In a previous Tumblr post, I added some info to a scientific illustration post on Chinese water deer. I’ve since elaborated on it and included a species poster, free to download, on my blog. Yay for regular updates :D
So I recently relaunched my blog and I forgot to post here about it D:
The above post is an introduction, there have been two posts since:
Colourblinded by the Light: about using a plug-in for ImageJ to see if my graphs are accessible to colourblind individuals
Weekly Link Round-up and Tidbits: links and bits of news from the past week, as well as the first Journal Club assignment
Journal club often occurs in academic faculty and departments, and is half show-and-tell and half book report, given to your peers. I keeps researchers sharp and apprised of research that they may not be aware of but still within their field of interest, but most importantly, it maintains critical thinking. And I think it’s fun. So I’m going to do that on my blog, but it will be interactive. I assign the article every second Friday, open-access journals only, and then go over it on the next Tuesday along with some things to think about.
The first article for Journal club is "Do Bat Gantries and Underpasses Help Bats Cross Roads Safely?" by Anna Berthinussen and John Altringham. Find out more on the links page :)
Photo credit: Simon Chandra
FUN FACT: These eggs are evil. Octopus babies are evil. Let me tell you why. The octopus mother lays her eggs in a cave roof and spends 6 months guarding them from potential predators and swaying the eggs with her tentacle so they get oxygen. This means she doesn’t eat or sleep until they hatch. When the octopus babies hatch, she dies from fatigue and starvation. THEN THEY FUCKING EAT HER. THEY EAT THEIR MOTHER WHO DIED BECAUSE SHE WAS LOOKING AFTER THEM. THEY. EAT. HER.
This sounds like what my mother said i did to her
Ah yes. Matriphagy. Good times - it occurs fairly frequently in spiders and other insects. Hump earwigs (Anechura harmandi) are obligate matriphagous insects, meaning that this cycle of familial cannibalism is a necessary or non-optional part of the life history. Wong et al. 2003 details this system fairly well, and did an experiment - if mothers are given the option of escape from their ravenous young, will they? The results were that mothers do not attempt escape, even if resources are readily available. Mothers will also not attempt a second mating if their egg sacks are removed to hatch elsewhere. This means that the costs to the females (death via your offspring) are vastly outweighed by the potential benefit to offspring (noms).
Wong, JWY, J Meunier, and M Koelliker. 2013. The evolution of parental care in insects: the roles of ecology, life history and the social environment. Ecological Entomology 38: 123–137.
The skull of the Chinese Water Deer is one of the most iconic skulls out there.
Like many small Asian deer species, it does not have antlers. Instead the males fight each other with their extremely sharp tusks, slashing at rivals with downward head swings.
When not actively shanking others, the tusks can be folded back slightly., so they don’t interfere with eating.
OH OH OH
Chinese water deer are poached for traditional medicine purposes, but not for the reason you may suspect. In addition to adults for their meat, newborn deer are also hunted. See, the poacher (who is doing this because a market niche demands it, don’t use up all your anger with them) waits until a foal has drank some of it’s mother’s milk. Then the poacher will kill the newborn deer and remove it’s rumen (deer stomach) for the undigested milk. It’s said to help indigestion. This is especially sad because 40% of newborn deer die within four weeks, so the remaining deer are important to keep populations steady. Which is one reason why the Chinese Water Deer is listed as Threatened by the IUCN.
these deer may have a secret sanctuary in the Korean DMZ. It’s difficult to get accurate wildlife numbers out of North Korea, but the DMZ has become a sort of wildlife sanctuary, but only for animals that are too small to set off the remaining land mines.
Kim, B.J., Oh, D.H., Chun, S.H., and S.D. Lee. 2013. Distribution, density, and habitat use of the Korean water deer (Hydropotes inermis argyropus) in Korea. Land Ecol Eng 7(2): 291–297.
Liu, M.L., Li, M.Y., and X.J. Wang. 2012. Impact of rapid transportation network on the potential habitat of Hydropotes inermis in suburban areas. Zhejiang Nonglin Daxue Xuebao 29(6): 897–903.
