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7Jul/09Off

Carnival of Evolution #13 – FYI:Science!

Okay, so I'm a week late posting the link (sorry!), but the Carnival of Evolution #13 is now live in technicolored form at FYI:Science!.

Quite a selection of excellent articles is up for your perusal - so go over and get some summer evolutionary reading under your belt!Be sure to submit your own writings next month to the Carnival of Evolution #14, which will be hosted by Quintessence of Dust.
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*image source:Parallel FoxP1 and FoxP2 Expression in Songbird and Human Brain Predicts Functional Interaction via AK's Rambling Thoughts.

3Jun/09Off

Carnival of Evolution #12 – Deep-Sea News

Yeah - I can't seem to find the internet lately. I just managed to snatch this little glimpse of it in the pale moonlight in between wake/work cycles, so here I am. I won't bother giving you more excuses. Besides, Miriam has already used up all the best ones.

However, I need to take this time to get out the link for the next edition of that digital warehouse of evolutionary writing, the Carnival of Evolution.

The Carnival of Evolution #12 is now live over at the bastion of oceanic information and enthusiasm, Deep-Sea News, carefully assembled by Kevin Zelnio. From the nitty-gritty details of evolutionary mechanisms to that old chestnut, the never-ending peddling of creationism, Kevin wraps up the last month's worth of excellent evolutionary writing to scratch that itch you know your brain's been feeling since the last edition (despite the lack of nociceptors in your brain).

Be sure to submit your own writings next month to the Carnival of Evolution #13, which will be hosted by FYI: Science!

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*image source: Amazon via Living the Scientific Life.

4May/09Off

Blog Update & Carnival of Evolution #11 – Oh, For the Love of Science!

Well, as some of you have no doubt noticed, I have been rather absent from the internets as of late. On top of a heavy load of scientific experiments on my plate, I'm also spending almost every waking minute trying to get my house ready to sell for my impending move to Pittsburgh (which includes painting every square inch inside and out - and let me just say that painting exterior trim sucks!).

Thus I have had zero time to even read new interesting science literature, much less write about it.  That being said, I have had time to keep my camera on hand as I piddle around the house. Considering that Spring is out in full force here, I have quite a few really good shots I will be showing you all soon.

In the meantime, you should definitely check out the Carnival of Evolution #11, which is now live over at Oh, For the Love of Science!, care of the wonderful writer, Allie. Take a stroll with her through the Museum of Natural History as she ponders the ontogeny and phylogeny of life and the implications thereof, all the while pointing you to some of the best evolution writing from the past month.

Be sure to submit your own writings next month to the Carnival of Evolution #12, which will be hosted by the so-famous-he's-infamous Kevin Zelnio at Deep-Sea News.

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*image source: Alex Wild / Live Science via The Primate Diaries.

13Apr/09Off

Great Darwin Beard Challenge – Month 2

Oh yes, woolly we be. Check out the latest update on our celebratory Darwin beard contest over at Southern Fried Science.

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19Mar/09Off

Great Darwin Beard Challenge – Week 4 – The Mugshots

Alright, so Kevin at Deep-Sea News got a little busy this past week "laying down the hardwood." He claims this involved flooring installation...

Thus I have taken on the reigns of presenting this week's Great Darwin Beard Challenge images.

For those of you new here (and I know there are several due to my Science Blogging: The Future of Science Communication & Why You Should be a Part of it), check out the links at the bottom for previous installments. The short of it: from Darwin's birthday in February to the anniversary of the Origin of Species in October, we are competing for the title of "Most Darwinesque Beard."

Each week, we generally have some theme for the images, mainly just to keep ourselves entertained and distract us from the itchiness and rejections from our significant others.

Kevin's instructions this week were to take "mugshots. Try to look as criminally insane as possible."

Great Darwin Beard Challenge - Week 4

Great Darwin Beard Challenge - Week 4 (click for larger)

Participants: Andrew, the Southern Fried Scientist of Southern Fried Science, Kevin of Deep-Sea News and The Other 95%, Me, David "WhySharksMatter" also of Southern Fried Science, and David2 marine graduate student without a blog.

Personally, I think that I win the "criminally insane" look. David1 definitely has the "mentally challenged" look going for him. Andrew just looks guilty and perhaps drugged. Kevin and David2 both have the "yeah - I did it - whatcha gonna do about it" look.

Next week will be hosted by David at Southern Fried Science. Thereafter, we will be moving to biweekly updates of the contest. Technically, we are in Week 5 right now - these images are from last week.

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