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by amdurso
Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 53278

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

For geologic time, I follow Stephen Jay Gould's review of an imaginary porn film: Cheap Meat performs passably, quenching the celibate's jejune thirst. Portraiture, presented massably, drowning sorrow, oneness cursed. Rare pornography, purchased meekly: O erogeny, paleobscene. Ah, you beat me to it.
by amdurso
Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 53278

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

For the geologic time periods, we learned (and it's somewhat dated now): Can Oranges Slide Down My Pants Pocket? Tell Jane Clark To Quit (My Pants = Mississippian Pennsylvanian, which together = Carboniferous); (To Quit = Tertiary Quaternary) And for the epochs of the Cenozoic (excluding Holocene): ...
by amdurso
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Websites
Replies: 69
Views: 193600

Re: Science Websites

This is my collection of authoritative resources in taxonomy and species identification: ITIS - http://www.itis.gov/ - for looking up the authority, year and validity of any taxon name NatureServe - http://www.natureserve.org/explorer/ - really good for range information for all Western hemisphere s...
by amdurso
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tiny snake found on the carpet
Replies: 12
Views: 2977

Re: Tiny snake found on the carpet

It's Ramphotyphlops braminus , the only snake with a worldwide range (aside from Antarctica, of course). It's a parthenogenic species (females reproduce without the need to mate) that tends to wind up in the potting soil of exotic garden plants, thus hitching a ride all over the place. It's part of...
by amdurso
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question: Biology | Fleshy Animals | Cells, Atoms
Replies: 40
Views: 3752

Re: Question: Biology | Fleshy Animals | Cells, Atoms

There is an interesting field called isotope ecology that quantifies the turnover rate of atoms in different animal (and plant) tissues - in some tissues, like blood, the turnover rate can be quite quick (relative to the life of the animal) whereas in other tissues such as bone it is very slow, some...

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