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From the Archives: Shrimp Tails - Describing a New Species

***Just wanted to thank everyone for the support while my son was ill. It meant so much to me! It took 2 and half weeks, a transfer to a regional children's hospital and a surgical tube in his chest to drain nearly 80mL of fluid that compressed his lung, due to the infection...

February 26, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Scientists, Fight For Access!

Ask many scientists what they believe separates the pursuit of scientific inquiry from most everything else and you'll get a wide range of open-ended, flowery, idealistic, and nearly altruistic, statements like "unlock the mysteries of the world", "the thrill of discovery", "making a meaningful contribution to society", or "improving people's lives"...

January 6, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

The (Mis)use of Messaging in Biodiversity Loss Prevention

One of the challenges of biodiversity conservation is evoking a sense of place and an urgency of action to people. When we can’t even agree on a definition of what biodiversity is, it makes it all the more difficult to tell the public they should give a damn...

January 4, 2012 — Kevin Zelnio

Cave-Dwelling Invertebrates Enjoy Exotic Cuisine

[caption id="attachment_365" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Jenolan Caves, Australia. CC licensed image courtesy of flickr user avlxyz."][/caption] While the deep-sea may be the final frontier for marine biologists, caves remain one of the most elusive frontiers on (or rather, under) the land...

December 28, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

Jumping Spiders Take the Leafen Path

[caption id="attachment_351" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="Phidippus princeps, a jumping spider. Click image to see them in motion! Image still by Thomas Shahan."][/caption] As we carve out our domains for home, business or farm among the landscape, we give little thought to our eco-engineering on the previous denizens we "annexed" the land from...

December 23, 2011 — Kevin Zelnio

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