Category Archives: Biology

New Genus of Stingray

Ray X-Rayed: Two new (to science) stingrays from the Amazon have been studied and classified. H. rosai and Heliotrygon gomesi have been sold in the global pet trade for years under trade names. But only recently did scientists—working with local fishers … Continue reading

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Camera Trap Images from the Smithsonian

Very very cool.   Smithsonian Wild I found this thanks to Geekdad, who says … It is fantastic. The site, which launched March 3, is designed to be a clearinghouse for motion-triggered “camera traps” used in research across the world … Continue reading

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Hang Your Kid’s Scrapbooks on the Wall

  During a recent weekend, we spent some quality geeky time at a friend’s house. … But before we headed over, my friend called and asked my kids to collect some things from nature. Dead bugs, leaves, sticks, anything interesting or … Continue reading

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Could This Beetle Fight a Battle in a Bottle With a Paddle?

How to control your beetle. Implant a few electrodes in the pupa. Wait. Control your grown-up zombie beetle with a WII. The critter is a bit of a cyborg actually – part june bug, part computer. The man behind the zombie … Continue reading

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3D Micromovies of Living Cells

A new microscope invented by scientists at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus will let researchers use an exquisitely thin sheet of light — similar to that used in supermarket bar-code scanners — to peer inside single living … Continue reading

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Bees Be Going. Bees Be Gone?

Honeybee populations continue to collapse across the globe. There does not seem to be a single cause, but a multiplicity of them. This article serves as a reminder of the service these pollinators do for us, and indicates that we … Continue reading

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Bye Bye, Big Fish. Hello, little fish, hello hello hello hello hello ….

Little fish have fewer fish To prey upon and bite ’em. They prosper in their bigger niche… But NOT ad infinitum. –The Pondonome* While the past century has seen large predatory fish, such as cod and tuna, plummet by two-thirds, small … Continue reading

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