On with the show, the first Week on Sunday for 2013:
♦ Bugs for bones at the Smithsonian Museum: “It smells like something died in here.”
♦ Ed Yong is at it again. Just when he ups and moves to National Geographic, he pops up again at Nature. And he is still on the bug path, with this article on how scientists in Africa are using flies to get a snapshot of mammal diversity.
♦ And speaking of flies, there is a very cool spot on the web that allows you to learn fly anatomy. This is really brilliant, an Adobe Flash production that is very intuitive, very clear… I have yet to find anything on the web that works so well at displaying anatomical features in insects. This should be the model on how it is done for all insect orders.
♦ Just call me Sherlock….the above interactive online guide to fly anatomy was linked to from the website Nature Spot, a UK site for recording the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland. The fly anatomy link shows that this is ‘CSIRO’ page, and being curious, I wanted to visit the home site. CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is “Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.”. Now I could not find an actual link on the CSIRO pages that would take me similar pages to the Diptera spot, so I shortened the Dipteran web address to http://www.ento.csiro.au/biology/, and what do you think I found? An index page that had more links, with other efforts for online arthropod education. There are working sites for beetles, centipedes, and ladybirds, as well as other projects apparently still in the works.
♦ Robert Krulwich is a great science blogger over at NPR. He recently did a post on one of North America’s more enigmatic bugs, the grylloblattids, and how they are particularly susceptible to a warming world.
♦ I would be remiss to mention that the latest edition of Carnival of Evolution is out at Genome Engineering. Sadly, it seems relatively insect free, making me wonder why bug bloggers aren’t doing more evolution posts?
♦ It seems a week doesn’t go by without Alex Wild revealing something astounding. Now it’s ants on black, with reflection…
and then, being the nice guy that he is, he shows us how to do it at Compound Eye! What a pro!