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Becky Collins5,164 Social Sciences Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-03-18 12:35:31305008CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393013CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393012CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393204CC G+
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216CC G+
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724CC G+
Core Marketing4091. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle    #circlesharing   #circleshare         #circles       2013-12-28 07:48:32495859CC G+
Core Marketing2921. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle    #circlesharing   #circleshare         #circles       2013-12-27 07:10:04496245CC G+
David Leonhardt3,391This is basically the Megamix 19 of +Tancredi Matranga .   To grow your contacts on G+,:1. Plus the post2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle.4. Share the saved circle (but make sure to tick "include yourself" when sharing).#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle     #circleshare   #thursday   #thursdaycircle   #circlethursday  2013-12-19 16:54:54498101315CC G+
Tancredi Matranga11,444WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 19Have a great Thursday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 19th #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle     #circleshare   #thursday   #thursdaycircle   #circlethursday  2013-12-19 10:54:49498886796CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #sharedcircles #science #scientists  2013-12-02 14:10:58296000CC G+
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317CC G+
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202CC G+
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #sharedcircles #health #wellness  2013-10-14 15:30:25243000CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:55414013CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:36414003CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103CC G+
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214CC G+
Till Hansmeier0Biologist? Share this circle! #sharedcircle , #circleshare, #circles, 2013-08-28 11:02:23102001CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000CC G+
Science on Google+70,967Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.Science on Google+ community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXView underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles   #sharedcircles 2013-08-17 20:56:0734392551CC G+
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415235986CC G+
Paul Christen0If you want to be TOTALLY freaked out, follow this science circle. Its not mine, it was shared by (I think) +Fraser Cain .Man, a  day does not go by that I'm not amazed by the advances in science and technology.2013-06-11 13:54:194095310CC G+
Science on Google+62,910Smokin' Science CircleWe took 500 active profiles from the  +Science on Google+: A Public Database and put them into this circle.  Be careful, this circle is smokin' hot! #scienceeveryday    Don't forget to check out the Science on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXDatabaseSearch Communities: http://goo.gl/RvyezSearch Pages: http://goo.gl/WCohTSearch Profiles: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRAdd Profile or Page to Database: http://goo.gl/yEg7MAdd Community to Database: http://goo.gl/zh0xJ2013-06-06 00:17:11500388275CC G+
Mohammad Rahimi4,377Circle of EngagersA circle of active and wonderful people on Google plus who have been very engaging friends since i have followed them. You may want  to add this circle and enjoy  the G+Those who get notification are included, if you like to be added to this circle or removed, please let me know. #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircle   #topgoogleplussers   #bestgoogleplussers   #topengagingpeople   #engagingcircle   #circlessharing   #circles  2013-06-02 11:25:21167526CC G+
Fraser Cain779,548Super Science Circle - May 2013 EditionNeed more science in your Google+? Well, here's all the science you can handle! Enjoy my latest, heavily curated edition of the Super Science Circle.Please share this circle... for Science!For the uninitiated, I maintain a circle of 450+ people who are active on Google+ and regularly post on Google+. In this circle you'll find scientists, journalists, astronauts, educators, and science enthusiasts. By importing this circle into your own circles, you'll immediately gain a vibrant and fascinating feed of amazing science stories.I recognize that it might be too much science, so I suggest you create a brand new temporary circle and evaluate the people in the circle. Only transfer the keepers to your permanent circles. Then, when I update the circle next month, rinse and repeat.Are you active on G+ and regularly post about science? +mention me and I'll check out your profile.Remember, please share this post2013-05-22 19:26:51456348390CC G+
Fraser Cain770,050Super Science Circle - April 2013 EditionIt's time for another sharing of my Super Science Circle. This is a collection of 400+ active people on Google+ who often post about science. If anyone tells you G+ is a ghost town (not that anyone does any more), get them to import this circle. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!I have personally reviewed each and every person on this list, to make sure that they:1. Are active and engaged on Google+2. Regularly post science-related stories on Google+In this list you'll find scientists, journalists, researchers, professors, astronauts and general science enthusiasts. Not everyone in this list is going to be to your personal liking. So what you'll want to do is import the list into a temporary circle. Then move people over one by one into more permanent locations in your circles.I'm always looking for more people to add to the list, so if you know people who meet my criteria, feel free to nominate them.Again, please share the circle. Every little bit helps2013-04-26 21:02:03419226277CC G+
Linda Dee94,347✲´*.❄¨¯`*✲ ██▀▀▀▀▌╔╗╔╗╔╗╦╔╦░╔═╔╗██▀▀▀▀✲´*.❄¨¯`✲ ▀▀▀██░░╠╝╠╣║╝║╝║░╠═║╝▀▀▀██░░░░░✲´.❄¨¯`✲ ▐▀▀▀▀░░╩░╝╚╝║╝║╚╝╚═╝║▐▀▀▀▀░░ ✲´.❄¨¯`✲✲´.❄¨¯`*✲G+Luminaries ☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥This Circle contains people from every corner of the world who possess a reciprocal partiality for one another to facilitate an engagement in a melange of communique for a special repartee of Humor, interesting satire, Gaming,  Tech, Commoogling Politics,Relationships,Spirituality, Sports, Music, Pets, Gardening, Cuisine, Health, Diet & Exercise, Medicine, Celebrity and Current Events. It is cordial, albeit with a sparkle of sensual geniality... PREPARE TO LAUGH, LEARN & ENGAGE WITH G+ Sparklers!2013-04-24 21:07:19359542338CC G+
Alessandro Folghera7321. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you!#circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  Social Media Marketing Shared Circle ... share and increase your popularity !2013-04-16 08:01:53422229CC G+
Mike Barnes590Science and Techno Geeks Shared Circle1. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you! #circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  For more Social Media and Search Engine Marketing Tips visit http//SEO-Alien.com2013-04-09 20:08:43412417CC G+
