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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.

Watching carefully, I noticed that two other activities added to the commotion: sloughing of skin and defecation. Like other whales, sperm whales shed skin on a regular basis. This may be a mechanism to reduce the risk of infection and to rid the animals of external parasites. As the whales rubbed against one another, the…

Back around the 11th of July, I saw a few comments by a guy named Myles Power, a science youtuber, who was quite irate that Rebecca Watson criticized evolutionary psychology five years ago. There were the usual vaguely horrified reactions implying how annoying it was that some mere communications major would criticize an established, credible,…

Friday Cephalopod: Babies are so cute

But wouldn’t you know it, it’s an endangered species. If it weren’t for that, I’d happily wear Telipogon diabolicus on my lapel everywhere.