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iPhone Apps for Naturalists (2016)

Refreshing the List for 2016This is an update of a post that initially appeared in 2014 highlighting iPhone apps for naturalists. Whether you’re a birder, stargazer, or mushroom fanatic (is there a nickname … Continue Reading iPhone Apps for Naturalists (2016)

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Guide to the best Falcon Cams of 2016

In case you were unaware, it’s Falcon Cam season and conservation groups, energy companies, libraries, etc. all have their Falcon Cams up and running. The 24-hour live streams give viewers an … Continue Reading Guide to the best Falcon Cams of 2016

Superb soil mesofauna photos by Andy Murray

I’ve never met Andy Murray in-person, but I feel like we’re kindred spirits when it comes to how we feel about the natural sciences.Andy is the “photographer, writer, entomologist and traveller” behind … Continue Reading Superb soil mesofauna photos by Andy Murray

Noteworthy: “Brilliant Botany” Youtube Series

 Launched in 2011, Brilliant Botany began as a blog created by Claire Hopkins while studying Plant Science and English as an undergraduate. Initially a platform for Claire to share her contagious … Continue Reading Noteworthy: “Brilliant Botany” Youtube Series

Invertebrate of the Week #18 – Variable Thorny Oyster (Spondylus varius)

Thorny oysters are a genus of bivalve molluscs and are the only genus within the family Spondylidae. The term ‘thorny oyster’ is a misnomer since this organisms aren’t closely related to true oysters and are … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #18 – Variable Thorny Oyster (Spondylus varius)

Zoosphere and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin make high resolution insect specimen images freely available.

 Biologist Alexander Kroupa and a team of 14 colleagues are working with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin on a huge undertaking: make high resolution images of the museum’s insect collection of freely available … Continue Reading Zoosphere and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin make high resolution insect specimen images freely available.

Invertebrate of the Week #17 – Stygiomedusa gigantea

A total of 114 times in 110 years. That’s how many times researchers have observed the elusive Stygiomedusa gigantea, a giant deep sea jelly with a bell 1.4 meters wide and broad … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #17 – Stygiomedusa gigantea

Guido Mocafico’s Blaschka glass biological model photographs

Generations before 3D printing was available to museums and institutions of higher learning, father and son glass-makers Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka were working tirelessly to produce thousands of glass models of invertebrate … Continue Reading Guido Mocafico’s Blaschka glass biological model photographs

Chip Clark’s Iconic National Museum of Natural History Photos Resurface

Chip Clark  joined the team at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (SI NMNH) in 1973 as a staff photographer. In addition to capturing high speed images of flying … Continue Reading Chip Clark’s Iconic National Museum of Natural History Photos Resurface

What are the True Colors of the Martian Landscape?

On October 2nd, NASA/JPL released this ‘postcard‘ from the Curiosity rover showing the higher regions of Mount Sharp as viewed from the rover’s work-site in the Gale Crater. The scene seems jarringly familiar … Continue Reading What are the True Colors of the Martian Landscape?

Space Phenomena: Pulsars

Pulsars are one of my favorite astronomical phenomena.  They are an amazing consequence of some fascinating physics and one possible end-result of the largest known explosions in the universe.  So…what is … Continue Reading Space Phenomena: Pulsars

Invertebrate of the Week #16 – Peltodoris atromaculata

This week we are highlighting the distinctive nudibranch Peltodoris atromaculata.  A southern European species, this spotted Discodorid sea slug can be found throughout the Mediterranean and select locations off the western coast … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #16 – Peltodoris atromaculata

The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

Termites engineer their environments in ways that allow the area around their mounds to be buffered from climatic changes.That is the intriguing conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Science; providing … Continue Reading The Presence of Termites May Help Grasslands Resist Desertification.

What Gives Chrysina Beetles their Metallic Appearance?

This morning, I stumbled across this fantastic photograph from Thomas Shahan (@ThomasShahan) that was produced for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  It shows the same Chrysina sp. beetle illuminated under different lighting conditions.The … Continue Reading What Gives Chrysina Beetles their Metallic Appearance?

Noteworthy: Alex Cornell’s Deep Blue Iceberg

I have a fondness for icebergs.  There’s something about these quiet monoliths coursing across the polar seas that instantly commands my attention.  It’s just water, but these great white juggernauts have become … Continue Reading Noteworthy: Alex Cornell’s Deep Blue Iceberg

Long-tailed Tit Birds – More than Adorable

Long-tailed tits are adorable…they just are…They are so adorable that they will easily distract from anything I attempt to write so let’s all take-in their fluffy cuteness before proceeding, shall we?Now, … Continue Reading Long-tailed Tit Birds – More than Adorable

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