A Science Love Song

The Visible Human

The Voice is like a Car: How your voice works

What did Carl Sagan mean when he said this?

This is one of astronomer Carl Sagan‘s most famous quotes: “We’re made of star stuff” (and one of  my favorites, too).

What Does the Spleen Do?

Those comedians at Harvard Medical School address the age-old question:

Is this a sea monster?

The oarfish is a long, thin, serpent like fish that may be the cause of many sea monster legends throughout history.

Recently, a  marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long oarfish. She needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore.

Because oarfish dive more than 3,000 feet deep, sightings of the creatures are rare and they are largely unstudied. The obscure fish apparently died of natural causes. Tissue samples and video footage were sent to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for study by biologists.

The carcass will be buried in the sand until it decomposes and then its skeleton will be reassembled for display.

The oarfish, which can grow to more than 50 feet, is a deep-water pelagic fish — the longest bony fish in the world.

Henrietta’s Tumor

hela-cellsFor my students who have read, or are reading, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – the excellent RadioLab interview with author Rebecca Skloot: