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The joy of click

Wienieish or not, I was actually chasing a special sort of buzz, a special moment that comes sometimes. One teacher called these moments “mathematical experiences.” What I didn’t know then was that a mathematical experience was aesthetic in nature, an…

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Litter Critters: Intro to the Mites and the ancestral group, the Opilioacarida

The greatest diversity of soil invertebrates is going to be found in the Acari, or, the mites.  At the mention of the word ‘mite’, plenty of folks will instantly think of ticks – those specialized, blood-thirsty mites in the suborder…

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Oh, snap!, molecular biology

I know, I know. Molecular biologists are an easy target for us field types. Just the other day Dr. Corrie Moreau, ant systematist extraordinaire, repeated an old joke with gusto over a Friday Skype: So a stranger comes up to a sheepherder and…

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An achilles heel for bionic plants?

Cool news on the renewable energy front from  Joseph Torella and colleagues published in a recent PNAS. The upshot: use photovolatic cells to provide electicity to a cobalt-phosphate catalyst that splits water into O’s and H’s, then feed those split-off H’s to an engineered soil…

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Patton Oswalt on Grad School

Does anyone act more like an overserious senior citizen with time running out on their chance for immortality than someone in their twenties? Sounds like grad school to me. from Silver Screen Fiend, a memoir

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From the always dependable XKCD comics

Just go there.

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Litter Critters: Introduction to the Opilionids

Illustration and text by Brittany Benson Opilio is Latin for shepherd.  In some places, shepherds walk on stilts to make an easier time of counting their flocks, so, it was only sensible to give this name to these arachnids.  How…

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HENRi: a new take on 2001 A Space Odyssey

The long reach of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece is evident everywhere nowadays. The latest, and certainly one that packs the most bang for the buck, is HENRi, which, will stay with you far longer than its 20 minute run time. It is hard to…

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