FLEXIBLE MORALITY A PLUS: Adjunct. a story in three parts (and an assessment of that new social network).

BloggingSeptember 28, 2014 • 1~2 min read

WANTED: DISENFRANCHISED ADJUNCTS. TRAVEL THE WORLD. MEET INTERESTING PEOPLE. GET HEALTH INSURANCE. FLEXIBLE MORALITY A PLUS. There’s a new social network, called Ello. Since Amy and I (and sometimes David) teach a social media for environmental professionals course each spring, we’re pretty much committed to giving every nascent social network a fair trial, which means that […]

The next era of ocean exploration begins in Papua New Guinea

Blogging, Citizen Science, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Science Life, Social ScienceSeptember 22, 2014 • 1~2 min read

In 1946, Jacques Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan released the Aqualung, forever changing the way humans interact with the oceans. No longer tethered to the surface, entombed in thick, restrictive helmets, we could dive deeper, stay down longer, and explore the dark places snorkelers and free divers feared to fin. The Aqualung opened up the […]

Natural history needs more .gifs

Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 15, 2014 • < 1 min read

There’s something glorious about .gifs, the short video clips that proliferate across the internet. Not quite as demanding of commitment as a full video, slightly more than a still image. These mighty little loops of endless wonder can express joy, surprise, or disdain far better than their static counterpart. They are an artform unique to the […]

How you can help support Southern Fried Science

BloggingSeptember 10, 2014 • 1~2 min read

Earlier this summer, we switched funding models from an ad hoc Paypal-based donation system to Patreon, a crowdfunding style service for authors, musicians, writers, and, thanks to us, scientists. Thanks to our wonderful Patrons, Southern Fried Science is, for the first time in history, financially sustainable. We’re still growing. As many of you witnessed during […]

Breaching Blue Chapter 5: The Hunters

Popular Culture, Science FictionSeptember 5, 2014 • 2~2 min read

All week I’m posting the first five chapters from my absurd work-in-progress, Breaching Blue. Check out Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4. This concludes our week long mermaid adventure. Enjoy. And, if you don’t enjoy, blame Shiffman. The reef made them strong. Janthina no longer hesitated to swim above the sunbreak, to explore the illuminated waters above. […]

Breaching Blue Chapter 4: Over the Edge

Popular Culture, Science FictionSeptember 4, 2014 • 2~2 min read

All week I’m posting the first five chapters from my absurd work-in-progress, Breaching Blue. Check out Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Enjoy. And, if you don’t enjoy, blame Shiffman. Clymene swam just below the sunbreak, testing the limits of her own courage. The reef was behind her, its unexplored pinnacles rising into sunlit waters. She cut a […]

Throwback Thursday: The Birth of @WhySharksMatter

BloggingAugust 28, 2014 • < 1 min read

Today we celebrate the 30th birthday of David Shiffman, but the entity known as WhySharksMatter was born on an entirely different day. On January 26, 2009, David officially joined Southern Fried Science and assumed the handle that would soon become the most prolific shark conservation activist online. Here, for posterity, is the original chatlog where […]

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