Shells and bytes: mollusks in the 16-bit era

Daniel C. Cavallari Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: dccavallari (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Mollusks are one of the most diverse groups of organisms known to science. Humanity has described more than 80,000 species of snails and slugs (gastropods), clams, oysters and scallops (bivalves), squids and octopuses (cephalopods), tusk shellsContinue reading “Shells and bytes: mollusks in the 16-bit era”

Turtles with cannons: an analysis of the dynamics of a Blastoise’s Hydro Pump

João P. P. dos Anjos Universidade de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil. Email: jppanjos (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF As any normal 10-year-old, I chose Charmander as my starter in Pokémon Blue. I would demolish any and every Pokémon that came after me and my little (pseudo-)dragon, but Blue’s (or Green’s, depending on which gameContinue reading “Turtles with cannons: an analysis of the dynamics of a Blastoise’s Hydro Pump”

Modeling and analysis of a Zombie Apocalypse: zombie infestation and combat strategies

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Humanity can be quite creative when it comes to thinking up of interesting and fictional ways of being completely annihilated by (and also of ways of romancing) fantastical monsters. Though most people tend to believe that humanity’s intelligenceContinue reading “Modeling and analysis of a Zombie Apocalypse: zombie infestation and combat strategies”

The birds of James Bond

Rodrigo B. Salvador1 & Barbara M. Tomotani2 1 Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com 2 Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Wageningen, The Netherlands. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen; Groningen, The Netherlands. Email: babi.mt (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF “The name is Bond, James Bond.” This particular BritishContinue reading “The birds of James Bond”

Geeky nature

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Everybody knows that each species on the planet eventually receives a so-called “scientific name”, a two-piece Latin-like name that serves the purpose of scaring people away from science – even more thanContinue reading “Geeky nature”

The munchkin dilemma

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF As most of you might have already guessed by the title, I am a nerd. As such, a relatively large part of my life was invested in hours of playing video games, reading nerdish stuff and playing tabletopContinue reading “The munchkin dilemma”

Robins, robins, robins

Barbara M. Tomotani Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Wageningen, The Netherlands. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen; Groningen, The Netherlands. Email: babi.mt (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Since Pokémon is a recurrent topic on this journal, I would like to call your attention to this little fellow: the fletchling. Fletchling (yayakoma, in Japanese), as it appears in official Pokémon artwork. FletchlingContinue reading “Robins, robins, robins”

Praise Helix!

Rodrigo B. Salvador Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart; Stuttgart, Germany. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF It is not everyday that I manage to join two of my main interests, mollusks and mythology. So rejoice!, for today is one of those days. I bid you welcome to theContinue reading “Praise Helix!”

The Infinite Fish Playing Pokémon Theorem

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF THE INFINITE MONKEY THEOREM I will start by presenting this little famous theorem. The Infinite Monkey Theorem states that if you have a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time, eventuallyContinue reading “The Infinite Fish Playing Pokémon Theorem”