Aren't Ammonites just the best!

January 11, 2011

Ammonite diet revealed in X-rays


Designer bacteria heal cracks in concrete buildings

November 16, 2010


October 6, 2010

"In some cases, nearly 80 percent of what I found was new to science," Naskrecki told LiveScience. "Almost every species I collected was new, or it was something that had not been seen for 100 years or so. To me, it was like landing on another planet."

I Dig Brazil Starts!

September 21, 2010

This Monday was the launch of I Dig Brazil, the third installment in the I Dig Science series! This year’s collaboration between the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) and Global Kids is bigger and better as we transition from a summer camp to a full semester after-school program. While there have been a few growing pains, the teens and facilitators are eager to “dig” in! Teens in Chicago and New York will work collaboratively in Teen Second Life go on a virtual paleontological dig with a team of international scientists in Brazil.

BioCurious: A Hackerspace for Biotech

September 9, 2010

"A hackerspace is a place for collaboration, learning, and community support. The model has been wildly successful for IT and hardware, let's try BIO!"

A neat kickstarter project that's trying to get funded, check it out!

Happy 21st Maria!

September 7, 2010

Happy 21st Birthday to the BEST intern ever! (times infinity)

Opinions on Saving a Virtual Reef

September 2, 2010

Occasionally, in WhyReef, a perturbation is introduced resulting in the reefs degradation. Currently, the North Reef is undergoing a bleaching event and Whyvillians are rallying to Save the Reef. They are given several options to participate and find ways to bring the reef back to a healthy state. One of these actions includes writing articles for the Whyville Times to inspire other Whyvillians.

Smithsonian NMNH bird collection

August 17, 2010


August 10, 2010

Go to, and click to protect rainforest habitat. You can click once per day and sponsors will donate 11.4 square feet per click.

Attack of the Giant Arthropods

July 28, 2010

The next version of the EOL API will include counts of subtaxa, among other things, so I'm tinkering with VoLE to display these counts as node area.

I may leave it in as an option, but scaling the area linearly with number of subtaxa is not going to be very usable:

And the logarithm of the number of subtaxa doesn't seem to do justice to the larger groups:

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