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Danna Staaf
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"In 2004, geologists celebrated the establishment of the first new geological period in 113 years: the Ediacaran."

So wow, I had no idea the Ediacaran Period (nearly 600 million years ago when the very first animals fossilized) was so "young." I'm loving this book; it's excellently written and crammed with fascinating information.

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Was August Amazing Octopus Research Month or something? In addition to the genome getting sequenced, this oddball octopus finally got the spotlight after decades of dogmatic dismissal! I got to write about it for +KQED SCIENCE:

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Nice reporting on the egg mass from NatGeo! I'm surprised that Vecchione suggested these masses would sink to 150 m. The one in Mexico was ready to hatch at 16 m, and we figured most of them probably sit at a relatively shallow pycnocline (a depth where the density changes sharply) to keep the embryos in the warm water they seem to need to develop. But he might well know more than I do about this particular part of the ocean . . .

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In which I draw pictures and blabber about how (we think) an Enormous Blob of Squid Eggs comes into being.

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This thoroughly researched, beautifully written chronicle is uncannily familiar to me . . . 

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What a thrill to see this enormous, delicate blob of squid eggs! Only the second video ever taken of this kind of egg mass, as far as I know.
This giant egg mass dwarfs the divers. No surprise to read they approached with "a mixture of both excitement and fear."

HT +Craig McClain 

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I'm officially writing a book! It's about how the ancestors of squid once DOMINATED THE PLANET (well, this was before anything lived on land) and how they eventually lost their shells and turned into today's sleek, swimming protein bars. Many thanks to my new editor, Stephen Hull at ForeEdge, and my agent Lydia Moed for the opportunity to share this fascinating story.

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#ScienceIsStory  got me thinking about my journey from sci-fi fan to marine biologist to writer, and so (like a good little writer) I blogged about it.

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But really, don't we all want chromatophores in our clothes? My latest for +KQED SCIENCE, in honor of

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I had such fun researching and writing this evolutionary tale for +KQED SCIENCE! A few weeks ago I did not know that California is home to the world's greatest diversity of luminous millipedes; now it forms a core component of my state pride.
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