Sunday Links: Zombie Jello Edition

June 7, 2009
  • Name a new species of jellyfish! The Bonaire Box Jellyfish’s genus name is Tamoya, but it doesn’t have a species name yet. Dust off your Latin, check out the contest guidelines in Year of Science 2009, and submit your entry by June 14.
  • Science Magazine is offering a prize for the best online education resource. The prize will “recognize outstanding projects from all regions of the world that bring freely available online resources to bear on science education.”  Nominate your favorite project by June 30.

Sunday Links: Business Cards of Meat Edition

April 26, 2009

  • Jezebel’s Abridged History of the Human Embryo is fascinating. Did you know that the classic anti-choice fetus photo was staged with a dead fetus? And that abortion was common and accepted pre-Enlightenment?
  • Bora explores the potential biology behind the Great Cilantro Divide – the chasm between people who love it and people who think it tastes like nasty soap. Also check out NPR’s take on cilantro haters – they might be missing the ability to detect the yummy fresh taste.
  • Compare 2009 Manhattan to 1609 Mannahatta. It’s easy to forget that NYC was surrounded by spectacular oyster beds and salmon runs, and had better soil and a far milder climate than Boston. The Indians and the Dutch knew what they were doing.
  • Cephalopod Tea Party is giving away cephalopod-swag! To enter their raffle, just tell them about your favorite cephalopod, mention them in your blog, or draw them a cephalopod picture. Yes, this is my entry into their contest – I want the cute lil octonecklace!

Sunday Links: Cute Lil Dalek Edition

April 19, 2009

  • Mark Bittman, the author of the indispensable cookbook How to Cook Everything, published a recipe for red snapper in his New York Times column. Grist Magazine pointed out that red snapper are dreadfully overfished. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s blog Sea Notes reports on the ensuing conservation controversy:

Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, the mea culpa did not come forth. Instead Bittman replied that Seafood Watch is published by scientists, and not cooks. Well, no one wants to dispute that. Especially not us! Our Seafood Watch program’s credibility and authority comes from the fact that a team of in-house scientists independently assesses each species to arrive at a recommendation based entirely on science!

  • Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn may be declared a Superfund site. I used to live in the neighborhood formerly known as Gowanus Flats (since renamed Boerum Hill by developers) and I have a great fondness for the scrappy life – tunicates! mussels! fish! – hanging on in the canal’s oily waters. It has the potential be a great urban marine ecosystem and I hope it gets cleaned up.
  • Xtranormal lets you make your own 3D animated movies based just off text. Check out playwright/screenwriter Greg Machlin’s example. (Via Greg’s blog Insert Title Here)
  • Woody Harrelson defends assault on cameraman by claiming that he thought the guy was a zombie. This happens to me all the time.

    “I wrapped a movie called ‘Zombieland,’ in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character,” Harrelson said in a statement issued Friday by his publicist.

Sunday Links: Alien vs Predator Tetherball Edition

April 12, 2009

  • Oceans 4 Ever has a great interview with famed underwater photographer Tony Wu.
  • The Intersection compiles a comprehensive list of policy fellowships for scientists and engineers.
  • Bioephemera reviews Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Must get NOW!
  • And the Thundercats live-action movie trailer! As Martini-Corona says, “It’s fake, but it’s basically all that I’ve ever wanted in an internets.” (Via Sam).

Sunday Links: Stuffed Monster Edition

March 29, 2009

  • Rolling Stone honored 100 People Who Are Changing America, including many scientists. I was particularly taken by #43 – a female theoretical physicist who hypothesizes that  “gravity may be concentrated in a hidden dimension beyond our normal three — in a warped, parallel universe with totally different chemistry.” (Via Chaos Theory.)
  • Rick MacPherson posts about the challenges of bringing real science into the classroom. It all started with an innocuous statistic about oxygen production and ends with ocean educators throwing DOWN. A must-read for people in science outreach.
  • WaterNotes reminds us that feeding wild animals is always, always bad. People who poison baby dolphins, however accidentally, are going to the special hell.

Sunday Links: Gatwick Express Sloths Edition

March 22, 2009

  • Whet your appetite for Podcast of the Blue #1 with Podcast of the Blue #0, featuring Jason, Mark, and Rick. I promise that #1 (hopefully ready by Tuesday) will contain quasi-intentional double entendres and some very exciting Oyster’s Garter news!
  • What makes a scientist? Dr. Isis has a great two-part series on some icky sexism and academic-ism. Click those links lots and lots since she’s also funding an undergrad research award with her SciBorg income.
  • Please enjoy this dance number from Indian Superman. Superman! Superman! Bidi bum bum! (Via Boing Boing.)

Sunday Links: Who mocks the Watchmen?

March 8, 2009
Yes, talking about blue whales and the Watchmen in the same post WAS deliberate. No, I do not have dignity or self-restraint.

Yes, talking about blue whales and the Watchmen in the same post WAS deliberate. No, I do not have dignity or self-restraint.

  • Speaking of whales, is conservation NGO Sea Shepherd actually helping them by criminal ramming of ships in the Antarctic? (You can tell how I feel about that.) What about sharks? Dr. M at Deep Sea News discusses the ship-ramming incident  (though the discussion ends in foul sockpuppetery) and WhySharksMatter at Southern Fried Scientist tackles the sharks, with possible cameo by Paul Watson. Also see Shark Divers’s excellent series.
  • I haven’t made it to the Watchmen movie yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from mocking it. Two quality parodies (via Martini-Corona):
  1. Saturday Morning Watchmen – “Strong together, united forever, they’re the best of friends!”
  2. What if Woody Allen (or Sofia Coppola or Quentin Tarentino) had directed Watchmen? Slideshow from Slate.