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Groundhog links: Feb. 5-12

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, February 05, 2016
Updated: 13 hours ago

Groundhog links: Feb. 5-12

How high can the venus fly trap count?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/the-venus-flytrap-can-count-past-2/?WT.mc_id=SA_EVO_20160208

Full, free essay, links from Sci. Am.

Better to see than be: Xenoturbella monstroso

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12139467/Scientists-decode-riddle-of-deep-sea-purple-socks.html

Complete, free report, video, images from The Telegraph

Only known US jaguar

http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/new-video-captures-only-known-wild-jaguar-in-the-u-s1/?WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20160205

Free video from Sci. Am.

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Midwinter oddities: Jan. 28-Feb. 4

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 28, 2016
Updated: Monday, February 01, 2016

Midwinter oddities: Jan. 28-Feb. 4

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Vertebrates

Who killed big bird?

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2016/01/29/ancient-extinction-giant-australian-bird-points-humans

Complete, free report, links images, from Forbes

Is that what you wanted to know about manatees?

http://www.upworthy.com/youre-probably-already-a-manatee-fan-if-not-here-are-22-reasons-to-become-one?c=upw1

Free list, images from Upworthy

Jamaican anole

http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=80002

Press release, video, links from NSF

Invertebrates

Fighting, social octopuses

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2016/02/these-social-octopuses-are-combative?et_cid=5088242&et_rid=54713780&location=top&et_cid=5088242&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f02%2fthese-social-octopuses-are-combative%3fet_cid%3d5088242%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop

Complete, free report, image from R&D mag.

The tongue of the fly

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/45196/title/Image-of-the-Day--Taste-Tubes/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

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Interesting January: Jan. 21-28

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 21, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Interesting January: Jan. 21-28

New and old reptiles

The warm-blooded lizard of South America

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2074982-first-warm-blooded-lizards-switch-on-mystery-heat-source-at-will/

Full, free article, links, image, additional reading from New sci.

Just how fast was that Tyranid?

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2016/01/figuring-out-dinosaurs-speed?et_cid=5078466&et_rid=54713780&type=headline&et_cid=5078466&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f01%2ffiguring-out-dinosaurs-speed%3fet_cid%3d5078466%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dheadline

Full, free story from R&D mag.

Yes there were dragons in Wales!

http://www.rdmag.com/articles/2016/01/meet-dracoraptor-ancient-theropod-unearthed-wales?et_cid=5068101&et_rid=54713780&type=headline&et_cid=5068101&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2farticles%2f2016%2f01%2fmeet-dracoraptor-ancient-theropod-unearthed-wales%3fet_cid%3d5068101%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dheadline

Complete, free report, image from R&D mag.

Huge ancient crocodile from Tunisia

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2016/01/largest-prehistoric-marine-crocodile-discovered-tunisia?et_cid=5068119&et_rid=54713780&location=top&et_cid=5068119&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.biosciencetechnology.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f01%2flargest-prehistoric-marine-crocodile-discovered-tunisia%3fet_cid%3d5068119%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop

Full, free essay, image from Biosci. tech.

Other vertebrates

Zebra stripes: hiding from predators? Not so much

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0145679

Full, free article, images, linked citations from PLoS One

The mighty kick of the secretary birds

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35400385

Complete, free report, images, video from BBC

No backbones

Alien life? Microscopic and extinct?

http://www.rdmag.com/articles/2016/01/alien-life-likely-extinct-and-microbial-researchers-say?et_cid=5068867&et_rid=54713780&type=headline&et_cid=5068867&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2farticles%2f2016%2f01%2falien-life-likely-extinct-and-microbial-researchers-say%3fet_cid%3d5068867%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dheadline

Complete, free report from R&D mag.

Speaking of tapeworms

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1504801?query=TOC

Free, short note, image from New Engl. j. med.

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Strange winter: Jan. 14-21

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 14, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Strange winter: Jan. 14-21

Thanks to 'net detective Rhonda Fisher

Are these plants?

Zinnia in space!