Linda Dee90,078██▀▀▀▀▌╔╗╔╗╔╗╦╔╦░╔═╔╗██▀▀▀▀✲´*.❄¨¯`✲ ▀▀▀██░░╠╝╠╣║╝║╝║░╠═║╝▀▀▀██░░░░░✲´.❄¨¯`✲ ▐▀▀▀▀░░╩░╝╚╝║╝║╚╝╚═╝║▐▀▀▀▀░░ ✲´.❄¨¯`*✲✲´*.❄¨¯`*✲Hangout Luminaries ☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥This Circle contains people from every corner of the world who possess a reciprocal partiality for one another to facilitate an engagement in a melange of communique for a special repartee of Humor, Tech, Politics, Relationships, Spirituality, Sports, Music, Pets, Gardening, Cuisine, Health, Diet & Exercise, Medicine, Celebrity and Current Events. These are some of the Best! +martin shervington +Patrik Järvelöv +swift beats +Johnathan Maddox +George Sepich +Baber Afzal +Euro Maestro +Paul Platt +Sibyll Hampton +Sam Asadi +Brad Thompson +Anna Israelyan +Moritz Tolxdorff +Laurie DesAutels +Laura Sanna +John Miller +Bobbie Today +2013-04-04 23:31:033811192764CC G+
Chris Mallory18,430A circleThat is all...No further insight need be given. No matter how detailed the description, I'm sure certain nobody will add the whole circle anyway ;) Plus, it has an aura of mystery about it when I present it this way... what ever could these people have in common? O the mystery!2013-04-02 04:52:581167114CC G+
Linda Dee89,014✲´*.❄¨¯`*✲ ██▀▀▀▀▌╔╗╔╗╔╗╦╔╦░╔═╔╗██▀▀▀▀✲´*.❄¨¯`✲ ▀▀▀██░░╠╝╠╣║╝║╝║░╠═║╝▀▀▀██░░░░░✲´.❄¨¯`✲ ▐▀▀▀▀░░╩░╝╚╝║╝║╚╝╚═╝║▐▀▀▀▀░░ ✲´.❄¨¯`✲✲´.❄¨¯`*✲Hangout Luminaries ☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥This Circle contains people from every corner of the world who possess a reciprocal partiality for one another to facilitate an engagement in a melange of communique for a special repartee of Humor, interesting satire, Gaming,  Tech,Commoogling Politics,Relationships,Spirituality, Sports, Music, Pets, Gardening, Cuisine, Health, Diet &Exercise, Medicine, Celebrity and Current Events. It is cordial, albeit with a sparkle of sensual geniality... PREPARE TO LAUGH, LEARN & ENGAGE WITH G+ Sparklers!2013-03-28 19:32:50374452227CC G+
Fraser Cain759,117The Return of the Super Science CircleOkay, I'll admit, I made a mistake in retiring the Super Science Circle. I wasn't wrong; Communities are still the future and the best way to make friends here on Google+. But I realized that the Super Science Circle is simple and efficient way to get new people to see that Google+ isn't a ghost town.PLEASE SHARE THIS POST... FOR SCIENCE!When I was attending +ScienceOnline 2013, I must have helped dozens of people join Google+, and the first thing I had them do was import this circle. It's an invaluable tool for getting new people up to speed.So, I just did a complete refresh on the circle. I examined every single member and judged them according to my two-part criteria:1. Active in the last 30 days or so.2. Regularly post on scientific topics.If you know anyone who might make a good candidate for this circle, please let me know.As always, import this circle into a new, temporary circle, and then you can refresh it when I share a new version.DON'T FORGET TO SHARE THIS POST2013-03-19 22:39:3139967163160CC G+
Katherine Vucicevic222A great shared circle. Get your daily dose of science here! Great posts.If you want to join this circle,Add me,Add this circleShare this circle and include yourself in the share.Easy. #science #scienceeveryday #sciencefiction #scienceisawesome  2013-03-15 01:28:13242905CC G+
Science on Google+27,055Biology CircleView profiles in circle: http://goo.gl/xuMxTLinks to shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2013-01-29 00:40:4116111220CC G+
Linda Dee81,807•*°¨°❤°¨°*•.¸ ██▀█╔╗╦░╦╔╗░╔╗╔═░╦░╦╔╗╦╔╔╦╗▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒ ██▀▀╠╣╚╦╝╚╗░║║╠═░║░║║╦╠╣░║░▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒██─█╝╚░║░╚╝░╚╝║░░╚╝╩╚╝╝╚░║░▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒Hangout Luminaries ☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥This Circle contains people from every corner of the world who possess a reciprocal partiality for one another to facilitate an engagement in a melange of communique for a special repartee of #Humor, #Tech, #Politics, #Relationships, #Spirituality, #Sports, #Music, #Pets, #Gardening, #Cuisine, #Health, #Diet & #Exercise, #Medicine, #Celebrity and #Current  Events. It is cordial, albeit with a sparkle of sensual geniality and in the wee hours could develop into the unsavory and inelegant.... PREPARE TO LAUGH, LEARN & ENGAGE WITH THE HANGOUTS☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥2013-01-26 14:42:4840014919CC G+
Linda Dee81,807☆═════██▀╔╗═╦╗╗║╦░╔╗░░╔╗❤º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º☆☆═════██▀╠╣░╠╣╚╝║░╚╝╗║╚╗❤º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º☆☆═════██░╝║═╩╝░░╚╝░░╚╝╚╝❤º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º☆☆═════██░❤▄❤º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º☆❤º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º☆❤º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º☆❤º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º☆I have thoroughly enjoyed myself since early July, 2011 engaging in conversations on the G+ HangOuts with thousands of interesting, appealing, and charming strangers from every corner of the world. While I have experienced the 24/7 International mélange chatting extravaganza I’ve observed various peoples with a superior voice quality and some with supplementary charm, influence & magnetism. The following Circle has the name “Beautiful Voices & Sexy Accents”. I anticipate you will enjoy it2013-01-26 12:02:3789617CC G+
Fraser Cain694,882The Final Super Science CircleWell, this is it, this is going to be the last posting of the Super Science Circle. Why? Communities, that's why. In case you didn't know, I've been maintaining my Super Science Circle from the very beginning of Google+. As soon as the feature to share circles was enabled, I was happy to share those circles around into Google. I did this because it was very difficult for people with related interests (science) to be able to find each other. I wanted new G+ users to realize this place isn't a ghost town; there are vibrant groups of people actively discussing scientific topics.But it was a hack. Each month took me almost an entire day to curate down the list of people, remove the inactive, and incorporate newly active people who often posted about science. And it was always imperfect. Some people got a massive boost in followers and engagement, while other, equally deserving people were left out.It was inelegant, inefficient and arbitrary.But now you can do this all on your own. You can go into any Community that matches your interest and instantly discover thousands of people who share your enthusiasm for a topic - just joining a Community will bring a trickle of posts about topics that interest you back into your stream. Keep your participation in the Community, or circle the most interesting people and harvest them back into your own stream.In the coming months, I'll be suggesting Communities you should join, instead of people you should circle. Thanks to everyone for using the shared circles and helping science get such a firm foothold here on Google+. Thanks to all the past and present members of the Super Science Circle for sharing such wonderful stuff.Science!2013-01-17 02:59:31420544084CC G+


