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Stealth Saga #39

KUS-X (South Korean UCAV): The South Koreans are working on a stealthy UCAV of their own. TFX: Turkey's TFX program is a very tough one to complete successfully. TR-X: Lockheed has scrubbed the optionally planned version of the proposed U-2 replacement TR-X. Show More Summary

3-31-16 A West Side Day With Orcas

Thursday, March 31st...if you want whales on the west side in the morning, make a dentist appt....works every time!...I located the whales when they had already gone down island and were off South Beach......the same two family groups...Show More Summary

3-26-16 T137s in San Juan Channel

Saturday, March 26th...no whales had been reported in the morning...late morning some whales were seen coming out of Puget Sound...Ivan of the Western Prince heads down that way and comes upon some other whales !...it was the T137s and...Show More Summary

Video! The sea slug that looks and swims like a fish

Out there in the open ocean is a nudibranch sea slug that looks like a fish, and for the last five months I’ve been obsessed with it. I wrote an article about this fishy slug, called Phylliroe, back in November (link to original article here, which is also posted below). But despite all my best efforts […]

3-12-16 J Pod - Here Again Today

Saturday, March 12th...I think a better title would be "Every Way I Went Was the Wrong Way Today!"...J pod whales were seen yesterday, way to the west heading west...also L Pod whales were seen way to the west but not with J Pod......this morning 7 a.m. Show More Summary

Save my bacon...

Drugmonkey didn't tag me in his meme challenge but fucke it, why not? Here's my list of characters to get me out of a jam. 1&2. Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge 3.      Carrie Mathison 4.      Mr. Rogers 5.      Jack Bauer

Access to research: Nobody in the history of the world has ever liked raisins. NOBODY!!

THE STORY SO FAR: Erin McKiernan can’t get access to the research she needs in Mexico, Mohammad M.M.H can’t get it in Jordan, and Nora Turoman can’t get it in Serbia. Meanwhile, Christy Collins is in America, but can’t get the research...Show More Summary

Bringing Genomics to High School Students: A Survival Guide

(This week DNA Science has a guest post from Sergio Pistoi, a science writer and molecular biologist from Italy.) When I gave my first conference about genomics in a high school, I thought of what

Do West African Chimpanzees Have a Culture With Rituals?

Chimp stone throwing compilation from laura kehoe on Vimeo. Chimpanzee accumulative stone throwingAuthors:Kühl et alAbstract:The study of the archaeological remains of fossil hominins must rely on reconstructions to elucidate the behaviour that may have resulted in particular stone tools and their accumulation. Show More Summary

Pondering the Precambrian #3

Proterozoic: NeoProterozoic:The Royal Tyrrell Museum has a lecture on the Ediacaran. There is stronger evidence for the biomarkers for sponges being present starting in the Cryogenian.MesoProterozoic:The shallow seawaters of the Calymmian...Show More Summary

Giant Oklahoma Apatosaurus mount, from above

Here’s the “Clash of the Titans” exhibit at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, featuring the reconstructed skeletons of the giant Oklahoma Apatosaurus – which I guess should now be called the giant Oklahoma apatosaurine until someone sorts out its phylogenetic position – and the darn-near-T. rex-sized Saurophaganax maximus, which may be Allosaurus […]

The Future is NOW: Training Pilots Through the use of Electroneural Stimulation

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Modulates Neuronal Activity and Learning in Pilot TrainingAuthors:Choe et alAbstract:Skill acquisition requires distributed learning both within (online) and across (offline) days to consolidate experiences into newly learned abilities. Show More Summary

Help Young, Blind Musician Meet Bruce Springsteen!

Last March, my husband Larry and I attended the annual gala for the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, near Philadelphia. During the cocktail hour, someone was singing at the piano, “Born to Run.” I turned to

TGIF: Subway Car Artificial Reefs!

A sunken city of NYC subway cars lives off the coast of Delaware – yep, you read that right. They were sunk there on purpose, to serve as artificial reefs that attract fish. And, er, we’ve apparently been throwing a lot of things down there to see what happens – think “Will it Reef?” (a deep-sea version […]

Rerun: Dan Brown’s “Inferno”: Good Plot, Bad Science

I’m thrilled that DNA Science made the top 15 PLOS blog posts of 2015, but a little surprised that the entry was for analysis of the genetic accuracy of the TV series Wayward Pines. Then

Discovered This Day (1938): First Living Coelacanth

Internal anatomy of the coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae. From Today In Science History:In 1938, a coelacanth, a primitive fish thought extinct, was discovered. Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer was curator of the museum in the port town of East London, northeast of Cape Town, South Africa, and always interested in seeing unusual specimens. Show More Summary

Brother

The 'lock was blown. It had all the evidence of being blown in, a ring of shape charges meant to blow the doors in, but the debris was blown out with the escaped air. The escaped life. He peered through the blasted airlock, rifle holstered over his back. Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1955): Journey To The Beginning of Time

On this day in 1955 the Czech film, Cesta do praveku, by Karl Zeman debuted in East Germany. It was laters redubbed and shown with additional footage as Journey to the Beginning of Time in the USA.

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #50

The Russians conducted 204 airstrikes in the last 24 hours. The US says only 30% of the airstrikes conducted by Russian aircraft have been hitting IS/Daesh. Assadite forces are advancing on Aleppo. The rebels have evacuated Homs. The US has stated the attack on the Syrian army base was by a Russian Tu-22, a medium bomber. Show More Summary

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