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0117/Cosmic-first-Zinnia-flower-blooms-aboard-space-station

Complete, free story from Christ. sci. mon.

Pretty algae

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/45123/title/Image-of-the-Day--Green-Streams/

Short, free explanation, image from The Scientist

The Onion looks at higher ed.

http://chronicle.com/article/The-13-Best-Onion-/234957?cid=trend_au&elq=6c43f42e287d4ceea878ce274f8bdc8b&elqCampaignId=2243&elqaid=7559&elqat=1&elqTrackId=df6290aca9c3404ab64d57b3814ab1fd

Full, free list, links from Chron. Hi. Ed.

Some creatures!

Six smart animals

http://www.upworthy.com/kokos-not-alone-here-are-5-other-animals-that-are-almost-as-smart-as-humans?c=upw1&u=976fe28b526922e63b62b6e2751bfb8c57402a4a

Complete, free report, images, links from Upworthy

Lotta lizard: Titanosaurus

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/122-foot-titanosaur-staggeringly-big-dino-barely-fits-into-museum/?WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20160115

Full, free essay, images, links from Sci. Am.

Insects

Giant walking-stick rediscovered

http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/02/24/147367644/six-legged-giant-finds-secret-hideaway-hides-for-80-years?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

Complete, free report, images, video from NPR

The moth's tongue

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/45077/title/Image-of-the-Day--Sensory-Straw/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

Yikes: bugs in the house!

http://www.rdmag.com/articles/2016/01/house-creepy-crawlies-close-100-arthropod-species-found-us-home?et_cid=5064576&et_rid=54713780&location=top&et_cid=5064576&et_rid=54713780&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rdmag.com%2farticles%2f2016%2f01%2fhouse-creepy-crawlies-close-100-arthropod-species-found-us-home%3fet_cid%3d5064576%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26location%3dtop

Full, free essay, image from Biosci. tech.

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A New Year of oddness: Jan. 6-13

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A New Year of oddness: Jan. 6-13

Reptiles

The ballistic tongue of the chameleon

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep18625

Complete, free report, images, linked citations from Nature

The adder in the sand

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/45032/title/Image-of-the-Day--Adder-Ambush/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

Not reptiles

Tool-using crows

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/1223/Inventive-crows-caught-on-camera-making-tools-video

Full, free essay, image, links from Christian sci. monitor

The corpse lily blooms!

http://thescienceexplorer.com/nature/rare-corpse-lily-finally-blooms-after-growing-ten-years

Free video, other images from Sci. eplor.

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Oddness for the new year: Dec. 17-Jan. 5

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, December 17, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Oddness for the new year: Dec. 17-Jan. 5

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Got vertebrae

Australian sea snake species seen again

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/12/long-gone-australian-sea-snakes-reemerge?et_cid=5015749&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from R&D Mag.

Vasa parrots make their own calcium supplements

http://news.discovery.com/animals/parrots-make-their-own-vitamins-151215.htm

Short, free item, image from Discovery

Nope: no vertebrae

8 surprising facts about bacteria

http://biology.about.com/od/bacteriology/ss/8-Surprising-Things-You-Didnt-Know-About-Bacteria.htm

Complete, free report, images from About Ed.

Sneaky orchid

http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2016/01/orchids-give-human-body-odor-attract-mosquitoes

Short, free item, image from Science

Big squid

http://www.upworthy.com/when-a-giant-squid-appeared-in-the-harbor-this-man-grabbed-a-camera-and-jumped-in?c=upw1&u=976fe28b526922e63b62b6e2751bfb8c57402a4a

Full, free essay, images, video from Upworthy

The limpet's tongue

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/44786/title/Image-of-the-Day--Rasping-Radula/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

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Dizzy in December: Dec. 8-16

Posted By David L. Evans, Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 14, 2015

Dizzy in December: Dec. 8-16

Thanks to 'net detectives Jack Preston and Paul Blumstein

8 legs and loving it!