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2014-04-17 01:24:20 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

Too Much Of A Good Thing
Many of you would be familiar with crayfishes, but what you might not know is that they have little worms call branchiobdellidans living in them. These worms aren't exactly parasites - they actually keep the crayfish healthy by cleaning out their host's gill chambers - so that would make them more of a mutualist, right? Well, yes and no, because even though they might be good little helpers, sometimes they can become too much of a good thing. To find out more, follow the link below to the post on the always interesting and informative Parasite Ecology blog.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-04-15 23:35:36 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Hot Maggots
"My maggots bring all the heat to the corpse, and they're like - we're hotter than y'all."
Here's a fascinating post by +Bug Gwen on how maggots bring the heat in a dead, rotting body and how they might even use it against their competitors.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #entomology   #forensics   #maggot  

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2014-04-15 11:42:03 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

Blue Dragons
Earlier today, I recorded a segment on the local radio about the blue sea slug (listen here: http://goo.gl/UNNfmD - apologies for the audio quality, there was a technical problem with the recording studio and we had to do it over the phone).
Despite its fantasy-like appearance, the blue sea slug (in the genus Glaucus) is an actual real-life animal. They spend their lives drifting in the open waters of the world's ocean, eating jellyfishes (and sometimes each other). So how do they manage to eat jellyfish without being stung and how does a small, seemingly vulnerable creature like Glaucus protect itself against other hungry animals of the sea? To find out, simply follow this link http://goo.gl/UNNfmD
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #marinebiology   #seaslug  

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2014-04-09 13:28:20 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

It Runs In The Blood
I've written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This is a story which involves blood flukes, rhinos, and faecal middens. To find out more, follow the link below!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #rhinoceros   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-04-07 14:20:29 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)

Fungal Campers
When an ant becomes infected by the zombie ant fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, it leaves its nest at the late stage of the infection, just before the fungal fruiting body sprouts and start spraying spores everywhere. This might seem like an altruistic act on the part of the ant, to spare its nestmate from the fungus, but this is actually all a machination of the zombie ant fungus as you will see in this post by +Ed Yong. 
The fungus actually cannot sprout inside the ant's nest, and when the zombified ant leaves its nest, it doesn't go just anywhere - it place itself just above a location where all the worker ants have to pass through on their way in and out of the nest. The fungus is in fact using the ant to place itself in a prime spot to shower uninfected ants with infective spores. Basically, if this fungus plays online multiplayer FPS games, it is camping att... more »

