Pharyngula

Last month, Michael Balter published a story in Science about sexual misconduct in anthropology (I also mentioned it). A research assistant reported that Brian Richmond had assaulted her at a conference. In late September 2014, less than 2 months after Richmond had begun at AMNH, he and the research assistant attended a meeting of the…

They’re adorable! And you could watch them chase down, capture, and bloodily devour guppies! But they’re also delicate and demanding, and I sure wouldn’t rush to try‚Ķand I’m an experienced aquarist. But if you really must, here’s a discussion of a standard protocol.

So now I’m thinking Mexico.

The story should begin with the victim. This is Kim Suozzi, 23 years old, and diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer that was going to kill her within a few months. She’s doomed and she knows it, so she has gone to Alcor, signed over her life insurance money, and asked to have her head…

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Not candy

No, you’ll never convince me to eat it.

A strange new octopod has been discovered deep in the ocean. There’s also a video.

That paper that cited the Creator for designing the hand has been retracted. The authors say it was a translation error — that they assumed that “Creator” was synonymous with “nature” in English, and apparently, they weren’t aware of the potential for willful misinterpretation of the word “design” in the creationist community. I can sort…

Needs more milkweed. By the way, my colleague at UMM, Margaret Kuchenreuther, was recently on our local gardening show, Prairie Yard and Garden, to talk about the plants and the monarchs. You can watch it here!

Clearly, the best place for the mysterious island lair of a super-villain who likes invertebrates has to be Christmas Island. So cuddly! I wonder if I could swap our cat for one?

This is a recently caught specimen of Onykia robusta, the third largest species of squid in the world. Everyone knows the colossal squid and the giant squid, which can get to be about 15 meters long, but the Robust Clubhook squid is #3 at 4 meters.