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Squid studies: A portal to the cephalopods?

Editor's Note: Marine biologist William Gilly is on an expedition to study Humboldt squid on the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System research vessel New Horizon in the Gulf of California...

June 21, 2010 — William Gilly

Full genome sequence shows body lice have lousy sense of smell

The body louse, a plague to humans and our ancestors for millions of years, subsists exclusively on our unwitting hospitality. Scientists have now parsed the modern human body louse's ( Pediculus humanus humanus ) genome, revealing a deep evolutionary dependence on humans and "remarkable completeness," despite being the shortest yet decoded in the insect group, the researchers wrote in a study published online June 21 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ...

June 21, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Deepwater spill survey: Smoke on the water, burnt oil in the sky

Editor's Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler, Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster area to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged Macondo 252 well...

June 21, 2010 — David Valentine and Eric Chan

Found Today, Gone Tomorrow?: Gulf oil spill could wipe out a newly discovered species

A newfound subspecies that hasn't even been properly named yet could be wiped out by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, its discoverer has now warned. The Louisiana pancake batfish, a previously unknown subspecies of pancake batfish ( Halieutichthys aculeatus ), was discovered six months ago by Prosanta Chakrabarty, assistant professor and curator of ichthyology at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences in Baton Rouge...

June 21, 2010 — John Platt

Monday Pets: Caring For Babies and Pets

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! I spent a lot of time today thinking back to why I started blogging in the first place, while I was at my parents house doing the other-than-science things that I love to do: playing with the dog, cooking, gardening...

June 21, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Deepwater spill survey: Still waters run deep

Editor's Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler, Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, has traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster area to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged Macondo 252 well...

June 18, 2010 — John Kessler

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