U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants – ScienceInsider

As much as I would like to make my posts light-hearted and educational, this is just too important to ignore. Funding for scientific research and education has been gutted in recent years to levels that are already leaving the U.S. behind the curve compared to many other countries, particularly in Europe and Asia. If this country has any expectations to keep up with the rest of the world economically and educationally in the future, we need to vote nearly every last Republican out of office. I just don’t see any other way. The GOP as a party continues to demonstrate a level of ignorance that is short-sighted, harmful to our society, and irresponsible to future generations both here and around the globe.

U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants – ScienceInsider

Night diving in Mo’orea

I had the good fortune as a grad student to twice TA a field marine biology class in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. Here’s a post from the last time I was there (May 2012) with a bunch of photos from a night-time SCUBA dive. Enjoy!

Night diving in Mo’orea

Survival of the Sexiest: The Evolution of Animal Reproduction

In an attempt to resurrect the 3rd Stone blog, I’ll be chronicling a freshman seminar I’m teaching this quarter at UCLA. This will be the beginning of my own personal tumblr account that will be strictly about evolution. Click HERE┬áto check it out!

Hopefully this will kickstart 3rd Stone again, bringing you all kinds of cool stuff you need to know (but never realized) about the natural world…

Descent of Man