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Featured - Removing the fear

First off, I would like to apologize for not posting as recently as I would have liked to on LabSpaces. I've been with LabSpaces blogs since the very beginning, and I would never stop posting ... but, life got in the way. Over the past few months, I've been busy writing and working, and I let a few things fall away. So, I apologize for my absence, but...

Featured - Natural Born Killers

Parents screamed, children cried and I looked on in horror at the scene unraveling around me in the Shamu tank at the San Diego Sea World in February 2010. Death was up to his usual tricks. The stadium was packed and the trainers were putting the whales through their paces. Birds circled above, eyeing the fish the trainers were using as rewards for...

Featured - The Reality of Dreams

The past few days have been very interesting and filled with questions and mysteries, but the surprising thing is that none of these events happened while I was awake. For the past four nights, I have experienced some of the craziest dreams in recent memory. Four nights ago, I had a dream that I hunted poisonous snakes in my den using nothing but a...

Featured - A Minuet to Mothers

  Today, the second Sunday on May, is Mother’s Day. Right now, as you are reading this, families all over the world are celebrating this holiday in a multitude of ways.  Kids that are all grown up may be celebrating with a dinner or breakfast, while new mothers might just be treated to a breakfast in bed (where it Is the thought that counts, not the...

Featured - RAP Stars of the Animal Kingdom

It may have been a while since my last post, but man do I have some good stuff to share with you! Earlier this month, Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) selected the 20 most unique species that the program has found. According to the release, the species shown in the pictures below are "some of the most biologically surprising,...

Featured - My Own Eureka Moment

  Have you ever stopped to consider just how much you learned in school? If you ever take the time to really stop and appreciate it, there is a huge amount! In school, I learned all about the hidden sub-texts in Macbeth and King Lear, how to write a proper essay, and how the universe was formed. I remember how the Canadian and US judicial systems work,...

Featured - From the biggest to the smallest

Biology was always my “thing.” Starting from a young age, I was always interested in the natural world, why things happen the way they do, and (of course) animals. For some reason, animals always fascinated me with their endless varieties and their amazing adaptations. I could learn everything possible about a particular species, and yet still want...

Featured - Alien Invaders!

It all began with an email from my thesis supervisor at my undergraduate university advising me on a job posting she saw recently.The email contained an attachment with lots of details about the job, which did indeed sound perfect for me. It involved travel to exotic locals, adventurous situations and lots and lots of animals. Not only would you be...

Featured - The Weird and Wild Ways Animals Have Sex

Happy Valentine's Day!In celebration for this day where people give candy and Hallmark cards to the ones they love, I decided to share a few of the weirdest and wildest animal mating strategies I have ever come across. It almost make you feel lucky to be a Homonid!Animals have been around much, much longer than us, and will most likely persist long...

The Wonderful World of Animals - Thankfully, Mistakes in the Lab Are How We Learn!

Hooray for Lab Spaces theme days!The theme for today, if you haven’t already guessed, is the biggest lab mistake that you’ve ever done. And I have two really interesting stories to share with you. One I was (accidentally) responsible for, and one which still mystifies me and my lab mates to this very day!Back in my undergrad, I started working in a...

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