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The call of the Chthulucene ?

Climate change, Fantasy, Science FictionMarch 9, 20171

We are currently in the Holocene epoch, and many of us have heard about calls to name the current era (from the industrial revolution) the Anthropocene (which dates back to at least the industrial revolution, if not before): a period when  humans change the essential nature of the planet through their activities (primarily via the production of greenhouse […]

Why do wizards go adventuring ? Or …. you thought that your tenure requirements were tough?!

Academic life, Fantasy, funding, Popular Culture, Science LifeFebruary 23, 20170

Something that has been bothering me for a while, is why do wizards go adventuring? Source: ClipArtLord.com Now if you are a big geek like me, you’ll know that practically every adventuring party has a wizard. But these wizards are incredibly unprepared for exploring dungeons and have a shockingly high mortality rate. In the dungeons […]

The 3D-Printed Giant Deep-sea Isopod You Always Wanted.

#OceanOptimism, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceOctober 6, 2016

I love giant deep-sea isopods (Bathynomous giganteus if you’re fancy). I’ve written quite a few articles about giant isopods. Giant isopods were prominently featured in our epic ocean monograph, Sizing Ocean Giants. I’ve even been fortunate enough to observe novel giant isopod behavior in the deep sea. If Southern Fried Science had a mascot, it would […]

Dying for Reason in the Rational Utopia

Conservation, Environmentalism, Popular Culture, Science FictionAugust 10, 2016

When Neil deGrasse Tyson proposed his “Rationalia” thought experiment several months ago, I thought is was cute but misguided. Now that he’s doubled down on the concept, I can see exactly why it is such a naively flawed idea. Rationalia would be a disaster for conservation. This short science fiction story illustrates why. “Oyez, oyez, oyez! […]

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