleaning, so here’s a link dump to start off your weekend. *** In a classic example … Continue reading

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Anti-arachnophobe post

Remember when I posted that video of the gigantoid web produced in Brazil by a colony of cooperatively-hunting spiders? And many of you North Americans said, “OH GOD — well, at least that’s in South America and not here”? Guess … Continue reading

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Cool sciency stuff

Or in the first instance, hot. The director of aerial imagery for DJI, a company that builds drones, joined up with a photographer who had the right permits and contacts to get extremely close to Holuhraun’s eruption in Iceland. The … Continue reading

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Filed under “What the hell is that?”

Pilots of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) are always getting to see cool stuff in the ocean depths, but this one takes the cake. Tentatively identified as a siphonophore — a collective group of organisms operating as a single entity — … Continue reading

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A link dump for your weekend

A bunch of interesting things have gathered in my tabs lately, so here are a few for your weekend enjoyment. — First, go full screen and enjoy this gorgeous time lapse of 30 different European locations…including Lisboa and what looks … Continue reading

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