Biochemical Soul Musings on Nature, Science, Evolution, Biology, and Education

12Mar/09Off

What would YOU like to know about sharks?

Why do sharks matter?

Why do sharks matter?

One of my science blogger buddies, WhySharksMatter over at Southern Fried Science, has received the opportunity to interview an influential shark researcher, Dr. Dan Abel. He is asking for anyone and everyone to pose a question you would like asked of Dr. Abel. Perhaps you want to know something about sharks or maybe something about what it's like to study sharks or why he chose to study them. There are any number of fascinating things to be asked. I asked an interesting one myself (at least I think it's interesting).

So if you have any shark-related questions you'd like answered by an actual shark expert, head over to this post right now and leave your question in the comments section.

19Feb/09Off

Great Darwin Beard Challenge – Week 1

Okay, so technically this is Day 5 (I'm two days behind the other guys). But for consistency's sake, I'll just fudge the data a little bit and call it day 7, at the risk of looking relatively less manly.

This week's Great Darwin Beard Challenge update is hosted by Kevin Zelnio of Deep-Sea News.

Just to remind you:

"As some of you may know, Andrew, the Southern Fried Scientist, and Kevin Zelnio of The Other 95% and Deep Sea News have begun a Darwinian celebratory challenge of manly proportions. Between February 12th (Darwin’s 200th birthday) and October 1st (The 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, according to the first edition cover) they will be evolving from relatively smooth-skinned baby-faced boys to hirsute woolly men in The Great Darwin Beard Challenge."

At least two Davids have joined in the competition as well.

Top Right - sexiest deep sea biologist, Kevin Z; Top Left - second sexiest deep sea biologist, Souther Fried Scientist; Bottom Right - just another sexy PhD candidate in deep sea biology, David; Bottom Left - not a deep sea biologist, but sexy nonetheless, Irradiatus from Biochemical Soul. Insets are from T=0.

Quote DSN: "Top Right - sexiest deep sea biologist, Kevin Z; Top Left - second sexiest deep sea biologist, Souther Fried Scientist; Bottom Left - just another sexy PhD candidate in deep sea biology, David; Bottom Right - not a deep sea biologist, but sexy nonetheless, Irradiatus from Biochemical Soul. Insets are from T=0." Personally I find my self esteem slightly lower when my face is placed next to these dudes.

Reminder:

"Now, as a normally bearded man, I would love to say that I’m gonna make it through this thing. However, my local environment will most likely soon be invaded by the new selective pressures of interviews and job talks (not to mention the already constant sexual selection pressures from my wife to maintain no upper lip hair). As such, I will most likely have to represent an extinction event in this Darwinian challenge.  But I will continue for as long as possible."

The Great Darwin Beard Challenge:

14Feb/09Off

Ocean Boys, I Accept Your Great Darwin Beard Challenge…

For awhile anyway.

As some of you may know, Andrew, the Southern Fried Scientist, and Kevin Zelnio of The Other 95% and Deep Sea News have begun a Darwinian celebratory challenge of manly proportions. Between February 12th (Darwin's 200th birthday) and October 1st (The 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, according to the first edition cover) they will be evolving from relatively smooth-skinned baby-faced boys to hirsute woolly men in The Great Darwin Beard Challenge.

Now, as a normally bearded man, I would love to say that I'm gonna make it through this thing. However, my local environment will most likely soon be invaded by the new selective pressures of interviews and job talks (not to mention the already constant sexual selection pressures from my wife to maintain no upper lip hair). As such, I will most likely have to represent an extinction event in this Darwinian challenge.  But I will continue for as long as possible.

So with that I give you Day 1:

Say 1 - Smooooth

Day 1 - Freshly shorn and smooth (random: the cat, "Dizzy," has epilepsy - we named him before he became neurologically abnormal)