Saturday, January 25, 2014

That does more than sting...

One of the articles I wrote recently was about the ecosystems that stingrays inhabit. Yesterday, I Fucking Love Science posted about a study that warns that 25% of the world's sharks and rays could be extinct within a decade and explains why we should be worried.

Science for your weekend, kiddos:

The Ecosystem of the Stingray

And a couple of other recent pieces:

What Is a Pinna in Botany?
How Are the Surfaces of the Moon & Mercury Similar?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Today I learned that Prozac will screw up shrimp. No joke.

While researching an article, I found out that shrimp have the hormone serotonin circulating in their systems, the same hormone that improves mood in humans. When exposed to one of the chemicals in Prozac, shrimp will see their serotonin levels skyrocket, and they'll start behaving in abnormal ways, like swimming out of their safe, dark hidey holes toward bright areas where predators can find them.

Take what you will from that. The lesson I took is that happy creatures do stupid shit.

Read more about conked-out crustaceans here.