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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

May 2, 2016

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If you are too chicken to commit to ink, here are some alternatives . . .

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What am I sappy octopus blogging?

April 29, 2016

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“You probably don’t look this adorable when you swim… The deep-sea flapjack octopus, Opisthoteuthis “adorabilis,” is a cirrate octopus—meaning that a pair of hairlike filaments surround each sucker on its eight webbed arms. Incirrate octopuses—like the giant Pacific octopus—do not have these cirri, and are more commonly found in shallower waters.

A flapjack octopus can use its arms as a parachute to pulse about and catch the current, while two earlike fins help it maneuver over the deep sea floor. Find out more about our research on this adorable and mysterious critter!”

 

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How am I coloring my world?

April 27, 2016

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“Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India captured beautiful photos of these translucent ants eating a specially colored liquid sugar. Some of the ants would even move between the food resulting in new color combinations in their stomachs. Read more over on the Daily Mail.”

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From Colossal

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What am I celebrating ?

April 26, 2016

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richterToday is Richter Scale Day when we commemorate the birth of Charles Richter.  In 1935, the seismologists Charles Francis Richter and Beno Gutenberg, of the California Institute of Technology, developed the (future) Richter magnitude scale, specifically for measuring earthquakes in a given area of study in California, as recorded and measured with the Wood-Anderson torsion seismograph. Richter derived his earthquake-magnitude scale from the apparent magnitude scale used to measure the brightness of stars.

Richter’s scale (which has been replaced by the Moment Magnitude Scale) measures the magnitude of an earthquake.  The magnitude value is proportional to the logarithm of the amplitude of the strongest wave during an earthquake.

This very cool video explains magnitude . . .

Adapted from Wikipedia

 

 

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What am I celebrating today?

April 25, 2016


April 25 is National DNA Day
. So put on your best genes and celebrate!

It commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. Furthermore, on that day in 2003 it was declared that the Human Genome Project was very close to complete, and “the remaining tiny gaps [we]re considered too costly to fill.” – Wikipedia

People do lots of interesting things with the double helix concept . . .

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World’s largest DNA depiction made up of humans

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Cool jewelry

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What am sappy bearcat blogging?

April 22, 2016

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Smells like buttered popcorn

“When nature employs smell, they’re either really nice or really bad, and it happens for a good reason: to lure things or to repel them away. But for bearcats, it’s quite a peculiar case, as their smell is rather… intriguing.

A joint team from several universities gave 33 bearcats routine physical examinations at the Carolina Tiger Rescue, a wildlife sanctuary in North Carolina. They took samples from the animals, including urine samples. The urine was analyzed with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, an instrumental technique through which complex mixtures of chemicals may be separated, identified and quantified.

They distinguished 29 compounds, and one of these compounds was 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (2-AP) – the very same chemical that gives buttered popcorn its unique smell. Just to make it clear, it’s not something that smells the same as buttered popcorn – it’s the same thing as buttered popcorn!

Researchers are not really sure how this happens without the very hot temperatures, but they have a hunch it could be caused by the bacteria the mammals have on their fur. As to why they’re doing this… it’s anyone’s guess.

Bearcats are mammals native to South and Southeast Asia. They spend most of their time in the foothills and hills with good tree cover. So if you find yourself in that area and feel a sudden smell of buttered popcorn… you’re probably surrounded by urine. I love nature.”

Story from ZME Science by Mihai Andrei

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Photo by TassiloRau

 

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What am I cooking?

April 21, 2016

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Inspired by a recent Thai cooking class I took and the eminent blog, One Man’s Meat, I am off to the store.  Here is a page from my sketchbook, er, shopping list.

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