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2014-04-06 12:53:27 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 4 +1s)

Rabbuck, Vortex, and Lank
Ever wonder how life would have evolved if the end-Cretaceous mass extinction never occurred? Or what animals will populate the planet tens or hundreds of millions of years from now? Or what would life look like on another planet? Welcome to the world of Speculative Zoology (or more broadly, biology), a movement which combines the intersection of art, science, and speculation. In some cases, it has even infiltrated into mainstream, appearing in TV or cinema.
While your mileage may vary with speculative biology and the scientific validity of these fictional creatures varies wildly between all the different speculative biology projects out there, there is no question that this movement has encourage many people to think more deeply about how evolution works - particularly over geological timespans - and our place in the natural world. 
The person who can... more »

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2014-03-30 22:20:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

Everyday Sexism in Academia
Earlier today, I co-hosted a panel discussion by +STEM Women on G+ on Everyday Sexism in Academia, along with Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe a Molecular Biologist from the UK. Our guests were Professor +Rajini Rao PhD  in Biochemistry who runs her own lab at Johns Hopkins University USA, and Dr +Tommy Leung, Evolutionary Biologist with the University of New England, Australia. 

We discussed the sociological definition of everyday sexism, which demonstrates how everyday social exchanges between individuals are connected to institutional discrimination. Specifically, how conversations between academic colleagues that are sometimes called "benevolent" or "unintentional" sexism, are actually the outcome of systemic issues of gender inequality. This includes "jokes" that play on a woman's gender and sexuality(&qu... more »

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2014-03-28 11:30:09 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 12 +1s)

Crickets Gone Wild
By now, there are many documented examples of parasites that alter various aspects of their host's behaviour. In fact, the more we learn about nature, the more it seems that mind-controlling parasites are very much just a normal part of our world.
These master mind benders come in many forms, from wasps that take control of the brain of cockroaches (http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2008/06/05/the-wasp-that-walks-cockroaches/), to roundworms that turn hornets into mobile nurseries (https://theconversation.com/manipulative-parasites-make-hornets-their-nest-20797), or even single-celled parasites that steer rodents towards cats (http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/26/mind-bending-parasite-permanently-quells-cat-fear-in-mice/).
Even viruses gets in on this mind-controlling action and in this post, +Ed Yong writes about a sexually-transmitted... more »

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2014-03-27 23:23:37 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)

The Killer Shrimp And Its Inescapable Nemesis
I have a new article in The Conversation - this one is about a "killer shrimp" from the Ponto-Caspian which has invaded western and central Europe. While it is tearing its way through the local freshwater fauna, this killer is not without its weakness - it had brought with it a muscle-melting parasite which might be one of the few things holding it back from causing even more destruction. It seems that you can never truly escape from your past.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #invasivespecies   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-03-26 22:20:20 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Hey Big Filter
The anomalocarids, or as I like to call them - "Demon Cuttlecrabs" - were the largest predators of the Cambrian period. Some of them like the giant Anomalocaris grew up to a metre in length (which is HUGE in a world where most animals are about the size of your finger or smaller) and had a sharp set of eyes that allowed it to track down its prey (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/12/07/anomalocaris-sharp-eyes-predator/).
But not all of these "Demon Cuttlecrabs" were such vicious predators. One species - Tamisiocaris borealis might have been a filter-feeder which used its comb-like frontal appendages to sweep up tiny zooplankton from the water. So I supposed I should probably call this one the "Filter Cuttlecrab" instead...
#scienceeveryday   #paleontology   #cambrianexplosion   #biology  

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2014-03-26 12:26:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Bringing Up Babies With Crustaceans
I have written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This one is on the reproductive strategy of a parasitic copepod that lives on the common octopus and what differentiates it from other many parasites. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #marinebiology   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-03-25 11:14:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

What Does Spiderman And Gonorrhea Have In Common?
A new study just published a few weeks ago in mBio found that Neisseria gonorrhoeae - the bacteria that causes gonorrhea - has a neat little trick for passing from person to person. It used to be thought that this bacteria hitchhiked on to swimming sperm, but this new study found that when N. gonorrhoeae is exposed to seminal fluid, it starts shooting out multiple single-strand pilus filaments which it to latch onto passing chunks of semen proteins, and using those cables, the bacteria tows its way through the seminal fluid - rather like a nasty bacterial Spiderman...
The paper is #openaccess  and is available free to download here: http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/2/e01004-13.abstract
#scienceeveryday   #microbiology   #bacteria   #biology  

2014-03-24 20:31:57 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

Join us for a STEM Women HOA panel discussion as we speak to Professor +Rajini Rao, Dr +Tommy Leung and Dr +Michael Habib about the impact of everyday sexism in academia.  We will discuss the sometimes subtle role that gender plays in academia, and discuss situations that might not be obviously sexist, but can in fact be damaging to female academics.

This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  and you can tune in on Sunday March 30th at 1 PM Pacific/ 9 PM BST (UK). The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.

