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Rocket Frog

This photo was taken by NASA during a launch on September 6, 2013 from the Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Apparently, the launchpad has a pool for the high-volume water deluge system that activates during launches to protect the pad from damage … Continue reading

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Species Trees and Gene Flow

Our new paper on the impacts of gene flow on species tree estimation is in press at Systematic Biology. Gene flow can cause gene trees to conflict with one another, and therefore we typically try to shelter our species tree … Continue reading

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2013 Summer Fashion Trends: Taxonomy Edition

Picking the perfect t-shirt to showcase your taxonomic proclivities is an extremely important decision. With so many different options out there, choosing the one to best-fit your personal biases can be an intimidating and difficult decision. Some aspects to consider … Continue reading

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How to resume MCMC analysis in BEAST/SNAPP

Phylogenetic analyses can take a long time to finish. Instead of starting over from scratch after crashing your computer try to resume your MCMC analysis where you left off. Here’s how it works in BEAST2.0/SNAPP: >BEAST2.0 -threads 4 -resume -seed … Continue reading

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xkcd posts horned lizard art

Physics comedy blog xkcd has posted a simple and elegant figure depicting a horned lizard squirting blood (in color).  Excerpt from the post: ”Horned lizards shoot jets of blood from their eyes for distances of up to five feet. I don’t know why they do this … Continue reading

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