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Written By: grant on October 13, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Holocentre à grosses épines</i>, from <i>Histoire Naturelle des Poissons</i>, Volume 3, 1828

A Holocentrus hastatum, or Sargocentron hastatus, or red soldier fish. They have big spines, you see.

This one comes from A Natural History of Fish, by Georges Cuvier and M. Valenciennes, which I found on wapiti8′s Flickr account.

Written By: grant on September 17, 2013 No Comment

You want to learn about the hidden history of the ocean? Look within, Nature says… within the earwax of a mighty blue whale:

The team, led by Sascha Usenko, a environmental scientist at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, extracted an earplug from a blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) killed in a collision with a ship [...]

Written By: grant on June 9, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Hover Whales</i> (from <i>Suggestions to the keepers of the U.S. life-saving stations, light-houses, and light-ships; and to other observers, relative to the best means of collecting and preserving specimens of whales and porpoises</i>. By Frederick W. True.)

Image originally from Suggestions to the keepers of the U.S. life-saving stations, light-houses, and light-ships; and to other observers, relative to the best means of collecting and preserving specimens of whales and porpoises. By Frederick W. True.

It seems like the whales hover courtesy of the Smithsonial Libraries Tumblr, which seems very likely to be [...]

Written By: grant on May 12, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Doris</i>, from <i>Le Larousse Pour Tous</i>, 1909.

“Genre de mollusques gastropodes, renfermant des animaux nus, de touts les mers.”

A popular genre of gastropods. Also the name of a boat (a dory, I reckon) and a mythological personage (daughter of Ocean and Tethys, wife of Neree, have no idea what she’s really known for).

Happy Mother’s Day, little nudibranch.

We’ve had The [...]

Written By: grant on April 10, 2013 No Comment

This is a few weeks old by now, but still in fashion in a gorgeously disgusting way. Science News celebrates the creation of fine fabrics using hagfish slime:

“The tensile properties approach those of spider silk, and that’s very exciting,” says biomaterials specialist Douglas Fudge of the University of Guelph in Canada. Synthetic fabrics such [...]

Written By: grant on March 28, 2013 No Comment

Vice, of all publications, examines the strange chemistry of the first-known psychedelic sponges… trying to figure out why sponges would make something as potent as DMT anyway:

It would be a tragically anthropocentric mistake to assume that Smenospongia aurea produces 5-Br-DMT and related tryptamines to provide terrestrial vertebrates such as you and me with [...]

Written By: grant on March 20, 2013 No Comment

BBC reveals that giant squid, no matter where they’re found or how different from each other they look, are all genetically really close to one another:

An international team of researchers investigated rare samples of the elusive animals’ DNA to reveal their family secrets.

They discovered that there is just a single species of squid [...]

Written By: grant on March 17, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Frutti di Mare</i>, by W.F. Phillips, 1974.


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I couldn’t resist this when I saw the name of the book it came from: Italian Food, by Elizabeth David. It’s an improbable English cookbook from the 1950s:

…David was a knowledgeable cook who delighted in the history and sensuality of recipes, sometimes at the expense of the how-to. Her instructions [...]

Written By: grant on March 12, 2013 No Comment

NBC News is wondering what’s behind the massive blooms of marine microorganisms that are killing so many manatees:

Florida wildlife officials report that 149 of the gentle giants have been killed by red tide this year in just two and a half months, making it almost certain that the state will pass the record [...]

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