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We’ve Moved

February 7, 2010

Well, not really. What we have done is moved away from the platform. Please visit our new site at and update your links.

365 days of Darwin: February 7, 2010

February 7, 2010

Charlie and Abel Pharmboy at Science Online 2010.

365 days of Darwin: February 6, 2010

February 6, 2010

Charlie, WhySharksMatter, and Beth Beck at Science Online 2010.

Big Changes

February 5, 2010

It shouldn’t be a surprise to our regular readers that big changes are going on behind the scenes here. If you decide you absolutely need to check the blog this weekend, I can’t make any promises regarding what you’ll find.

See y’all Monday.

~Southern Fried Scientist

clean face = dirty ocean?

February 5, 2010
irish spring w/ microbeads

an abundance of soaps now offer some sort of micro-clean

Are your facial cleansers responsible for starving invertebrates in the ocean?  So says Lisa Fendell and Mary Sewell in the December 2009 issue of Marine Pollution Bulletin.  They characterized the ‘microbeads’ and ‘microexfoliates’ in 4 leading brands of facial cleanser found in a grocery store in New Zealand.

Microbeads in soaps have shifted from primarily being made of pumice, oatmeal, apricot, and walnut to polyethylene.  This short study was simply measuring the size and shape of the microplastics in the cleansers to see if they presented a threat to marine life, as already established by decades of experiments.  Read more…

Ocean Story Slam – Don’t forget to put the plug in

February 5, 2010

My addition to bluegrass blue crab’s Ocean Story Slam.

~Southern Fried Scientist

365 days of Darwin: February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010

Charlie and Carl Zimmer at Science Online 2010.

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    Andrew is a graduate student in North Carolina studying deep sea biology. When not in the lab, he spends his time out on the water, usually swearing at his boat while simultaneously sacrificing some important tool to Poseidon in a desperate attempt to make the motor start. That is, assuming he can get his truck running long enough to actually put the boat in the water. He enjoys long walks on the beach, by necessity. Follow him on Twitter @SFriedScientist.


    David is a graduate student in South Carolina studying shark conservation. He is the author of the upcoming book “Why Sharks Matter: Using New Environmentalism to Show The Economic And Ecological Importance of Sharks, The Threats They Face, and How You Can Help”. His time is divided between educating the public about sharks, spending days at a time at sea playing with sharks, and eating horribly unhealthy foods. Follow him on Twitter @WhySharksMatter.

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