Deep Sea News

Kevin Zelnio

Eric over at that brilliant invertablog, The Other 95%, is hosting the next edition of Linnaeus’ Legacy. It is a blog carnival about taxonomy, biodiversity and systematics. The current edition is at A DC Birding Blog. You have 1 week to get in those submissions! Go here to submit.

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While we give you more details about the BIG NEWS. Japanese researchers publish there super duper extremely important must kill all whales research. They are getting skinny! Though they cite global warming as the cause in their paper, Anthony Judd thinks they might be forgetting something… The Daily Mail report on a rare albino great…

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Oscar Wilde Was a Genius

“I have made an important discovery… that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effect of intoxication.”

Finally the decider has made a decision I can agree with and get behind 100%! Angelo has the details of the recent media storm (or see all his posts related to the monument). Here is Angelo in an local TV station interview. Doesn’t he just look like a good poster boy for marine conservation? Keep…

Graphic from The New York Times Company. The New York Times has a well-written article about the new Alvin replacement. There is also a 15 minute Science Times podcast and several photos of the 7 foot wide, 3 inch thick titanium sphere being molded (must see) as well as the above graphic proposing a hybrid…

Learn more about $quid the movie. Hat tip to PZ.

I think I may have put this up but just in case I haven’t, well it make me laugh hysterically once again so maybe it will have the same on affect on you: “Most Giant Squid remains have been found in the stomachs of Sperm Whales. This has led some of the stupider Marine Biologists…

I found this interesting picture illustrating how extensible the belly of the anglerfish is. They gulp more than their share in body weight! Quite a nice adaptation when you never know another meal will pass you by. Culled from a classroom page at Warrensburg Schools in Missouri. Way to go learning about the deep sea!

The iPod of Thermocyclers

Ahram Biosystems just released a handheld PCR machine affectionately called the Palm PCR. Oh yeah baby. Now you can just strap this 330 g (with battery) puppy to your arm when you go out for a jog. Wait! Is that dead body? Throw a hair in there and amplify as you wipe the sweat of…