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The cuteness of this little frog is almost more than I can bear. It was just made for eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! noises.

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Today there were double entendres and innuendo everywhere I looked. For example:

"The columella is thick and white, and the operculum is robust and horny".

I was doing research for work, I SWEAR. :/

Seriously, certain old scientists must've been twelve year-olds when writing these things. I mean, REALLY.
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From "Last Chance to See", Stephen Fry's new BBC series. Absolutely hilarious. The parrot looks so excited!
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Come join [ profile] ontd_science! Where articles are posted about the latest weird and wonderful news in the world of science. Topics range from animal life to psychology, from space exploration to conservation and environmental issues.

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Life is mostly boring lately, so here's something pretty to look at.

Winners of the 2008 Photomicrography Contest at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.

First prize went to an awesome photo of Loligo pealei larvae, entitled "An efflorescence of squid". The rest of the prizes and honorable mentions are pretty cool, too.
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Moment of headdesking during Countdown on MSNBC tonight: segment on Sarah Palin's first policy speech. During which she decided to focus on special needs education and the funding thereof and made this ludicrous statement about government funding:

"Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not."

As this article posted to [ profile] ontd_political points out, the fruit fly (Drosophila spp) is not only a model organism for genetics research, but has led to advancements in the understanding of special needs disorders such as autism. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with genetics research knows this. Model organisms are the foundation of such research.

Someone needs to ask Palin if she thinks we should toss all the fruit flies, white mice, and zebrafish aside and do genetics research on humans instead.


Sep. 10th, 2008 10:31 am
castalia: (Uninhabited) is the funniest thing I've seen all week.

Make sure to view the page source, too.

I never thought I'd have an actually relevant reason to use this SGA icon. *snerk*
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I've not managed to catch it on TV yet, but this Discovery Channel commercial makes me happier than words can say.

The World is Just Awesome, indeed. ♥ ♥ ♥

Bonus reference for giant squids!
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[ profile] greensilver just posted a link to the most fascinating article on why frogs are the best survivors among the vertebrates. Recent research shows frog eggs are capable of adapting in the presence of predators in various ways, while the tadpoles can change the color of their tails (to give predators a less lethal target to bite at) within a single generation.

The egg thing is particularly cool, as I've heard of many animals' eggs able to adapt hatching time according to the influence of water temperature and other such environmental variables, but never due to the simple chemical cues of a predator in such a specific way. I would love to read the articles produced from this research, if I can find what journals they're being published in. Way cool stuff.


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