July Headers – Clownfishes are Hermaphrodites & other Bits

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From left to right:

1. Clownfish in Bubble-Tipped Anemone.

Popularized by the film, Finding Nemo. Clownfishes are sequential hermaphrodites: they develop into males, then females. Clownfishes live in harems with a single dominant female at the top. When the dominant female is removed, the most dominant male moves up the rank. :)

Bubble-tipped anemones are the favorite homes of Clownfishes. A young anemone has around 20 tentacles; the number of tentacles increases as the anemone gets older.

2. Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish live in coastal waters. They are easily recognized by the four bright gonads at the center of the bell.The adult is also called Medusa and yes, they can be male or female. Watch them in action.

3. Lettuce Coral, Phoenix Islands

Lettuce Coral, also known as Cabbage Coral, Ruffled Coral. Not the leafy kind you can munch on. Header picture is from National Geographic.

 

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Updated “About” Content

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The About page has been updated, featuring a watered-down version of a parable, which what we hope is a gentle introduction to skepticism. This is a derivative of a comment made by a TAFW author, happyhumanpinoy.

Imagine yourself lazing around one fine Sunday afternoon. Suddenly, a man knocks at your door and tells you, “Congratulations! You won a million dollars and a round trip ticket to Hongkong! All you have to do is hand over your wallet. “

You vaguely remember betting on a lottery and you never met or heard about the man in your life. Would you hand over your wallet without asking for evidence of the man’s claim?  — Continued Here

June Header – Sombrero Galaxy

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“The Sombrero Galaxy (also known as M 104 or NGC 4594 ) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark dust lane and the bulge give this galaxy the appearance of a sombrero. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +9.0, making it easily visible with amateur telescopes. The large bulge, the central supermassive black hole, and the dust lane all attract the attention of professional astronomers.”

Really, theists? All this for you? :)

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sombrero_Galaxy

ETA, June 8. WordPress released a new layout, Twenty Eleven, which we took out for a drive. Header is still The Sombrero. :)