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Great illustration for children, even though it may not be anatomically correct. By Peter Slight – Larger version can be found here. Seeing piece like this makes me think a wonderful art project would be to create a whole new design driven anatomy book – one that may even be as comprehensive as Gray’s Anatomy…

@dnghub Twitter Feed This video of a talk I gave at Northern Voice got completed whilst I was away. Anyway, if I remember (I’m one of those people who can’t stand seeing themselves on video or hearing themselves on audio!), it’s a pretty decent overview of what the Phylo project is all about, as well…

As much as I abhor war, the way that the military handles soldier deaths is (usually) quite admirable (although the same might not hold for its handling of post-service medical problems). When a soldier is killed in service, the family gets a personal visit and often one or more personal phone calls from higher officers,…

O.K. It’s been a while since I last posted, but I do have a good excuse. I’ve been on the road with my family for the past 5 weeks, and have just settled in London. I’m here because I am about to start a half year sabbatical, and to give you a sense of where…

BP has released the first slug of oil-spill hush money to LSU: $2 million for research on the Effects of the Oil Spill and it’s Cleanup. Sounds like a lot of research money, until you realize that LSU does about $200 million dollars of research a year. So, it’s kind of like if your next…

This just in from the upcoming edition of The Journal of Zombie Studies. A must have experimental checklist for any Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Monitoring of Upper Administrative Activities. Experiment: Administrator A was asked why he/she is paid such a high salary, even though he/she has not: 1) published a scholarly work in many years;…

By some estimates, more than 40% of the birds that seasonally migrate in North America do so via the Mississippi Flyway. Large numbers of both land and water birds use this route, including ducks, geese, blackbirds, sparrows, and numerous shorebirds, along with the rare white pelicans that migrate right through Baton Rouge each year. Most…

(Well, actually 6 since the first ad below is just a bit of fun…) – – – JOB POSTING: “IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME” This is a call for outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure track assistant professor position within the context of the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia.…

Speaking of robots: you might be interested in the types of “deep thoughts” they have.

Eulogy for the Gulf of Mexico

I’ve started to write a few different posts in the past few weeks, but their different topics just don’t seem to matter in the face of the death of the Gulf of Mexico, especially the affectionately named Redneck Riviera – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle – these areas are most assuredly dead. Field…