Two years ago I treated you to the story of how in Alabama, spiders are legally insects. “Hold my beer”, said California, and two weeks ago a California court declared that bees are fish. I know; that’s ridiculous. It turns out, though, that it isn’t ridiculous in the biological way you’re thinking; rather, it’s ridiculous in a scientific-writing way. At least, that’s going to be my take, and I hope you’ll come along. Continue reading
Photos: Possibly my nerdiest T-shirt; and town of Norris Point, Newfoundland. Both CC BY 4.0.
Recently, I had to drop off a cheque at my university’s Donor Relations office. I was run off my feet that day, but that office is only one building away from mine, so I figured I could pop over and be back at my desk in 3 minutes flat. I was wrong. It was more like 20 minutes, and the extra 17 were because I was wearing my “Two bees or not two bees” T-shirt.
I wear a lot of nerdy biology T-shirts, and one of the useful (I believe) results of that is occasional bouts of what I call Accidental SciComm. Continue reading