Dinosaur of the week: Meet Deinocheirus, a 36-foot-long herbivore/piscivore discovered in full in Mongolia. It’s eight-foot-long arms have confused scientists since the 1950’s, but now we know what they were used for.
Reheated pasta has the same number of calories as freshly boiled pasta, but cooling the food down and then reheating it appears to turn it into a more resistant starch, reducing the rise in blood glucose by 50%.
Try out You’re Getting Old. Among other things I learned that the moon has orbited the earth 669 times since I was born.
I love the concept of the Simple English Wikipedia, which presents regular wiki-like articles in simple layman’s terms. The rules for posting include using basic English vocabulary and shorter sentences, but still conveying useful and educational information. For example here’s the entry on aposematism. And here’s the regular wiki entry.
Sargassumfish (that's her at the bottom left) lay what's called an "egg veil", a jelly-like ribbon that may be an inch thick, four inches wide and more than 30 times the length of the mom. Embedded in this veil are roughly half a million eggs. Mine laid one this morning and it can be seen here as a swirl of gelatin floating above her.
Here's an essay I did on this incredible fish back in 2009. And a video of one of mine swimming (scroll to the bottom, but read the rest if you want). And another of the fish that laid the veil today:
Every October I take some of my dedicated fish collectors out for a final two day excursion to New Jersey, ending with a dinner at the great Mud City Crab House (as is our custom, the waitress who has to deal with this group of nuts gets a 40% tip). It's a blast, and a great way to end the specimen collecting year. Dan and Lea couldn't make it, but here are Jen, Lou, Nikki, me, John and Mike at the end of the trip.