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Spider have kinkier sex lifes than your college roommate

May 3rd, 2016

Darwin’s bark [spiders](Caerostris darwini) … have a rich sexual repertoire that includes oral sexual contact. The males routinely salivate onto female genitalia before, during, and after copulation.

Janet Fang from Male Spiders Perform Oral Sex On Females [iflscience.com]

Actually, spiders as a whole are the Marques de Sade (is there a female version I should use here?) of the animal world, as the opening sentence of the article makes clear:

The females of many spider species have evolved giant sizes, and they’re known for extreme sexual behaviors – ranging from mate binding and plugging to sexual cannibalism, genital mutilation, and emasculation.

I nominate this for the best science sentence of the year. This is NC17 Discovery Channel shit.

Note the authors name for extra credit.

Not the big cheese

April 21st, 2016

False advertising:

Small cheese; big box

Cherry Blossom at Gardens by the Bay

April 10th, 2016

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See the full set of flickr [flickr.com].

Who Controls The Nukes?

March 29th, 2016

Nuclear weapons are inherently dangerous. Handling them, using them, not using them, requires caution, care. Living as we do now with North Korea, Pakistani generals, jihadists, and who knows who’ll be the next U.S. president, the world is very, very lucky that at one critical moment, someone calm enough, careful enough, and cool enough was there to say no.

Robert Krulwich in You (and Almost Everyone You Know) Owe Your Life to this Man [phenomena.nationalgeographic.com]

That’s as close as National Geography gets to calling Trump insane.

Why 

March 28th, 2016

The fact is that cloud service providers (CSPs) at any kind of scale have more network engineers, security engineers, compliance experts, and operational personnel than most companies that run their own data centers. 

John Purrier quoted in The Roles Cloud and DevOps Should play in Your Digital Transformation [enterprisersproject.com] on The Enterprisers Project

This will be the single biggest driver in moving to the cloud in the future. Even large enterprises have proved how bad they are at security —looking at you Sony! The big cloud players will be the ones who can bring these services at the most capable, most professional and most cost effective level to all companies from startups to mega multinationals. Why should every company have its own IT Security team?