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2014-03-21 23:13:47 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

Journal of Proteomics' Sexist "Graphical Abstract"
These days, many journals have something call "graphical abstract", a little picture provided by the author(s) that has some relevance to the content of the paper (for example, see: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020751911001421). Yesterday, it was brought to my attention by +Jonathan Eisen and +Rajini Rao that a paper in Journal of Proteomics has a graphical abstract which is not only gratuitous and irrelevant, but also very sexist (http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com/2014/03/is-sexxing-up-your-scientific-journal.html). When +Rajini Rao tried contacting the corresponding author of the paper, we learned that he is also (a) the executive editor of the journal, (b) a repeated offender at this kind of thing (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1874391912002485 <== note at the time ofwri... more »

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2014-03-18 13:12:00 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

An Exquisite Nightmare
As some of you might know, I have been appearing on a local radio segment call "Creepy but Curious" where I talk about various bizarre creatures that inhabit the natural world (you can download the MP3 from last year's episode here: http://goo.gl/NPXOLN). Earlier, I was on-air talking about Ampulex compressa - also known as the Emerald Jewel Wasp. In this interview, I describe how on its own terms, the life-cycle of the beautiful emerald jewel wasp is a nightmare that is unmatched by any monsters in horror fiction. To listen, simply follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday   #bugseveryday  

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2014-03-14 13:06:47 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 5 +1s)

The Good, The Bad And The Yucky
I have written a new article for The Conversation about parasites that can influence entire ecosystems. While most people think of parasites as "free-loaders", there are some which have an impact not just their hosts, but also the surround environment. These parasites are ecosystem engineers which, through their action on the host, also shape the wider ecosystem.
In this article, I present four tales of parasites which are the movers and shakers of their respective environments, and a lot of what we take for granted from the natural world may in fact be due to the action of these hidden architects.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-03-12 22:00:34 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)

What What In The Butt
Wasp and hornets cause much fear in many people, however there are parasite around that would give them nightmares (if they are indeed capable of having nightmares). Last year, I wrote about a nematode that hijacks hornet queens and use them as mobile nurseries (http://goo.gl/ESpNGx). Well, +Bug G. Membracid has written a new post about a wasp parasite that lives up a wasp's butt. And that's not the worst of it - wait until you hear about this twisted parasite's sex life. To find out more, follow the link below.
#biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #scienceeveryday   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-03-09 12:06:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

When the Past Catches Up
I have written a new Parasite of the Day post - in time for +ScienceSunday! This post is about a parasite that infects a voracious (and cannibalistic) little shrimp which has invaded freshwater system all over Europe. While this crustacean has really taken to its new home and is running amok, it has not completely escaped from its past - a little muscle-munching parasite has followed in its claw-steps and might be one of the few things holding this shrimp back from causing even more destruction. Follow the link below to find out more!
#biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-03-08 09:45:57 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

Listening To Women In Science
If you haven't already noticed, 8th March is International Women's Day and to commemorate that day, the +STEM Women on G+ page has been sharing a series on post on extraordinary women who have made great achievements in STEM fields. But while recruiting more female scientists are now seen by many as a key priority, true representation goes beyond simply having women in STEM fields.
In this article, +alice bell noted that we must be careful to frame this representation as more than simply having women working in STEM jobs, but also changing many of the social and cultural aspects of such fields. Otherwise it will simply contribute to the existing problem of the "leaky pipeline" - women leaving STEM careers.
#internationalwomensday   #stemwomen   #genderequality   #science  

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2014-03-06 22:51:27 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)

Hold The Line
So yesterday, David Cameron tweeted a photo of himself talking to Barack Obama on the phone. Next thing you know, this happened.
Storify by +Andrew David Thaler 

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2014-03-03 11:26:01 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)

The Kitty's Fiery Serpent
Last year, there was news that the Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is set to become the second human infectious disease to be eradicated (http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/24/the-guinea-worm-a-fond-obituary/), and is believed to be the "fiery serpent" described in the Bible, Numbers 21:6-8.
The disease caused by the parasite is agonising and results from drinking water which has been contaminated with copepods (tiny, microscopic crustaceans) infected with the larval stage of the parasite. The adult worm causes intensely painful blisters on the skin which can be alleviated by immersing the afflicted part in water - which is exactly what the worm wants. When one of these blisters burst, larval worms come pouring out of the wound and the fiery inflammation cause by the worm's presence causes the host to immerse the inflicted part... more »

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2014-02-27 22:25:24 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

The Taming Of The 'Roach
When it comes to mind-control, one of the most fascinating (and frightening) example is that of the Emerald Jewel Wasp Ampulex compressa, which with a few quick jabs of her stinger, can turn a feisty cockroach into a subservient beast, ready to obey the wasp's every whim. At this point, the wasp drag the hapless creature to her den where she lays an egg on the paralyzed cockroach which will serve as a living larder for her developing young. To find out more about how the jewel wasp cast her spell on the cockroach, follow the link below to the post by +Carl Zimmer 
Also, see a video of this in action and my previous post about this from about a year ago: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/jFNRVHBGRHW
#scienceeveryday   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday   #bugseveryday   #biology   #mindcontrol  

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2014-02-26 11:34:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

A Graveyard Of Ancient Whales
About nine million years ago, a pod of baleen whales stranded themselves on a beach and later their carcasses became fossilised. In 2010, road workers expanding a stretch of highway on the northwestern coast of Chile uncovered their resting place. What they found was a whale graveyard which provides an amazing glimpse into the world during the Miocene period. The construction crew took great care in uncovering the fossils, wrapping each bone in protective plaster jackets and transporting them to museums, but their well-meaning good work also meant those fossils lack one vital element.


