This amphibious fish is called a mudskipper and it uses its pectoral fins to walk on land, specifically mud. It also rolls, jumps, digs, excavates, socializes, fights for territory, and breathes air while not being in the water. Watch this amazing clip from the David Attenborough-narrated BBC Life series, episode 04: Fish.
How The Elements Got Their Names
Have you ever wondered where all those funny names on the periodic table came from? What the heck does “praseodymium” actually mean, anyway?
I’ve got you covered in this week’s video. Here’s the history and etymology of all the names on the periodic table! From Actinium (Greek for “ray”) to Zirconium (Persian “zargun” or “gold-colored”) I’ve got ya covered.
Oh, and I made it rhyme, because why not?
The Science of Kissing
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s my latest: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about the evolution, neuroscience, and psychology of kissing, which, when you really consider what you’re doing, has got to be the absolute strangest human behavior out there.
I mean, really, what other animal is like "Hey, great to see you, let’s wipe our open mouths all over each other!"
Anyway, there’s some amazing evolutionary biology and neuroscience behind the humble kiss. Share this bit of science with someone you love!
Top 5 misconceptions about evolution: A guide to demystify the foundation of modern biology.
Here is an infographic to help inform citizens. From my experience most people who misunderstand evolution are actually misinformed about what science is and how it operates. That said, here are five of the biggest barriers faced when one explains evolution - I have faced these and they are documented in the literature.
I hope you can build on my work and improve the communication between the scientists and the public.
Want to do more? If you want to donate to the cause of science education I suggest the National Center for Science Education http://ncse.com, your local university, or an equivalent organization. Volunteering at schools and inviting scientists into classrooms are two ways to encourage an informed society. Attend hearings if school boards start questioning evolution’s role in public curriculum. Raise a storm if anyone tries to ban science. Plus, it never hurts to reblog a well made evolution post.
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Highly evolved infographic there.
Fascinating! See what your vocal cords (or larynx) look like when you’re speaking or making sounds. Your larynx is where pitch (musical tones) and volume are controlled. You can also make it louder or more quiet depending on how much air is being pushed out through your lungs!
This is footage from a video laryngoscopy — larynx or voicebox + scope:
From the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (with permission). This is what happens when I say “eee” with a camera down my throat… Note also that the trachea is visible when I breathe. Cool huh? Actual size: roughly that of a quarter.
(j/k this is awesome)
Related reading: live-bearing snakes vs egg-laying.