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I bought a siege engine! A very small one.
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Today's the LAST DAY of the SciFund Challenge and your LAST CHANCE to support our duck sex study. Please help! Anything you're able to give is appreciated.
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Patty Brennan, my collaborator on the Force of Duck project, has just published a paper describing the erectile mechanism of ostriches and emus. Like ducks, it's lymphatic, but it isn't as fast or as forceful (to see what erection's like in ducks, check out our #SciFund video: http://bit.ly/swmro9).
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I'm totally making this ornament. Even though I'm Jewish. I'll hang it on the menorah or something.
(Here's the parts list: http://bit.ly/s4pEsX)
Make a LEGO Millennium Falcon Ornament. 'nuff said; frikkin *RAD!*. millennium falcon part list and instructions. (I *love* that he's included a LEGO Digital Designer file for this build.) (vi...
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Patricia Brennan and I joined the SciFund Challenge: we're raising money to study the biomechanics of penile inflation in ducks. Our page just went live on RocketHub -- have a look, donate if you can, and tell your friends!
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Two towns over from the place where I live, there is a really tiny library. It's cute, but cramped. It also has no running water and a heater that doesn't work right. The state has promised to pay 60% of the cost of putting up a new building if the library can raise $1.4 million by June 30, 2012. Help -- if not with a donation, then by spreading the word to others.
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I've always wondered. But Jim Hines provides some experimental proof...
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Blog Post: Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers)

I could talk about the way women are posed in cover art, or I could show you. I opted for the latter, in part because it helped me to understand it better. I expected posing ... to feel a little weird and unnatural. I did not expect immediate, physical pain.
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More slow-motion film, this time of a popcorn kernel exploding into starchy goodness. More on the physics involved in the 'pop' on my blog: http://tinyurl.com/7jljfjk
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Mmm...popcorn.
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LiveScience's Geeky Holiday Gifts List include donations to the SciFund Challenge and mentions our duck sex study! So, are there any waterfowl lovers on your holiday list? http://bit.ly/swmro9
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Our Force of Duck project made an appearance in GizMag today. We're still fundraising for the experiment -- please make a donation at http://bit.ly/swmro9 before December 15.
Researchers construct glass duck oviducts to study the secrets of duck mating.
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Today I learned that staining 52 brains at once is a bit crazy. And hectic.
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My ancestors were fish.
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I'm a biologist who likes to write about science. 
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I'm versatile. I discovered an anatomical feature found in all mammals, wrote some children's books, designed two card games, and (back in 1986) helped start the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt.
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