Archive for the ‘Life Sciences’ Category

Mackerel Beach Box Jellyfish

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

West Head Box Jellyfish Originally uploaded by c.j.b. We thought this was a killer tropical jellyfish - in Pittwater, Sydney! We were waiting on Mackerel Beach wharf for the next ferry back, on Sunday, and c.j.b. mentioned he'd seen a strange jellyfish and ...

Spring Watch

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Goodies fans may like to know that Bill Oddie has his own program, called Spring Watch on the BBC at the moment, which follows the passage of Spring through Britain. It gives you an idea of how cold it is here that it's nearly Summer but they're still talking about Spring. ...

Giant squid caught on film

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: The breakthrough has come from Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum in Tokyo and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association. Writing in a British scientific publication, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, Kubodera and Mori describe how they also used sperm whales ...

Immortality imminent?

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

From The Australian: It's a miracle: mice regrow hearts August 29, 2005 SCIENTISTS have created "miracle mice" that can regenerate amputated limbs or damaged vital organs, making them able to recover from injuries that would kill or permanently disable normal animals. The experimental animals are unique among mammals in their ability to regrow ...

Colour wheel

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

Very interesting colour wheel, showing the effects of colour blindness.

The War on Rationality

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Wonderful spoof! Click to see the full sized image.

Intelligent Design

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005


Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

I see these washed up on the beach frequently. Glaucus atlanticus. They are tiny sea slugs, molluscs, which float on the ocean on the hunt for their favourite prey, bluebottles (known elsewhere as Portuguese Man-O’-Wars). I try to encourage them by kicking them back into the water whenever I see them ...

Micro tick

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

Yuck. Just pulled the first micro tick of the season off my stomach. That's what I get for hiking in the bush. Micro ticks are what I call the first stage in the lifecycle of the paralysis tick. They have just hatched out and are as small as a grain of ...

Blue Bottle

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

Got stung by a blue bottle jellyfish today. I did one last trip to the beach before heading towards my boyfriend's house and I swam between the flags. I managed to dodge one floating blue bottle, and I really should have gotten out then but the water felt perfect. I stayed ...

Sea serpent

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Creature from the deep By February 7, 2005 A rare - and dead - oarfish washed up at City Beach in Perth yesterday, proving more than a handful for Troy Coward, Andy Mole and Axel Strauss (pictured). The serpent-like animal was found six metres offshore, bringing to at least ...


Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

These stickers are a marvelous send up of the stickers that Creationists like to stick on science books. My favourites: This book was anonymously donated to your school library to discreetly promote religious alternatives to the theory of evolution. When you are finished with it, please refile the book in the fiction ...

Evening beach

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Went to the beach in the afternoon as well, the first double visit of the season. It was beautiful. A near cloudless sky and a warm breeze. The tide was low and the sand much easier to walk on this time. I swam in the surf, which was much less rough, ...

Balanced madness

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

From The Age: Creation theory gets boost By Misha Schubert Political Correspondent Canberra November 18, 2004 Schools should teach the biblical creation story alongside evolutionary theory, Family First chairman Peter Harris said yesterday. While his fledgling party - arising out of the Assemblies of God church - had no formal policy on school curriculums, Mr Harris said ...

Indonesian Hobbits

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

From News4Jax: Scientists Find Skeleton Of Dwarf Cavewoman DENVER -- Scientists said Wednesday they've discovered the bones of a prehistoric human dwarf species -- a species that lived on a remote Indonesian island even as modern man thrived. The people appear to have lived on the island of Flores somewhere between 12,000 and ...


Friday, October 22nd, 2004

The jacaranda near my place is about to blossom. The one down at the Newport Arms started coming out a week ago. Jacaranda time signals the very beginning of the hot part of the year. It's early this year, I'm sure. The red bottlebrush are already starting to fade out. When they ...

Height of the Paralysis Tick Season

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

It's the height of the paralysis tick season. I pulled 3 adult paralysis ticks out of my dog tonight. The paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, is a scourge in my area. An adult paralysis tick will kill your dog or cat within days. There is no vaccine, and no pesticide that ...

Huge, Deformed Penis

Friday, October 8th, 2004

There's a Amorphophallus Titanum flower ("Corpse Flower") blooming in the Sydney Botanical Gardens greenhouse. The scientific name means "Huge, Deformed Penis". Photos of the flower show people around it wearing gas masks. It's supposed to smell like rotting flesh and bad cheese. I was in that greenhouse a few months ago. ...

Smoking Louse

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

From Better Humans: "Smoking Louse" Rewrites Human Evolution Parasite genes show that extinct hominid made contact with modern man By Liz Brown Betterhumans Staff 10/5/2004 4:27 PM Credit: Vincent S. Smith/University of Glasgow Head full of history: Head lice have revealed that the extinct species Homo erectus had direct contact with modern humans ...

A Dangerous Intersection

Friday, September 24th, 2004

From NASA: A Dangerous Intersection 07.09.04 Scientists recently discovered a link between a massive coral death in Indonesia, man-made forest fires, and El Nino. In 2001, geologist and marine scientist Nerilie Abram went out on a scientific snorkeling expedition in the eastern Indian Ocean. As part of her Ph.D. studies, she was planning to ...