My dear friend and photographer Emily Bruso helped me out with some new head shots recently, so I'll be gradually updating my various pages and what-not. In the meantime, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and see what the masterpiece the Google Arts and Culture app would pair me with, and, unfortunately, it does appear … Continue reading New Headshots–Thanks Emily Bruso
So a friend tagged me on Facebook with a "What's your spirit biological macromolecule quiz?" from Buzzfeed. (I'm collagen, thanks for asking.) The questions were ridiculous and silly, but I thought--what a great idea! I can see getting kids to write quizzes... What step of photosynthesis are you? (Are you the sort to have your … Continue reading Buzzfeed Biology (and other sciences)
The munchkins and I have been having a blast with a face swapping app recently. I've been wracking my brain for a science education use for it. So today we played at being physicists and face swapping with Einstein. This was the best of the girl munchkin: She wouldn't let me post what his face … Continue reading Face Swap!
Thought this image might be fun for teachers using Chapter 13 of Once Upon a Life Science Book. By the way, if you have a copy of the book from the first printing (you can find out on the copyright page), you have errors on pp. 130-131. The pages are correct in more recent printings, … Continue reading Socially Awkward Penguin
Is it gold? Gold is heavier than pyrite, so it should feel heavy in your hand. Stick a needle in it. Gold is soft, malleable, and won't chip. Likewise, the edges of its crystals smooth easily, so it's rare to find sharply defined crystals. Gold is shiny even when it is dry and in the … Continue reading Who wore it better? (the errata edition)
Yup, many swallowtail caterpillars disguise themselves as bird poop. What better way to keep birds from eating you? (The lovely poop shot comes from Gerry Wykes at Naturespeak—a blog with fantastic, unusual nature photos. Gerry approved this post, but told me it looked like cr*p…)
The Yellow Jacket Hover Fly, Milesia virginiensis, is a biological mimic. It reaps all the benefits (if you call making small children scream a benefit) of being a stinging insect without actually having to expend the energy to make venom. Specifically, this hover fly mimics the Southern Yellow Jacket, Vespula squamosa. However, the whole hover … Continue reading Who Wore It Better?