X-rayed eels, saving the Ross Sea, and baboons who read!

A real mishmash of fun multimedia links today - a little bit of something for everyone! From our very own Adam Hinterthuer (who, when he's not working for IJNR, works at the University of Wisconsin's Center for Limnology), a trailer for a film about the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program - part of which takes place at UW!

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Jeff Kart with Treehugger talks about the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's exhibit of wild x-rays of undersea creatures:

Viper Eel, More Undersea Creatures in X-Ray Exhibit

You may have seen a moray eel and other undersea creatures, maybe while swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, StumbleUpon-ing. But what about from the inside out? The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is giving people a chance to see animals from another perspective, with a traveling exhibit called “X-ray Vision: Fish Inside Out.”


Alumna Cassandra Brooks, who now works for the organization The Last Ocean, reports that she has just arrived in New Zealand to begin work on a documentary, and invites folks to keep tabs on the project. Their aim is to preserve the Ross Sea, the most pristine ecosystem on earth. Check out their beautiful interactive website.


Remember that saying about 100 monkeys and 100 typewriters eventually writing the works of Shakespeare?  Turns out it might not be so crazy after all!  Seth Borenstein with the AP reports that baboons are actually learning how to read. (We especially like that the baboon's name is Dan.)

See Dan Read: Baboons Can Learn to Spot Real Words

Dan the baboon sits in front of a computer screen. The letters BRRU pop up. With a quick and almost dismissive tap, the monkey signals it's not a word. Correct. Next comes, ITCS. Again, not a word. Finally KITE comes up.

He pauses and hits a green oval to show it's a word. In the space of just a few seconds, Dan has demonstrated a mastery of what some experts say is a form of pre-reading and walks away rewarded with a treat of dried wheat... Read more.

You can even watch Dan read!