Life Science

We drove by fields of sunflowers the other day, which was a nice change from the usual endless fields of corn and soybeans. And now I see that Caine also has sunflowers on her mind.

Because if you are, you might not want to watch this video of Bryan Fry collecting sea snakes. There’s one scene where he’s got a fist full of multiple venomous snakes all writhing about that might give you the heebie-jeebies.

What is that purple blob?

By now you have probably seen the video showing the discovery of a strange purple blob during an exploration off the coast of California. As a scientist what do you do when you find something new? You bring it back to the lab of course. Although it may take years to identify what it is,…

Physiology 2016

I am very excited to report that the American Physiological Society in partnership with the The Physiological Society held a joint meeting from July 29-31 in Dublin, Ireland. The keynote lectures were given by Dr. Jerry Friedman from Rockefeller University and Dr. W Jon Lederer from the University of Maryland. Dr. Friedman spoke about his research on obesity…

Friday Cephalopod: You have been seen

In honor of the nomination of Donald Trump, the corpse flowers are blooming all across the country. It’s actually a blessing; the stench of rotting flesh obscures the reek of the putrescence rising from the Republican party.

The mystery of the orgasm

Perhaps we need to think more about human psychology. There’s an interesting phenomenon that goes on all the time when people read about evolution: they shoehorn the observations into some functional purpose. There’s just something so satisfying to our minds to be able to say “that thing exists for this particular reason”, and we find…

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Zing! Zap!

This is a pseudocolored image of nematocysts firing. In case you prefer the video…

He had several, because all the cool scientists like cephalopods, and they’re still bottled up and preserved in museums. No word on the status of Darwin’s pet cat.