Freaky Family

Lobo Lobo: Lobopod
Lobo Lobo: Lobopod

Some more family! Hallucigenia.

(I first read about Hallucigenia in Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms, by Richard Fortey, in which he mentioned that the animal was thusly-named by Simon Conway Morris in 1977.) Tunny has her own way of remembering things though…

Tunny Tardi:

My ou broer,

wat is dit wat daar buite ons grashuisie roer?

Ek vermoed dis ‘n geel gemsbokkomkommer…

Vriend Ferweelwurm:

Nee mosvarkie, moenie wonner,

dit maak jou net dommer

om jou se koppie so te beslommer;

dis net ‘n nagwolf op sy Daliesque gebeen

wat so verskriklik ween!


Family Matters

The Pub is open
The Pub is open

Some Tardigrade News:

Selective neuronal staining in tardigrades and onychophorans provides insights into the evolution of segmental ganglia in pan-arthropods

Georg MayerChristine MartinJan RüdigerSusann KauschkePaul A StevensonIzabela PoprawaKarin HohbergRalph O SchillHans-Joachim Pflüger and Martin Schlegel


Latina: Echiniscus sp.
Latina: Echiniscus sp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Quench Ash

StardiBear's Journey
Quench Ash…an excerpt from The Star Bear Odyssey

Warning!: The Star Bear Odyssey is a “haiku horror picture story”. It was written as a cautionary tale for peculiar children of all ages, not for your average 11 year old:

From The New York Times‘ coverage of  Alan Alda’s flame challenge:

“According to Elizabeth Bass, director of the Center for Communicating Science, … a few lessons could be drawn from the entries about successful science explanations. Videos appeared to work better than just words, perhaps simply because the videos required more thought and time to put together. The children appreciated humorous explanations but not jokes that were thrown in simply to be funny.

They hated haikus and other attempts to cast science into verse, Ms. Bass said.

She said one teacher reported, “There was almost disgust in their analysis.”

(My bold. Here is a wikipedia entry on abiogenesis. Starbear’s story is probably closest to a combination of panspermia and evolution…)

Odysseys are popular though, even if haikus for children are not. Everyone (well, almost everyone, I should guess) knows of James Joyce’s version, which satisfyingly (what a horrible word) was an adaptation of the epic-in-all-senses Odyssey for children. (“Joyce first encountered Odysseus in Charles Lamb‘s Adventures of Ulysses—an adaptation of the Odyssey for children”). Surfing  Le Twitter last night, I came upon this interesting  Axolotl Odyssey story; do go and read it. Some further surfing also brought up another version of the Starbear’s story, this one in comic form:

Gavin Aung Than (@zenpencils)2012-06-20 7:43 PMHere are my Neil Tyson and @BadAstronomer comics translated into Portugeuese! thnx @AstroPT
As an aside: I think evolution is true. Hopefully, (which is a word now) you will not read The Star Bear Odyssey purely to find out more about evolution though. (You can read Wikipedia for that 🙂 ; don’t stone me.) Hopefully, you enjoy haiku! Luckily, it is tremendous fun to write these bite-sized morsels.
Also, this is a new interesting way to while away many an hour, should you be sapiosexual:
Screen shot of new app by Wordflex
Wordflex screen shot for ‘Hopefully’