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Geek-eye View

As I prepare to hand off this photoblog to Cobalt123, I thought I would share my favorite non-rocket photos. Each clicks through to a story or geeky observation. Last Thoughts Magic Toes Fire & Ice A Beautiful Computation in the Wolfram sense Curiosity Diamond Age & Eyes and even some people Namaste.

From Bugs to Rockets

As the sun sets on a wonderful set of insect photos from the Wild… I thought I should start with a transition photo, on a photosynthetic bug bed, to a new photo theme – rockets: Many insects have served as brave cosmonauts – flying as a somewhat unwilling payload in Estes rockets. The National Association…

Thanks, ScienceBlogs!

Well. A month has flown by, the lease is up, and the SB landlord is banging on the door to get the keys back. Something about an explosive new tenant needing the place. Supposed to be a blast. So here it is. My final Photo Synthesis post, fitting in one last ant before the blog…

On Deck: Rocket Man

Here’s some exciting news. Starting Monday, our Photo Synthesis host will be the multi-talented Steve Jurvetson. Steve will tell you that his main thing is rockets, but a bit of snooping about reveals that he’s also a closet myrmecophile. But really. Who isn’t? I’ll continue posting through this weekend, after which the bugs return to…

The Case of the Malagasy Mystery Ants

A few days ago I noticed the search term “Malagasy Mystery Ant” showing up in the stats for my other blog. This puzzled me, as it wasn’t a phrase I was familiar with. So I googled it. All mentions of the term trace back to a caption in the New York Times slide show from…

Photo Synthesis: Call for Bloggers

As you may know, Photo Synthesis is a rotating blog, featuring the work of a different photoblogger each month. The powers that be here at ScienceBlogs tell me they are still considering candidates for the coming month and for following months. So. If you have a favorite science photographer who blogs, or blogger who photographs,…

Photoshop disasters

This clumsy photoshop job over at Pharyngula puts me in mind of one of my favorite blogs, Photoshop Disasters. Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the hours of time you will waste over there.

An Amblyopone oregonensis huntress delivers a paralyzing dose of venom to a centipede. This lets the ant larvae consume it alive later, at their leisure. Ow. Ow, Ow. Yes, that is the stinger you see, sunk deep into the head.

Introductions

Hello Science Blogs! I am Alex Wild, and insofar as Photo Synthesis is concerned, Mr. April. No centerfolds, fortunately for you. I normally blog elsewhere, but I am here at Photo Synthesis for the month and honored that the Science Blogs crew chose me as their inaugural photoblogger. I became a photographer by accident. As…

Welcome!

Welcome to ScienceBlogs’ new photo blog, Photo Synthesis. While doing our usual browsing of the blogosphere, we’ve become aware of the vast number of excellent blogs featuring science imagery, from neural networks captured with a light microscope to images of supernovae billions of light-years away. To take advantage of this wealth of visual content, we’ve…