The John Travolta of spiders

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wild-things/male-peacock-spiders-best-dancers-get-girl

Full, free essay, image, video from Sci. News

Face mites

http://insects.about.com/od/ticksmites/f/Do-We-Really-Have-Bugs-Living-In-Our-Eyebrows.htm

Complete, free report, image, links from About ed.

Thunder lizards


80 million year old blood vessels from dinosaur

https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/12/schweitzer-vessels/

Press release, comments from N. Carolina State U.

Dinosaurs evolved quickly!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dinosaurs-evolved-in-a-startlingly-short-time/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20151208

Complete, free report, images, links, video from Sci. Am

Unarguably warm-blooded

Ancient Wyoming was dangerous!

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2014.1001492

Complete, free article, images, linked citations from J. vert. paleo.

Check out the talons on this harpy eagle

http://www.reshareworthy.com/harpy-eagle/#8WMXUglWfSpAMEEO.03

Short note, images, video from Reshareworthy

Whales!

http://www.livescience.com/28054-whales-giants-of-the-deep.html

Slide show from LiveScience

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Modern marvels: Nov. 25-Dec. 8

Posted By David L. Evans, Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Modern marvels: Nov. 25-Dec. 8*

Dry land critters

The changing shape of that stuff from a sneeze

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34914798

Complete, full report, video, image from BBC News

Leaping lizards? No: leaping ants!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/science/ants-with-leaping-ability.html?WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click&_r=0

Full, free story, image, links from NY Times

Great snakes! They evolved on the land, not the sea

http://www.rdmag.com/articles/2015/11/primordial-skull-provides-clues-limb-loss-snakes?et_cid=4972851&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, images from R&D Mag.

All wet

Neat facts about sharks

http://www.upworthy.com/these-beautiful-shark-facts-and-pictures-will-give-you-10-reasons-to-love-them?c=upw1&u=976fe28b526922e63b62b6e2751bfb8c57402a4a

Complete, free report, images from The Upworthiest

Tribrachium: basically bizarre

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bizarre-ancient-sea-creature-was-well-armed-for-feeding/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20151130

Full, free story, images from Sci. Am.

The head of the flatworm

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/11/biologists-induce-flatworms-grow-heads-brains-other-species?et_cid=4964166&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, images from R&D Mag.

Lots of pictures of sea animals

http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137023&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Press release, images from NSF

*With apologies to The Discovery Channel

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Recently interesting: Nov. 18-25

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, November 19, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Recently interesting: Nov. 18-25

Thanks to 'net detective A.J. Petto

At sea

Whales older than 150 years!

http://www.upworthy.com/the-oldest-whales-on-the-planet-are-more-ancient-than-moby-dick-and-have-the-harpoons-to-prove-it?c=upw1&u=976fe28b526922e63b62b6e2751bfb8c57402a4a

Complete, free report, links, images from The Upworthy

Eye see you: the multi-tasking armor of the chiton

http://www.livescience.com/52857-mollusk-has-eyes-made-of-armor.html

Full, free essay, images from LiveScience

Dry land

Beware the killer cucumber!

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/scientists-versus-cucumbers-no-lab-is-safe/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20151124

Free blog, video from Sci. Am.

Yikes: giant wasp loose in Canada--53 million years ago

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/giant-wasp-1.3324388

Complete, free report, link to abstract from CBCNews

Thunder lizards

The beginning and end of the dinosaurs

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dinosaurs-got-their-start-and-met-their-end-video/?WT.mc_id=SA_EVO_20151123

Full, free video from Sci. Am.

Did birds evolve from dinosaurs?

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/how-did-dinosaurs-regulate-their-body-temperature?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=5228f140ec-BioInteractive_News_Vol_6111_16_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-5228f140ec-69829121

Free teaching activity from HHMI

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Are you curious: Nov. 11-18

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, November 12, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Are you curious: Nov. 11-18

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

The glowing eel

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/44466/title/Image-of-the-Day--Glowing-Eel/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

The pregnant brittle star

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/11/brooding-brittle-star-babies-3d?et_cid=4946769&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from Biosci. Tech.

What about millipedes?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjNQUOYtZC0&feature=youtu.be

Free from YouTube

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