Monthly Archives: November 2011

Laugh or weep: the Daily Show uncovers what Science is really up to!

You gotta see this! Utter hilarity – if it wasn’t so serious a problem right now.

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Why Full Open Access Matters

There is a Perspecitves article on PLoS Biology titled “Why Full Open Access Matters“, by Michael W. Carroll. Worth a read. In fact, I learned some facts from this that shocked me. – Access to scholarly journals, instead of getting … Continue reading

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Stoking and smoothing my press dislike

As you probably have already gathered from my previous posts I am usually no big friend of the press, or rather of its members. There have been a number of laudable exceptions (one example here), and as my career progresses … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 3

Let me start with a sad update on Mammal Monday 1: it already happened in April, but I only heard now that the little rock-climbing elephant and her sister have both died ofherpes. There is a very ugly story to … Continue reading

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More “press” for my talk

It’s been a while now that I gave my SVP talk and posted about it (part 1, part 2, part 3). And that means that the (excellent) Nature News article has seeped down into the abysses of the Internet. The … Continue reading

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Theropod attacks!

Dan Chure (of, among many other things, Dinosaur National Monument [boring gov link, wikipedia is better for a quick overview] blog fame) just sent a link to the Dinosaur Mailing List about theropods attacking humans. I’ve seen crows divebomb people, … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 2: biggest extant theropod

I recently got an angry email from a BANDit (or rather, MANIAC [maniraptorans are not in actuality coelurosaurs]) believer when I called a bird a theropod. Well, for a good take-down of BANDitry up to that date, see Prum 2003. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Whine and Dinopic of the Day 17

“I have too little time!” Currently, there is so much stuff I must do, so much I want to do, and so much I should do but can procrastinate a bit longer. OK, I am very adept at starting new … Continue reading

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Mammal pic of the Day 11: Big Ibex is watching you!

I recently spent a day at the Berlin Zoo with the family. They have a great ibex enclosure, a huge pyramid of stones. Lots of animals were standing, sitting and walking around and all over it. One guy, however, clearly … Continue reading

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Illiteracy, bad faith or gobbledygook? Chinese whispers of my talk

There is a wonderful table floating around the Internet that translates key words used by scientists, but also gives the terms usually erroneously understood by the public. I don’t remember where I got it from, I have to admit. it … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 1: CMNH T. rexes

Over at Archosaur Musings my esteemed colleague Dave Hone has just published a series of posts on the Carnegie Museum of Natural History‘s (CMNH) Tyrannosaurs rex mounts. That’s stealing my thunder; I had a wonderful visit to the CMNH in … Continue reading

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Dinopic of the day 16: SMA beauties 2

Today, some appeasement for the theropod lovers I shafted in the last post by showing only a duck’s butt. The Sauriermusem Aathal has a bunch of great dinosaur skeletons, some of which I mentioned previously. Among them is one of … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 2

Skull and dextral pectoral region of Homo sapiens sapiens juvenile in posterolateral view (my daughter), diving juvenile Hippopotamus amphibius for scale. Photo taken at Tiergarten Friedrichsfelde Berlin.

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Want a good write-up?

Sorry, this will be a text-only post. To make up for it there will be a pretty theropod picture at the bottom. Promise! In the sadly late Douglas Adam‘s wonderful Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there is one thing a … Continue reading

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My SVP talk: Fast Forward Dinosaurs part 3

The last post on my SVP 2011 talk took us to the point where I said that modeling a dinosaur made me realize that Alexander’s formula can’t be applied to typical dinosaurs. How did this come about? Diplodocus non-running for … Continue reading

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