My ScienceSeeker editor’s picks for this week:
For those of you with cable TV, it’s Shark Week! But for those of us with only an internet connection, it’s also Shark Week! And also Cow Week!
- How to measure a whale shark without hugging it: Sharks and lasers, not just for entertainment! by Craig McClain at Deep Sea News. People doing actual science! With sharks!
- More and better sharks for when you get bored of watching jaws: 10 fish you don’t see during Shark Week By Jim Wharton guest posting at Beach Chair Scientist (nice to see a shout-out to that hipster of the shark world, the Wobbegong).
- So, you know, just another day in the Kermadecs. Caught an undescribed species of shark, cleaned the fresh pumice out of the ship’s filters: Kermadecs Islands: Shark fishing with Clinton Duffy By Rebecca Priestley at SciAm Blogs’ Expeditions.
And in non-shark-week-related news:
- I’ve been enjoying the Soapbox Science series at Nature blogs, and this week’s series on the future of PhD training is no exception (also check out #PhDelta on twitter). So far, my pick is a distillation of PhD disillusionment in PhDelta: PhD2.0 and anecdotes from the trenches by Jeanne Garbarino
- Finally, the Last Word on Nothing seems to be making a little name for itself as the place to go for kinky/beautiful slug sex: TGIPF: Slug Sex Redux By Cassandra Willyard (WATCH THE VIDEO, PEOPLE).