(Source: buingu, via tentaclegarden)
Source: A. Bachar They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” As cliche as it is, that phrase could not resonate more clearly for this visual learner than when I am flipping through a 10 lb. biology textbook full of thousands of words. I can read through pages and pages describing some ecological process … → Read More: From coast to canvas: The art of biological illustration http://dlvr.it/3LC8cr
Love, love, love, love this video. Marine scientist Cassandra Brooks strapped a camera to the front of NSF’s icebreaker the Nathaniel B. Palmer as it sailed for two months through the ice-choked Ross Sea off Antartica. But unlike her, you don’t have to sit through two-months of ice smashing while fighting your shipmates for the … → Read More: Break through 2 months of Antarctic sea ice in 5 minutes http://dlvr.it/3KyWqw
Lower Cretaceous hermit crab in an Ammonite shell
Based on In situ fossil hermit crabs (Paguroidea) from northwest Europe and Russia [PDF]
The Hauterivian (Lower Cretaceous) hermit crab, Palaeopagurus vandelenengeli, in a simberskitine ammonite shell.
From the Speeton Clay Beds of Speeton, Yorkshire England.
COMPASS recently published a commentary in PLOS Biology on the journey from science outreach to meaningful engagement. This post attempts to synthesize a series of reactions, reflections, and personal experiences that followed with the hope to expand the conversation. Read the summary post here, or track the conversation by searching for #reachingoutsci Image courtesy of … → Read More: Outreach, the academic formula, and the need for critical examination http://dlvr.it/3Km3hS
The deep-sea Osedax bone-devouring worms could easily have been the poster child for Deep-Sea News instead of the Giant Squid. Below is list of 10 reasons why Osedax are the shiznit. The chicas are freaky. All whalebone-eating, female worms have dwarf males, up to 114 in Osedax rubiplumus, fruiting around inside of their body. The … → Read More: 10 Reasons Why Bone Eating Worms Are F’n Awesome http://dlvr.it/3K74Q7
Landscapes and Vistas
Can you smell that? Despite being spring it smells just a little less green. Indeed, there is a little less green around me. Sure the plants around me in North Carolina are in full emerald plumage. However the green that really matters—dollars, money, cash, currency, dough, bread, Benjamins, dough, bank, cabbage, chedda, dead presidents, folding … → Read More: A New Stereomicroscope for $440? http://dlvr.it/3JbSH6
MBARI’s research expeditions sometimes yield encounters with extraordinary animals. During MBARI’s 2003 expedition to the Gulf of California, scientists spotted this massive jelly known as Stygiomedusa gigantea 1,300 meters below the surface of the Gulf. Its enormous reddish brown bell stretched about a meter (three feet) across and its oral arms were at least three meters (10 feet) long.
The researchers also collected a small fish in the genus Thalassobathia that was swimming over the jelly’s bell and among its billowing oral arms. In over 20 years of deep-sea dives, MBARI researchers have only seen Stygiomedusa jellies three times, so finding this drifting behemoth provided a truly memorable experience.
(via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
* look at that frisky little Lumpfish (Psychlorutes sp.) clinging to the side of the bell :3