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This is a lot of fun/trippy…you can choose your own vector field settings or randomize the image, either way it’s cool: Vector Field Play Raptors set fires deliberately in Australia (as if fires weren’t enough of a problem already!): These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire You’ve probably already seen this, but […]

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Sorry about not posting lately! I’ve been installing and finishing a wood floor at my parents’ house over Christmas and balancing that with work! More on that soonish… Crazy looking moth! Also, you KNOW I love it when we refind species we thought were extinct: Found: A Blue-and-White Moth Last Seen 130 Years Ago I’m […]

The network game

The department I currently work in has a competition for who can do the best job of baking their research into a delicious and informative dessert for coffee hour. After seeing some of the amazing desserts prepared by others, I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete on the baking front…I needed a gimmick! Because […]

Excerpts from “Astrophysics for people in a hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Unsurprisingly, I loved this book! Here are some of my favourite excerpts: Maybe there’s nothing the matter with the matter, and it’s the gravity we don’t understand. Behold my recurring nightmare: Are we, too, missing some basic pieces of the universe that once were? What part of the cosmic history book has been marked “access […]

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You can’t make this stuff up: Silent and Deadly: Fatal Farts Immobilize Prey Bad news bears: Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba Love this new review by Jeff Ollerton…favourite quote: “the recent description of an asclepiad (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) flower from Dominican amber together with its termite pollinator, is both a paleontological […]

A new great ape species! and traveling

Scientists have declared this genetic variant of orangutan a separate species, making it the first new great ape species in a century. I don’t get toooooo excited about primates, but this is an intriguing example of the ways in which phylogenetics can change the way we perceive animals and conservation. I heard a talk recently […]

Happy Samhain! And some blood-sucking creatures

I’ve never been a super fan of Halloween…I don’t have any problem with it, it just never caught my fancy BUT now that I am living in Ireland, I have recently discovered that Halloween originated as Samhain* in Ireland’s Celtic past. Here is an interesting article on it.** And because I am doing my best […]