When a fossil is uncovered, it is not just the remains of the animal or plant from which a palaeontologist obtain vital information, but also the surrounding rock. The site of a preserved fossil is like a crime scene, and palaeontologists are the... more »

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2014-02-23 11:17:42 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 28 +1s)

Teenage Ninja Turtle Worms
Earlier this week, one of my colleague came across a long-necked turtle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_long-necked_turtle) that had died at one of his field sites. I decided to make the most of the turtle's death by investigating what kind of parasites it might have harboured. After I opened up the body cavity, I found myself staring at a leaf-shaped, mango-coloured worm - it was Gigantolina elongata - and I found 3 of such worms living in the turtle's body cavity, sliding sluggishly between its organs, each measuring about 3-4 centimetres in length

Gigantolina elongata is a species of parasitic flatworm in a group call Amphilinidea (http://tolweb.org/Amphilinidea). There are only 8 known species of amphilinids (see this post http://krohde.wordpress.com/article/the-amphilinidea-a-small-group-of-xk923bc3gp4-21/) and they belong to a... more »

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2014-02-19 21:16:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Take The Plunge
As some of you might know, last year I have been making regular appearances on a radio segment call "Creepy but Curious" for the morning program on the local radio where I talk about various wonderfully bizarre creatures of the natural world (you can download the MP3 from last year's episode here: http://goo.gl/NPXOLN). Well, they have decided to do another year of "Creepy but Curious" and earlier this week I recorded the very first episode of season two, talking about the hairworms (nematomorphs) - a parasite that takes over the mind of crickets and convince them to jump into water so the adult worm can escape. Follow the link below to listen to that segment.
#scienceeveryday   #parasitismeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #mindcontrol  

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2014-02-17 10:14:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

STEM Women: How Men Can Help
In case you didn't already know, +STEM Women on G+ is running a new series of Hangout On Air talking about how men can help address issues of gender inequality and be good allies to their female colleagues and peers in STEM fields. Their first guest is Professor +Jonathan Eisen from UC Davis, follow the link below to watch the HOA.
#stemwomen   #genderequality   #academia  

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2014-02-14 12:30:13 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

A Cricket's Nightmare, A Trout's Bonanza
I have written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This post is about a species of hairworm from Japan (I have previously written about other hairworms here: http://goo.gl/jJgscZ) that infects the camel cricket. The post also discuss clear-cut logging and trout streams - to find out what the connection is between this parasite, second-growth forests, and trout, follow the link below to my new post.
#scienceeveryday   #parasitismeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #cricket  

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2014-02-14 03:26:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Fired Up On Crazies
The tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva) (http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/76637/ipa-yellow-crazy-ants-pa28.pdf) and the fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) (http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/pest-insects/fire-ants) are two species of ants from South America that have really made their mark on the world. They have become some of the most widespread and destructive invasive species on the planet, wreaking havoc in their paths.
The crazy ant is a well-known crab-killer and the fire ant is know for their very painful sting. So what happen when these two notorious ant confront each other? 
Well, it turns out that the crazy ant has a trick up its abdomen that allows it neutralise the fire ant's otherwise deadly venom. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #entomology   #ants   #inv... more »

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2014-02-12 11:34:15 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)

Darwin's Frog Rhinoderm darwinii
Rhinoderma darwinii, commonly known as Darwin's Frog is an amphibian from the forest streams of Chile and Argentina. It was originally discovered by Charles Darwin in Chile during his voyage on the HMS Beagle, and was described by French Zoologist André Marie Constant Duméril and his assistant Gabriel Bibron, who named it after Darwin.
This frog is has a unique way of rearing its offspring - the male Darwin's Frog standby and guard the eggs until they hatch, at which point he swallows them and carry them around in his vocal sac until they develop into little froglets, at which point the male basically vomits them out as you can see below.
Earlier this year, I talked about this frog in a lecture as an example of the diversity found in amphibian reproductive strategies. So I was very, very sadden to find out yesterdayth... more »

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2014-02-10 11:53:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Instincts Make The Dog
This a wonderful post by Professor Malcolm Campbell on what makes a dog different to a wolf.
Among other things, dogs have genes that allow them to digest more starch more easily. While wolves also have genes that encode for starch-digesting enzymes, dogs have more of them, particular those that encode for the enzyme alpha-amylase. As a result, dogs can digest starch far more effectively than wolves. 
At first this seems to support the idea that dogs originated from wolves that hung around and scavenged from farming communities during the time when humans took up agriculture - having those extra starch-digesting genes would have allowed the ancestors of dogs to digest any scraps they found around those settlements more effectively than their relatives which lacked those extra genes.
But while dogs can digest starch far more effectively than... more »

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2014-02-06 12:47:24 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 13 +1s)

