Weekly Roundup – 16 Feb 2014

This week’s selections on Freshly Squeezed Science are a bit sparse due to scheduling issues.

  • Citizen science via gaming: For those of you who read regularly, you’ll recognize this from my post on here Tuesday. The idea of using something people do for fun for scientific purposes has become pretty popular, and a lot of my classmates liked the post.
  • Ocean fish biomass: It’s pretty obvious that humans on the species, population, and community level need to be aware of consumption of natural resources because of the sharp declines we’re seeing in living and nonliving resources. However, a deep ocean study conducted in 2011-2012 suggests that there is 10 times the amount of fish biomass in the ocean than previously predicted.

Picture from Taro Taylor on Wikimedia Commons under CC Attribution 2.0 Generic licensing.

  • Nudibranch protection: Nudibranchs are a clade of brightly colored sea slugs, and the blue glaucus can utilize stingers from its jellyfish prey to protect itself from becoming prey. This post was part informational and part an excuse to talk about a sea slug that looks like a miniature blue dragon.
  • Scientist/audience communication: Communications analysts have pointed out that one of the barriers that occurs between scientists and their audience is the scientists’ tendency to explain a concept rather than describe it. When the public doesn’t always have the background necessary to understand the concept in the first place, more scary words aren’t going to help.

Fun in meatspace:

  • Yesterday was jam-packed with festivals. Among other various food events, Ithaca holds a chili cookoff every February, and this was the first year I could go. There was an impressive selection of meat and vegetarian chilis, and even as a strict omnivore, I thought that the world-renowned vegetarian joint Moosewood makes some pretty good chili. I’ll have more on the event later this week. I also attended the aforementioned Disneyfest at school, and I apologize for being cliché, but it was nothing short of magical.

What should I cover next week for science?


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