Binge Eating disorder Supplementary information leaflet
Note: I’m not a doctor or a licensed nutritionist. I’m a person with experiences and I’m going to share some.
I am an emotional binge eater, have been all my life. It took me nearly a decade to figure that out, and I’m still working on it. Yes, I still binge- I did 10 minutes ago. But I don’t hoard food and eat twice my calorie recommendation in one sitting anymore, I’m aware of trigger foods and make sure that I don’t have access to them, and I recognize when I turn to emotional eating and try to resolve the conflict before the binging gets worse. I remove temptation because I acknowledge that I’m incapable of portioning certain food items.
What helped me personally was reading Hungry: A Memoir by Allen Zadoff, it is a short narrative non-fiction and offers tips for self-acceptance and coping strategies, as well as some tips on managing (not controlling or suppressing) the urges.
I’ll end with this: if binge eating/emotional eating disorders were included in health classes and media to the extent that other eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia were when I was younger, I would have sought help much sooner and may have been a happier teenager and young adult. One of the hardest aspects of emotional overeating is that outsiders (parents, peers, some doctors and nutritionists) see it as a weakness, laziness, or lack of self-control instead of a form of disordered eating. Instead of getting help, you are judged and feel even more guilty, fueling a positive feedback loop of negative eating habits.
The Anatomy of a mermaid
i hate when people draws mermaid’s tail like it was some sort of goddamn suit on normal human legs like this:
it just doesnt work
christmas has come early
christ thanks so much
My pet peeve about the depictions of mermaids as magical beings is that I think of them as part fish, not part mammal, so there should be scales and their tails should be rotated 90 degrees. Think about Disney’s Ariel — she has scales, indicating a fish origin, but a horizontally aligned tail, which is a cetacean trait. It makes no sense. However, this is a good-er if you take the part-dolphin/whale route ^^
Toph’s blindness was one of the most excellently handled aspects of AtLA because it wasn’t treated like a disability. So often in shows (and especially children’s animation) disabled characters are limited to apperances in “very special episodes” where the main characters have to learn a lesson that these people are capable “in spite of” their handicaps, like that episode of Kim Possible wherein Kim constantly stumbles over herself around Felix. This approach is often just as insulting as making them the butt of jokes, because it’s patronizing and it limits the amount of roles disabled characters are allowed to have.
Avatar challenged that stereotype with Teo, and then sent a giant middle finger its way by introducing Toph. She’s turned what would otherwise be a disability into an advantage, and she’s not afraid to crack jokes about it. She functions well enough that the other characters often forget that she is blind, but at the same time it’s an integral part of her bending and allows her to be the greatest earthbender ever. It sends a powerful message that having a disability does not make you less of a person, and often affords you a unique perspective that the so-called “normal” people never get to experience.
One of the many reasons I love this show.
I’ve reblogged this before, but I’m reblogging it again. Best character. <3
ppl always ask me “”what are you going to do with your degree”“ and “"if you wanna get a PHD how do you plan on paying for it"" and ""where are you gonna move after college"" but here is the thing:
i am very powerful and cute and im gonna float through this world one day at a time. please leave me alone.
I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either
- scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
- the idea to put ants on stilts
- there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
- confused ants
The amount of times we tied leashes onto fruit flies in genetics lab is all the proof I need that science is at least 50% fucking around and writing that shit down.
The lab I’m in specializes in parasitoid wasps, and have manipulated in many ways, such as gluing a tiny stick to a wasp so that it can be attached to a string. Why? So that it flies around in circles for a set amount of time until the string is released. This allows the ecologists to simulate and control travel time wrt foraging theories. But just remember: a bachelor and/or master student had the shitty job of gluing a tiny stick to several tiny wasps.
Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel
Speaking their lines vs the final product
Why is Vin Diesel looking down? Is he worried he’s gonna forget his line?
Vin Diesel asked the director his inspiration for every line he did and did multiple takes until he was satisfied. He also recorded the line over 1,000 times and also recorded his lines in Mandarin, Portuguese, French, and Spanish so they could use his real voice in those versions. He’s looking at his lines because Vin Diesel is a dedicated motherfucking professional.