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Michael Habib
Works at University of Southern California
Attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Lives in Los Angeles
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+George Cohn that would vary on how clean the inside was for effectiveness. 
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My Gongora tricolor is firing up again. These are just quick wide shots to show the general shape and size of the flower cascades (the spikes are pendulous in Gongora). I plan to get some good close ups of the flowers soon. There are 33 flowers open at present; I expect another 20-25 flowers to open over the next two weeks. #orchids
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It will appreciate that. I think it's the only way to bloom i it - full sun as much as possible.
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This amused me...
The tardigrade creed. Via A Science Enthusiast and
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This is good. So we're challenge number six for them. I don't doubt that they will also survive us.
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Dinosaurs in 2015: the first year of OA majority

Dinosaur paleontology reached a major milestone last year - more than half of all new species descriptions (excluding birds) were published in Open Access papers. As a result, the anatomy, naming basis, and localities for most of the new dinosaurs named in 2015 can be immediately accessed by anyone, anywhere that has a working web browser. This is a potentially a big deal for a few reasons. Most obviously, there are many individuals other than specialists that want to read about dinosaurs, and this makes it much easier for them to do so.

This will also provide one of the first good comparisons of what happens to the utilization of knowledge in OA versus subscription journals. Since it was almost an even split (51% OA, 49% subscription), the 2015 dinosaur list can serve as a study sample moving forward - we can watch, for example, if those species that were published in OA journals end up being included in more datasets in the future or are more likely to be incorporated in educational materials within museums. It will also be interesting to see what citation rates are like for the OA papers versus the subscription papers over the next couple of years.

#dinosaurs #openaccess
2015 saw more new dinosaurs published in open access journals than ever before. How does it compare with previous years?
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Always excellent when a species turns out not to be extinct (well, okay, maybe except smallpox)...

The comments make me furious, though.
No one has seen a certain species of sea snake in more than 15 years, prompting concerns that they’ve gone extinct. So imagine the surprise of researchers when they spotted a pair of these elusive sea snakes off the coast of Western Australia.
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+Michael Habib​,thanks once again.

Shame, actually. It would seem the PR side isn't actually in the conservation game but money raising game.
The charity drives to fund charity drives aren't actually helping the real effort. 
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This is spot on...
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+Rajini Rao​, because it's about PPE. 
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Phragmipedium season continues...

This is Phragmipedium popowii in bloom*. The petals are still extending and are already over 45 cm long. These are humus epiphytes from the mid to high elevation forests of central america (especially Costa Rica). Cool distilled water is recommended for cultivation (this is a tip I picked up from Jason Fischer, I cannot take credit for it myself).

*Well, that's what it probably is, because the taxonomy of the long-petaled Phragmipediums is currently highly contentious. For an example of the heated debate, see:

So the plant in the photographs might be more properly called P. humboldtii (if one prefers the argument of Dressler et al.). The correct taxonomic permutation from the potential set of Phragmipedium warscewiczii, P. caudatum, P. humboldtii, and P. popowii remains rather deliciously uncertain - at least two of those are separate species, but it could be as many as three. For now, I'm using the taxonomy of Dr. Guido J. Braem and colleagues.

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Fantastic flower! The taxonomy wars remind me sometimes of the fierce arguments over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin ☺.
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My Phragmipedium besseae opened its first flower of the season this morning, so I figure it's now spring in my apartment. More phrag blooms on the way!


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Only problem would be parking it in Los Angeles...

H/T +Yonatan Zunger
We are selling our Cheiftain MK 6, main battle tank with 120mm gun. This armored tank is fully functional. The 2 engines both run great and have low hours on them. It comes with a NEW backup main engine. The turret is fully operational and the stablization system works; it is controlled via a ...
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Yes, but can I hook my iPod up in it?

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What I like about this article in the Conversation is that it takes a proactive, optimistic approach. Instead of just another "traditional tests suck" piece (which is true, but not helpful), Dr Sternberg instead takes the approach of "here's how we can test for all sorts of useful traits other than SAT grade analytical stuff".

