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Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

When it comes to ‘catfishing‘, the bioluminescent fungi of the Agaricales order have the process down to a science.Each night, they emit a steady green light out into the darkness in … Continue Reading Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

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PopNature: Charming animal-inspired multi tools by Kikkerland Design

According to their website, Kikkerland Design is a place “where creativity runs rampant and even the most utilitarian gadget becomes a delightful discovery.”That certainly seems to be the case. Spend … Continue Reading PopNature: Charming animal-inspired multi tools by Kikkerland Design

To expand athletic facilities, ULM will destroy its natural history collection if new home not found by July

The University of Louisiana at Monroe clearly defined its priorities this week when it ordered the curators of its natural history collection to find a new home for their 6.5 million … Continue Reading To expand athletic facilities, ULM will destroy its natural history collection if new home not found by July

Leveraging Ecology: Harris hawks patrol the Festival de Cannes.

After a seagull swooped onto a table at the the Cannes Grand Hyatt and knocked a glass of wine over on actress Sophie Marceau in 2011, the hotel knew it couldn’t let a … Continue Reading Leveraging Ecology: Harris hawks patrol the Festival de Cannes.

Running Birds of Prey by Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas is a UK-based wildlife photographer whose work you may recognize from BBC Wildlife Magazine. Though he has a keen eye for capturing compelling images of all manner of … Continue Reading Running Birds of Prey by Austin Thomas

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)

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

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.

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?

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

Invertebrate of the Week #15 – Gorgonocephalus Basket Stars

The stars of the show this week are the wonderfully weird Gorgonocephalus basket stars.  Members of the Class Ophiurodea, these bizarre deep sea echinoderms are members of the same evolutionary group that brought us all … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #15 – Gorgonocephalus Basket Stars

PopNature: Thomas Paulsom’s LEGO Birds Go Live as an Official Set

Maybe you haven’t heard of Thomas Paulsom.  Back in 2012, his fantastic LEGO representations of British birds popped up on Lustik and Flickr.  Since then, his creations have garnered enough praise … Continue Reading PopNature: Thomas Paulsom’s LEGO Birds Go Live as an Official Set

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