Category: Science

“Mine is Bigger than Yours”: Social Media Ranking and Scientists

One of the things I’ve struggled with during my online career is how to figure out what impact, if any, I’m actually creating with all my blogging, tweeting, and other online social media activity.   It […]

International Rock Flipping Day!

Just wanted to remind everyone that September 9, 2012 is International Rock Flipping Day!  This is the 6th annual IRFD. Go outside, and spend some time with your inner kid (or an actual kid).  There are […]

Spineless: Threats to the world’s invertebrates

Hot off the press, a new report published by the Zoological Society of London, in cooperation with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Wildscreen.  You might recognize IUCN as the authors of the […]

Social Media Tips and Tricks #2: Read Smarter

Welcome to part 2 of the series on social media! This series of tips will focus on how to make your online reading more efficient. Social Media Tip #4: Work Smarter, not Harder.  I love […]

Lice on a Bird: Convergent Evolution in action!

A really nice example of how to communicate some fascinating evolutionary biology.  Illinois Natural History Survey ornithologist Kevin  Johnson describes his research on the history of feather lice.  Anyone who works with birds knows they […]

spinnerette panel

Spinnerette

An awesome comic about a graduate student with spider DNA

The horrible truth about Spiderman’s Anatomy

I was on a panel a few weeks ago discussing mutations, and what they can and cannot do.  Spider-man was one of the topics, because the sad truth is that the Comics industry has conspired […]

Pardon me–is this stool taken?

Entomology has a unique advantage over other sciences.   Physicists like to boast about their giant Hadron, but they needed the help of large federal programs to get it up. Entomologists know that it’s not all […]

Can Stick Insects really mate for 1400 hours?

Warning: contains naughty engraving of a stick insect menage a trois