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The truth is, you can’t get by in life only on analytical skills – you also need to come up with your own new ideas (creativity), know how to apply your ideas (practical common sense), and ensure they benefit others beside yourself (wisdom).


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+Kimberly Chapman I fervently desire that to be the rational choice before any life choice is made easier with numbers instead of understanding the duties. 
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No mystery on which one I would use...
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..they concluded that azhdarchids were more likely terrestrial stalkers, similar to modern storks, and probably hunted small vertebrates on land..  

hmmmm... children beware... 
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"...a competent terrorism policy should at minimum avoid overt violations of international law. Unfortunately, Ted Cruz’s advocacy of carpet bombing territories held by the Islamic State, Ben Carson’s refusal to rule out the bombing innocent children and Donald Trump’s suggestion that we should target the families of terrorists fall into precisely that category."

You'd think that was pretty basic, but apparently not. What I find particularly concerning about all this (beyond the total moral bankruptcy) is that this race to be the most violent and unforgiving could be indicative of voter preferences. I hope not, but...
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+Michael Habib the law is not working. It's written for how the world should be not how it operates. 
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Assistant Professor, Cell and Neurobiology
Anatomy, Biomechanics, Paleontology
  • University of Southern California
    Assistant Professor, Cell and Neurobiology, 2012 - present
    I teach Clinical Human Anatomy (Cadaveric). I research biomechanics, paleontology, robotics and comparative anatomy. Growing interest in astrobiology.
  • Chatham University
    Assistant Professor of Biology, 2009 - 2012
    I taught Clinical Human Anatomy (Cadaveric), Evolution, and Biostatistics. I had a fruitful research program in biomechanics, paleontology, and comparative anatomy.
  • National Aquarium
    Animal Husbandry: Rainforest, 2001 - 2001
    I provided animal care at the National Aquarium for reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. (
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Paleontologist. Gets to play with flying reptiles, dinosaurs, and swarms for a living. Enjoys tea and Kung Fu off the job.
I spend my time teaching human gross anatomy and studying strange creatures from the deep past of Earth's history. I am particularly fond of publishing works on giant flying reptiles. When not contemplating the fossil record I can be found studying Kung Fu and growing orchids.

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My Curriculum Vitae

Some of my recent papers:

Han G, Chiappe LM, Ji S-A, Habib M, Turner AH, Chinsamy A, Liu X, and Han L. 2014. A New Raptorial Dinosaur with Exceptionally Long Feathering provides Insights into Dromaeosaurid Flight Performance. Nature Communications. 5 (4382)

Chiappe LM, Zhao B, O’Connor JK, Chunling G, Wang X, Habib M, Marugan-Lobon J, Meng Q, Cheng X. 2014. A new specimen of the Early Cretaceous bird Hongshanornis longicresta: insights into the aerodynamics and diet of a basal ornithuromorph. PeerJ 2:e234 

Hone DWE, Habib MB, Lamanna MC. 2013. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of Solnhofen (Upper Jurassic, Germany) pterosaur specimens at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Annals of Carnegie Musuem 82(2): 149-175.

Habib M. 2013. Constraining the Air Giants: Limits on size in flying animals as an example of constraint-based biomechanical theories of form. Biological Theory: Special Volume doi: 10.1007/s13752-013-0118-y

Habib M. 2010. The structural mechanics and evolution of aquaflying birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 99(4): 687-698

Habib M.  2008. Comparative evidence for quadrupedal launch in pterosaurs. Pp 161-168 in Buffetaut E, and DWE Hone, eds.  Wellnhofer Pterosaur Meeting: Zitteliana B28

Bragging rights
I was selected as one of the "Brilliant 10" in Popular Science Magazine for 2014. My research was featured as one of the top 100 stories of 2009 by Discover Magazine.
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Anatomy (Ph.D.), 2004 - 2011
  • University of Virginia
    Biology (M.S.), 2001 - 2004
  • University of Virginia
    Biology (B.A.), 1998 - 2001
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