Atopodentatus : A Face Oddity
To call Atopodentatus an unusual-looking reptile would be a vast understatement. Its genus name translates roughly to "peculiar teeth", which does not come close to describing how odd this 245 million year old marine reptile actually looks. Its long body and short limbs are fairly typical of other sauropterygians reptiles of that period (the Triassic), but the weirdness lies with its skull.
In addition to a hooked jaw that looked like the squashed flamingo beak, Atopodentatus also has what appears to be a second set of jaws on its snout, filled with tiny needle-like teeth. It looked almost as if Atopodentatus had a cleft palate that developed into a full-blown set of jaws. For more detail on this very strange beast, follow the link below to +Brian Switek's post on the Laelaps blog.
#scienceeveryday   #paleontology   #mar... more »

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2014-02-04 22:40:28 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 12 +1s)

The Xenomorph Of The Sea
As previously seen on the Parasite of the Day (http://goo.gl/nye2V8), the post written by Katie O'Dwyer - PhD student from University of Otago (katieodwyer00) was selected for republishing at +The Conversation. Follow the link below to read about the crustacean that hollows out its gelatinous host so it can ride the waves in a barrel of semi-living jelly.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #marinelife   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-02-03 23:02:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Silence Of The Crickets And Much Ado About Paleo
Recently, the +Breaking Bio Podcast and +Bug G. Membracid interviewed Professor Marlene Zuk of University of Minnesota. As well as being an amazing evolutionary biologist, Zuk has also written a number of popular science books including:
Sexual Selections
Riddled with Life
And most recently, Paleofantasy
To listen/watch the podcast, follow the link below (there is also a text transcript of the interview available).
#scienceeveryday   #evolutionarybiology   #scicomm  

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2014-02-02 11:56:34 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)

Abandon Host
I have written a new Parasite of the Day blog post in time for +ScienceSunday! This post is about a roundworm that live inside snails, but snails do not live forever and when it perish, it will take all its parasites down with it. Follow the link below to read about a parasites that knows when it is time to abandon ship (or snail as is the case here).
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #biology   #parasitology   #nematodes   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-01-29 23:11:31 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

So it has begun...
I have previously posted about the Western Australian government's plan to pretty much declare war on sharks.
Well, it officially started over the weekend and it has claimed its first casualty - a shark of course - a large tiger shark caught on a baited drum line, shot four times in the head and dumped at sea. Here's a post by +David Shiffman on this senseless slaughter and why it is a very bad idea.
#sharkcull   #westernaustralia   #sharks   #conservation   #marinelife  

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2014-01-28 21:13:55 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)

The Double-Crested Dinosaur
Arguably alongside Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus was a dinosaur that was plucked out of relative obscurity and launched into the public consciousness by Jurassic Park. The film did add a number of fictional inventions to the animal which were not found in the real animal like the venomous spittle and rattling neck frill (also, the actual Dilophosaurus was far larger than the version in the film, though some might argue the film version was a juvenile), but it also made Dilophosaurus a dinosaur celebrity.
Prior to the film, Dilophosaurus had a somewhat complicated story relating to its discovery and description. To find out more, see this post by +Brian Switek.
#scienceeveryday   #paleontology   #dinosaursareawesome   #dinosaur  

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2014-01-24 01:17:42 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 24 +1s)

Such Transmissible Cancer. Much Old. So Doge. Wow.
As far as sexually-transmitted diseases goes, Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour (CTVT) is one hell of a weird one. It is one of only two known lines of cancer cells which actually acts as an infectious agent (the other being the Devil Facial Tumour Disease DFTD see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/ZjPVkCK52nU) (For a review of these two clonally transmissible cancers, see: http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n2s/abs/onc2009350a.html).
Whereas there are various other pathogens/infectious agents such as the Human papillomavirus (HPV) which can trigger the growth of cancer, in the case of CTVT, it is the cancer cell itself which is the infectious agent.
Essentially, CTVT is a line of dog cells which have evolved into something that acts like a clonally-reproducing pathogen. Genetic... more »

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2014-01-20 23:00:06 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

Sailing In A Barrel Of Jelly
We have a new guest post at the Parasite of the Day blog! This post was written by Katie O'Dwyer (katieodwyer00), who is a PhD student at the University of Otago. Her post is about Phronima, also known as the pram bug, which sails the open sea in the hollowed out body of barrel-shaped gelatinous zooplankton call salps. Phronima is also thought to have been the inspiration behind the xenomorph in the film Alien. To find out more, follow the link below!
#biology   #parasitology   #scienceeveryday   #marinelife   #marinebiology   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-01-19 12:45:31 (33 comments, 24 reshares, 44 +1s)

Of Pigs, Chimps, And Dinosaurs
[Brace yourself, this is a long read]
It seems like ever since mid-2013, not a month goes by without hearing about what I would call "PigChimpMan theory" of human evolution. This "theory" has been lurking around for a while in its own obscure corner of the internet, but it initially came to the attention of a wider online audience via PhysOrg back in July 2013. However, the idea was well and truly launched like a dysfunctional bottle rocket in November 2013 into the mainstream when it was publicised by that bastion of rigorous science journalism, the Daily Mail. Subsequently, it had spread like a pandemic swine flu across other media outlets.

