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Send GrrlScientist to Antarctica!

GrrlScientist is in a contest to become Quark Expedition’s official blogger from Antarctica. (So is DN Lee from Urban Science Adventures.) Grrl has been doing pretty well getting votes in this contest, despite the fact that her competition includes a radio personality from Portugal and a member of the Osmond family. Of the top vote-getters,…

Psychohazard.

The other day, while surfing the web, my better half came upon this semi-official looking symbol for psychohazards: The verbiage underneath the symbol seem to indicate conditions that might have serious consequences for one’s picture of the world and its contents, or for one’s ability to come to knowledge about the world. A philosopher who…

Yes, it’s a day late. Dr. Free-Ride and Dr. Free-Ride’s better half are currently engaged in sprog retrieval maneuvers at the home of the Grandparents Who Lurk But Seldom Comment. What follows is this morning’s attempt to get the Free-Ride offspring to tell us something science-y. Dr. Free-Ride: Were there any things you noticed while…

Last week, the Free-Ride offspring and I used our Cell Project kit from Galaxy Goo to build some three-dimensional models of animal cells out of clay.

About half of the Free-Ride silkworms (who you know from pictures and videos) have decided that it’s time to pupate. Of course, we immediately broke out the video camera. But, then the truth started to dawn on us.

An open letter.

Dear Natural Selection, Can we have a chat about weeds?

Frequent commenter, sibling, and bon vivant Uncle Fishy recently set up a backyard beehive, but lately he’s been worried about the bees. This came up in a recent online chat: Dr. Free-Ride: So, what’s worrisome about your bees? Uncle Fishy: i dont know if they’ll make it Dr. Free-Ride: Uncle Fishy: there were fewer coming…

It would appear that our rainy season is really over until next winter (which is not to say that it won’t rain at all between now and then, just that things will be more dry than wet). So, it seemed like a good time to document some recent developments in the Free-Ride garden. Today, I’m…

This Friday marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Accordingly, in SprogCast #5, the elder Free-Ride offspring marks the change of season by describing a local release of trout-fry. You can download the sound file and pretend that the bathtub sounds are the gentle tides of the lake. The discussion is transcribed…

Crystal jellies.

One of the jellies we saw during our February visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is especially important to biologists. The crystal jelly (Aequorea victoria) is not only an interesting critter in its own right, but also serves as a source of green fluorescent protein (GFP), used to mark genes.