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Cyanobacteria and Misery: The Many Hats of Anna Zakrisson (Women in Science 51)

A large black labrador pushes through the snow, pulling a sledge of scientific equipment to the foot of a glacier while behind him plods a scientist and his determined five year old daughter.  They are here, in northern Sweden, to measure the rate of glacial melting.  Within a year, he’ll …

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Cuttlefish in the Home Aquarium Part 2

Within the first week, the other three eggs hatched. According to others who have kept bandensis cuttlefish, if they are born with a yolk sac still attached, as Lazarus was, the survival rate is pretty dismal. However, since I helped him to struggle free of his with a pipette, it’s …

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Cuttlefish in the Home Aquarium Part 1

In August, I began a project that I’d wanted to do for a very long time: keeping dwarf cuttlefish in a home aquarium. I’ve been a long-time aquarist, and have even kept octopuses on a few occasions, but cuttlefish had always been hard to come by. In August I received …

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Heritage and Challah

This past weekend was Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish new year. Which is all well and good, but why would a devout atheist stay up late making challah, and why would she write about it for this blog?

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Making Mycological Masterpieces

Identifying mushrooms can be a lot of fun, but it can also leave you with beautiful artwork. Today I would like to tell you about the mycologist’s art: spore prints. When identifying mushrooms, one of the key features is spore color. The spores of a mushroom are its reproduction unit, …

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Yet another high profile paper about yet another epigenome that says the same thing, yet again.

A recent study developed a new way of probing the genome for “accessible” sites, and found the same things that we’ve been seeing for years.

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Gotta Formalin ’em All: The Marine Biology of Eugenie Clark, The Shark Lady. (Women in Science 42)

To the uninitiated, there seems a dizzying amount of carnage wrapped up in advancing biological knowledge. Every scrap of information that we have about the function of an unknown organ or curious behavior of an obscure species is usually bought in the coin of death. Sometimes, that knowledge lets us …