(BTW, I'm not going to link to those pages directly and give them the hits, but if you wish to see them, they can easily be found via a quick Google search)

But... more »

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2014-01-16 23:43:43 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Want to know about the back story behind this picture? See this post http://www.kellyhills.com/blog/how-many-times-does-dont-promote-misogyny-need-to-be-discussed/ by Kelly Hills and this post http://hopejahrensurecanwrite.com/2014/01/16/why-i-turned-down-a-qa-in-nature-magazine/ by Hope Jahren.
cc +STEM Women on G+ 

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2014-01-14 22:56:56 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

I Have A Gut Feeling About This
Locust are well-known for their propensity to swarm. About a month ago, I shared a post about the cues that transform them from subdued, solitary insects into a ravenous horde (https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/Kay1tUBXV8C). Now, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that a microsporidian gut parasite, Paranosema locustae, may also be playing a role in mediating that behaviour (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/01/08/1314009111). To find out more, follow the link below. See also this Parasite of the Day post from October 2011 on a fungal parasite of locusts (http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com/2011/10/metarhizium-acridum.html).
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #bugseveryday   #parasitismeveryday  

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2014-01-12 11:35:43 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

You Are What You Eat
I've written a new Parasite of the Day blog post - the first for 2014! In this post, find out why this little copepod masquerades itself as a lobster egg! Sharing for +ScienceSunday 
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #biology   #parasitology   #marinelife   #crustaceans  

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2014-01-09 23:36:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

The Frog That Would Be An Ant
Ants are among the most successful animals on this planet. I have written briefly about how successful ants are (and a link to a video about them) here: 
But with this success also come those that try to get a piece of the action and ants are host to a variety of species that insinuate themselves into the colony. For example, there are more 300 species that associate themselves with the roving colonies of the army ant Eciton burchellii, and there are also caterpillars that masquerade as ant larvae to infiltrate ants nest: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/QRNEoa15pbK
Ants are also highly aggressive, so if you can somehow hang around an ant nest without getting bitten, you have essentially surrounded yourself with a very aggressive and protective army. Well, the... more »

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2014-01-06 01:51:09 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

Western Australia Pretty Much Declares War On Sharks
I have previously posted about the Western Australian government's "shark control strategies" here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/Y1k6ftfXf1N and here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/EzbhQfZyCsk
The main thing you need to take away from this article is this:
"Sharks bigger than three metres will be "humanely destroyed" with a firearm and discarded offshore, the tender for the State Government's baited drum line strategy reveals."
I am all out of words to say about this policy which I haven't already said in my previous posts. I'm afraid the only thing I have left to say about this is: "You fucking morons."
#sharkcull   #westernaustralia   #greatwhiteshark   #sharks  

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2014-01-06 01:37:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

Jumping Salamander!
Late last year, there was a news story about a study that looked at how the Pacific Leaping Blenny (Alticus arnoldorum) - which has no legs - managed to become a respectable rockhopper that pounce on its prey on land (http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/pacific-leaping-blenny-has-no-legs-yet-leaps-video/).
Well, there is new study being presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting which shows how a salamander can hurl themselves through the air by bending and unbending their torso (http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2014/schedule/abstractdetails.php?id=288). To find out more and see a video of this in action, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #herpetology   #animalbehavior   #biomechanics   #amphibians  

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2013-12-31 02:16:18 (18 comments, 11 reshares, 19 +1s)

Why Are Dolphins Passing The Puffer?
The story about dolphins passing puffer fish around supposedly to "get stoned" off their toxin (a deadly neurotoxic call tetrodotoxin - TTX) seems to be doing the rounds on the internet. Many people assume that the dolphins are trying to get high off these toxic fish, but that assumption might not hold much water. Here's a post from +Christie Wilcox to try and set the record straight.
#scienceeveryday   #dolphins   #pufferfish   #marinelife  

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2013-12-30 19:59:34 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

2013 in Parasitism
I've written a round-up post for the Parasite of the Day blog, with links to some of the posts you might have missed from earlier in the year. For a look back on parasitism and parasitology in the year that was 2013, follow the link below!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday  

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2013-12-29 04:05:48 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

Recently, I went to the Australian Museum to check out their Tyrannosaurs - Meet The Family exhibit (http://australianmuseum.net.au/landing/tyrannosaurs/) - here's a sampling of what I saw there (dinosaurs, obviously).

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2013-12-28 00:43:38 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

On Killing Sharks And Tweeting Sharks
You might remember a few weeks ago the Western Australian government decided to introduce an asinine plan to cull Great White Sharks (a species which has been listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List). The WA Minister Troy Buswell insisted that this is not a cull - despite what it plainly appears to be.
Over a thousand shark scientists oppose this measure and have written an open letter to the WA government (see this post by +David Shiffman about it: http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=16247). Furthermore the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Australia's public broadcaster, it can be considered as something like a cross between NPR and PBS in the United States) decided to fact check this plan (see the link below).
In a last ditch effort to save the Great Whites, scientists have now attached transmitters toov... more »

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2013-12-27 01:05:21 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)

Judging from the Twitter buzz, I see that once again, Animal Planet is showing their fraudulent #mermaid  foc-u-mentary (as +Andrew David Thaler called it here: http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=14946) once again, fooling another bunch of people into believing in something that does not exist. For my previous take on this, see this post I wrote ages ago here: https://plus.google.com/111479647230213565874/posts/eCNWRbL3gWV
#pseudoscience   #mermaids  


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