Category Archive: Organisms

Mar 21 2014

Friday Cephalopod: Flamboyantly poisonous

Perth Scuba

In case you’re wondering how anything could be this gaudy and survive, it couples the color to a nasty toxin saturating its flesh. “Eat me and die,” it’s saying.

Mar 20 2014

Not for the arachnophobes

For the rest of us, though, this is adorable.

Mar 19 2014

Botanical Wednesday: One mighty big tree

NGS Picture ID:1507300

If you’re wondering how that photo was taken…

Mar 17 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Melancholy movie


All the biologists out there know about the heath hen: it’s probably the number one most common example of a recent extinction discussed in considerable detail, because it illustrates so well that extinction is a product of so many factors, from habitat loss to inbreeding to predation to competition to climate shifts to you name …

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Mar 14 2014

Friday Cephalopod: You’d be grumpy if your name were ‘Stubby’, too

David Todd

Mar 10 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: the worthy sponge

The image shows approximately 16 choanocyte chambers, each about 30 micrometers in diameter—about the size of a pollen grain. The green color marks the flagella—hair-like structures that pump the water. The red color marks the cytoskeleton, which includes a structure called the collar (not visible here) that captures the prey. The light-blue regions mark the nuclei of individual choanocytes.

Mar 07 2014

Friday Cephalopod: I think he’s looking for Spongebob

Susan Gardner

Mar 05 2014

Who’s the real winner here?


The cows. Thousands of years of sneaky deviousness — do not fear Skynet, it’s the time when the cows achieve full sentience (if they haven’t already) and rise up against us that you should be dreading.

Mar 03 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Nom nom nom

Australian Geographic

Feb 28 2014

Friday Cephalopod: So, I failed the test, like, twice. Now what do I do?


I tried to take the cephalopod intelligence test. James Wood, a teuthologist (cephalopod scientist), imagined creating an intelligence test for humans, by an octopus: “So the octopus thinks: ‘All right. I’m going to make an intelligence test for humans, because they show a little bit of promise, in a very few ways.’ And the first …

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