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Phylogenetics of Euparkeriids

Systematics of putative euparkeriids (Diapsida: Archosauriformes) from the Triassic of China Authors:Sookias et alAbstract:The South African species Euparkeria capensis is of great importance for understanding the early radiation ofShow More Summary

A Second Helping of Turkey

Are you done with your Thanksgiving leftovers yet? You might think so, but not quite. We have one more helping of Turkey for you. This is “Another Helping of Turkey,” the second of two installments of Eat This Podcast with Jeremy Cherfas: The domestication of the turkey probably first took place around 2000 years ago…

Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Gain New Protections

Bluefin tuna (Thynnus thynnus). (Photo: Oceana / Keith Ellenbogen) Western Atlantic bluefin tuna are sleek, torpedo-like fish that can power through the ocean’s depths at over 40 miles per hour. They’re top ocean predators, preying on mackerel, herring, squid, eels, and crustaceans, but they’re also some of the most coveted fish in the world. read more

Ocean Roundup: Filefish Use Chemical Scent to Camouflage, Bangladesh Oil Spill Threatening Endangered Dolphins, and More

An orange-spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). These fish both look and smell like coral reef habitat to hide from predators. (Photo: jaredzimmerman [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons) - Nicaragua's Pearl Cays region has seen a large increase in hawksbill sea turtle nests since 2000, from about 154 nests in 2000 to 468 in 2014. Show More Summary

Crypto-helical Body Plan in Cambrian Paleozoic Gogiid Echinoderms

Crypto-helical body plan in partially disarticulated gogiids from the Cambrian of South ChinaAuthors: Lin et alAbstract:All living echinoderms have a pentaradial symmetry that is unique within the Bilateria. However, the Cambrian origin of echinoderm radial/pentaradiate symmetry is a long-standing problem. Show More Summary

OA-ICC December calendar: 15/12- “Bubble bubble toil and trouble”

Count down the days until 2015 together with the OA-ICC! Each day of December you will find a short story on the OA-ICC news stream highlighting an ocean acidification project, effort, or resource. Discover today’s story below: “Bubble bubble toil and trouble” CO2 vents The ocean is a wondrous place and CO2 vents are one […]

The ocean carbon sink – impacts, vulnerabilities, and challenges

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is, next to water vapour, considered to be the most important natural greenhouse gas on Earth. Rapidly rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations caused by human actions such as fossil-fuel burning, land-use change or cement production over the past 250 years have given cause for concern that changes in Earth’s climate system may progress […]

Why I feel horrible about Nature‘s article-sharing initiative

I wrote last week that I can’t support Nature’s new broken-access initiative for two reasons: practically, I can’t rely on it; and philosophically I can’t abide work being done to reduce utility. More recently I read a post on Nature’s blog: Content sharing is not open access and why NPG is committed to both. It’s well worth reading: concise, […]

The Little Tike that is Tychus

Male (left) and female of Tychus niger, copyright Lech Borowiec. Another brief beetle post for today. The species in the image above is the type species of Tychus, a genus of about 150 species of pselaphine beetles found in Eurasia and North America. Show More Summary

I Call For The End of Greenpeace

I’m sure Greenpeace has done a lot of great things, saved some whales, etc. etc., but the organization has recently carried out an abominable act that requires the institutional equivalent of a very very long jail term, or, what the hell, let’s make it a death sentence. Greenpeace needs to shut down as an organization.…

12-14-14 Up the West Side In the Night

Sunday, December 14th... it's 4 a.m. - "time to wake up!" it felt like the whales were saying, as they began coming over the Lime Kiln many calls - WOW!! -yet it took a few minutes before being able to confirm who...Show More Summary

All Female Bone-Devouring Worms Fancy Dwarf Males, Except One

Our guest post is by Dr. Marah Hardt, a marine scientist and storyteller working to build a sustainable future for people and the sea. She is the Research Co-Director at Future of Fish and currently working on her first book, Sex in the Sea ( You can follow here on Twitter @Marahh2o. Fifteen years ago we didn’t know they existed. In 2002 […]

Aquilops in today’s LA Times

Hey, just a quick announcement this time: today’s LA Times has a nice little article on Aquilops on page A6. It’s also available online here. Good luck tracking down a hardcopy – our local Barnes & Noble doesn’t carry the LA Times (not sure which party that reflects worse on), and I got the last […]

12-13-14 Take Action for the Salmon and for the Whales

Saturday, December 13th...some people have been asking what they can it is... A group formed from the C.A.L.F. workshop in November, that was hosted by The Whale Museum, has launched The Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative to bring attention to get the Snake River dams removed. Show More Summary

to Skin a Cyborg

Some high-tech prosthetic limbs can be controlled by their owners, using nerves, muscles, or even the brain. However, there’s no way for the wearer to tell if an object is scalding hot, or about to slip out of the appendage’s grasp.Materials that detect heat, pressure, and moisture could help change this by adding sensory capabilities to prosthetics. Show More Summary

TIme to Talk Intelligently About AI: “Watson doesn't know it won Jeopardy!”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk worries it is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.” Physicist Stephen Hawking warns, “AI could be a big danger in the not-too-distant future.” Fear mongering about AI has also hit the box office in recent films...Show More Summary

The Coming of RoboBrain

RoboBrain: Large-Scale Knowledge Engine for RobotsAuthors:Saxena et alAbstract:In this paper we introduce a knowledge engine, which learns and shares knowledge representations, for robots to carry out a variety of tasks. Building such...Show More Summary

Ukrainian Army Seems to be Pulling Itself Together

That appears to be at least a brigade of T-64s with a handful of very old T-72s.

U Washington Paper: 22% Profit Over 20 Years for Asteroid Mining

Defining a successful commercial asteroid mining programAuthors:Andrews et alAbstract:This paper summarizes a commercial Asteroid Mining Architecture synthesized by the Senior Space Design Class at the University of Washington in Winter/Spring Quarters of 2013. Show More Summary

Recent Baltimore Sun Articles Highlight Issues with Federal Seafood Fraud Enforcement

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting) The chances are that you’ve eaten seafood sometime recently—whether that be a fish fillet burger, a shrimp cocktail, sushi, or more. But, the seafood you consumed may not be what you think it is—and could be another species, or farmed when it was labeled as wild. read more

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