Jul 24

Sex! Coral! Worms! For Science!


Nerd Blog Time!

This week has been very exciting for the marine science community on Guam. I’ve been hanging out with the awesome people from Seacore, who have been doing talks, dives, and pretty much all things coral, including assisting in coral sexy time! 

While I was hanging out at the lab (listening to sleazy saxophone music and adjusting for intimate lighting, of course), Masters students Marylou and Anna were out snorkeling at one of our local beaches to watch the action in its natural setting.  What they found was much more exciting than they could have expected.

  Innumerous Palola viridis also took advantage of the sexy season and greeted the divers, creating a colorful, yet squeamish experience!

I’m still not sure whether or not to regret my missing out on this particular event…image




Sweet worms, yo!

Jul 23


Jul 22

misshatress said: Hello! There's been a question that's always been bothering me (apologies if someone has asked this already!) but what exactly is Déjà vu and why does it happen?

We’ve actually done an episode on this which you can see right here! But the short answer to why is ????? we just don’t know, but there are many, many plausible theories.


Anonymous said: Is the earth flat or hollow or something else?

Something else!

“And finally, a note about beaver butts. They smell delightful.” —

-Hank Green (via hankgreenoutofcontext)




Jul 21

Anteater anatomy


For the zoological illustration final, we were required to illustrate a fully fleshed out mammal as well as the full skeleton and musculature for a region of the body. I wanted to focus my project on the anteater’s feeding habits so the pose I drew was of the anteater digging so that I could show the musculature of the arm. I also created a composite of the head, showing the musculature of the tongue and mouth.


All three layers combines in photoshop.


Fleshed out anteater digging. I worked heavily from a plastic figurine since I couldn’t find many good reference pictures of the pose. 


The anteater’s full skeleton. The back was painted with white and yellow ochre acrylic and the details were rendered on the front in graphite and colored pencil.


Musculature of the arms. Supposedly the giant anteater is capable of crushing jaguar in their arms, so I figured it would be the most action-packed region of the animal.

See also: Anteater Composite

Super cool!

(via scientificillustration)