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13 amazing things scientists discovered about sharks in 2013

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 28, 2013

Other than a certain week in August whose name we shall not speak here, 2013 was a great year for both shark science and the communication of that shark science. There were many important and fascinating discoveries, and many of the world’s top media outlets covered them. Presented here is a list of 13 amazing scientific […]

On the clarity of animals: the art and science of clearing and staining

Blogging, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 17, 2013

Dr. Adam Summers  is trained as an engineer and mathematician, he turned to biology to satisfy a deep need to interact with nature.  His research applies simple physics and engineering principles to animals to understand the evolution of complex behaviors like feeding, movement and reproduction.  The images shown here are the raw material that underlies his […]

We know what the Bloop is and it’s not mermaids

Science

Are we really doing this again? Already? Yes, Animal Planet apparently just re-aired the pair of fake mermaid documentaries. Judging by the search terms coming in, people still have the same questions: “Is Mermaids: the New Evidence Fake?” – YES; “Is Paul Robertson a real marine biologist – NO; and finally, a question that is […]

A Guide to Tweeting at Scientific Meetings for Social Media Veterans

Blogging, Life in the Lab, ScienceDecember 13, 2013

A year ago, David Shiffman published How to live-tweet a conference: A guide for conference organizers and twitter users, an informative and exhaustive guide to using twitter to help promote scientific conferences. Since then, I’m certain you’ve internalized his lessons and become a veteran of the science twitterverse. Now that you’re among the top twitter […]

What does the new species of hammerhead mean for shark science and conservation?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 11, 2013

In the year 2000, Dr. William Driggers, now of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Mississippi, was sampling for sharks in South Carolina. Dr Driggers recalls that “at the time I was collecting samples from various species of sharks for life history studies and also collecting tissues for Dr. [Joseph] Quattro’s […]

Happy Fun Science Friday – Blinky, the 3-Eyed Crab

Conservation, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine scienceNovember 8, 2013

Happy FSF everyone, this week we bring you Blinky! For the Simpsons aficionados amongst you, we are unfortunately not referring to the affable 3-Eyed fish, indicative of the radioactive influence of Springfield’s nuclear power plant. No Blinky is a real-life, 3-eyed crab, discovered and documented by German researcher Gerhard Scholtz and colleagues while working in […]

What can the funniest shark memes on the internetz teach us about ocean science and conservation?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

In recent years, some of my favorite ocean predators have started to show up in memes. As part of our tradition of using internet humor to educate our readers, I’ve selected the funniest shark memes on the internetz, and I’ve tried to explain what’s going on in the photos used for those memes. I’m happy […]

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