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????????? ??????? (Ukraine War Update): Say Hello to Our Little Green Friends

It has been a while since I have written an update on the war in Ukraine. The fighting never stopped. It was confined immediately at the start of the ceasefire to the Donetsk Airport area, Shyrokyne and Debaltseve. This has now spread up and down the ceasefire line. Show More Summary

Did you hear the good news? Last week we welcomed two new chicks...

Did you hear the good news? Last week we welcomed two new chicks to our African blackfooted penguin exhibit! Chick One hatched on May 7 to parents Karoo and Messina. Chick Two hatched the following day, on May 8, and is in a nest with experienced surrogate parents Boulders and Walvis. Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1956): The Creature Walks Among Us

image Back on this day in 1956 the second sequel to The Creature From the Black Lagoon debuted. It's long been considered the weakest film in the trilogy, and it's hard to argue this given that they drag The Creature out of the Amazon, burn him in a fire, and convert him into an air-breathing humanoid with no hope of ever returning to the lagoon. Show More Summary

Mini Crazy Thought: Triton for Carrier ISR and 2 Different UCLASS for Strike and Fleet Defense?

There is a fight right now about whether or not to make the UCLASS an ISR bird with a small strike capability or a primarily deep strike stealthy bird. The navy already has an ISR bird. Its the MQ-4C Triton. Why not fly a variant (D?)...Show More Summary

Racing Extinction Screening ~ Earth Day Texas 2015

Racing Extinction Trailer – Screening at Earth Day Texas 2015 from Oceanic Preservation Society. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of … Continue reading ?

Premiered This Day (1981): Caveman

image Directed by Carl Gottlieb and starring Ringo Starr, this film is probably best known for introducing Starr to his future wife, Barbara Bach. Famed Animator Jim Danforth oversaw the creation of the dinosaurs. A more interesting film with overtones of The Creature From The Black Lagoon (0:57) is Island of the Fish Men, also starring Bach.

Channeled Whelk with Egg Cases

Channeled Whelk with Egg Cases, originally uploaded by eclectic echoes. Family friends bought us passes for Project Oceanology's Enviro Lab cruises at an auction this summer, and finally, as the summer draws to a close, we were able to take advantage of them. Show More Summary

Ready for your Easter egg hunt? Our spirited sea otters enjoyed...

Ready for your Easter egg hunt? Our spirited sea otters enjoyed some crunchy ice treats for a training enrichment—decorated in clam frosting! Watch the otter eggstravaganza! Learn more about our rescued sea otters

How do we keep our rescued sea otters happy and healthy? Otter...

How do we keep our rescued sea otters happy and healthy? Otter pops! These icy treats provide a crunchy challenge for our otters to crack open—and are decorated with minced clam frosting! Watch how we make these eggscelent treats Learn more about our Sea Otter Program

Pay Scientific Reports extra to bypass peer-review altogether

There’s been some concern over Scientific Reports‘ new scheme whereby authors submitting manuscripts can pay $750 to have them peer-reviewed more quickly. Some members of the editorial board have quit over this development, feeling that it’s unfair to authors who can’t pay. Myself, I feel it at least shows admirable audacity — NPG has found a way to […]

Shark Night! featuring Dr. Demian Chapman

Science on Tap presents, Shark Night! featuring Dr. Demian Chapman from Alan Alda Center. Marine scientist, Dr. Demian Chapman, discusses how the illegal shark fin trade is harming sharks and the health of the oceans. He shares his experiences tagging … Continue reading ?

SaviOne: Hello! I'm Ready to Deliver....Hotels to the Robopocalypse

And the crowd goes frakin wild with their introduction. :) oh and Popular Science has a profile on the SaviOne. Let's hope the PS/PM curse doesn't kill it.

3-7-15 T137A and A Harbor Porpoise Fetus

I'll start with March 5th......what a wild day......whales spotted in Spieden Channel going west...but then not seen...a while later, over the hydrophones I hear transient calls...so figuring they are coming down island, because that's...Show More Summary

HOI the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seal meets Manta Rays from Manta Ray Advocates Hawaii. “Waimanu – a Hawaiian Monk seal – was seen at the Manta Ray Night Dive a few times over the past few weeks, but always on the dark outskirts. Last … Continue readi...

Crocomodiles vs. Allimogators

I just got off a chat with Matt. Here is the whole thing, all but unedited, for your enjoyment. All you need to know is that my wife, Fiona, built a symphony, which Matt refers to as a boxomophone in tribute to Homer Simpson refering to Lisa’s instrument as a saxomophone. Mathew: Hey, how is Fiona’s […]

Wasps in the Sand

Sand wasp Bembix oculata with prey (a bombyliid, I think), copyright Carlos Enrique Hermosilla. The sand wasps of the tribe Bembicini are a diverse group of about 500 species of wasp that get their name because, obviously, of their habit of constructing burrows in sand-banks. Show More Summary

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