Fun Science FRIEDay – Virus be good!

Fun Science FridayNovember 6, 2015 • 1~2 min read • 0

“The era of the oncolytic virus is… here.” Stephen Russell, Cancer researcher and haematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnessota …. and let me be the first to welcome our new virus overlords! Last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a decision that received little fanfare, but has huge implications for […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Dude, I’m Glowing!

biodiversity, biology, evolution, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural ScienceOctober 2, 2015 • 2~2 min read

Happy Fun Science FRIEDay! After a brief hiatus, due to life, hoping this installment represents the regular…err, semi-regular, occurrence of FSF. So this hit the interwebs pretty big earlier this week, the first documented reptile to glow. That honor belongs to the Hawksbill a sea turtle, observed first by  David Gruber, of City University of […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – “A cold-water fish with a warm heart!”

biology, evolution, fisheries, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, UncategorizedMay 15, 2015 • 1~2 min read

OPAH, OPAH, OPAH! Recently scientists at NOAA’s South West Fisheries Science Center made a stunning discovery, the worlds first known warm-blooded fish, the moonfish, opah  (Lampris guttatus). Until this recent discovery all fish were considered cold-blooded ectotherms – allowing their body temperature to fluctuate with the change in ambient ocean temperature. However, opah’s are different, in that these […]

Advice About Applying to Graduate School

UncategorizedApril 29, 2015 • 2~2 min read

In 2013 a colleague and I were commissioned by Cambridge University Press to write a book about applying to graduate school in the sciences. A large part of the approach was to source knowledge from others with experience in this process (both from admissions offices and former applicants), and to use that information to drive […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Snap, Crack, Pop

Fun Science Friday, UncategorizedApril 24, 2015 • 1~2 min read

You’ve been there before. You are sitting or standing around and get a mental sensation that you need to “pop your knuckles”.  A swift squeeze of your fingers and the tension is relieved. Crisis averted. But why do knuckles make that popping sound when you crack them? If questions like this keep you up at night… […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Ocean Acidification, More Than Just pH

climate change, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural ScienceFebruary 27, 2015 • 1~2 min read

You have probably heard that as the global climate changes due to human influence the sea surface is going to rise and the oceans will get warmer and more acidic. The bit about the oceans increasing in acidity is particularly troubling because it implies calcium carbonate based organisms (oysters, snails, corals, etc.) will simply dissolve […]

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