January 29th, 2009 | researchmaterial



The Turritopsis Nutricula is able to revert back to a juvenile form once it mates after becoming sexually mature. Marine biologists say the jellyfish numbers are rocketing because they need not die. Dr Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute said: "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion."

Turritopsis Nutricula is technically known as a hydrozoan and is the only known animal that is capable of reverting completely to its younger self.

SF MAGAZINES: REALMS OF FANTASY Found Riddled With Unicorn Stab-Holes In Magical Glade

January 28th, 2009 | researchmaterial

More properly, SF/F Magazines, but I want to preserve the search string. SF Scope has the confirmation:

Realms of Fantasy is closing down following publication of its April 2009 issue. Managing Editor Laura Cleveland told SFScope the news came very suddenly, indeed, even Editor Shawna McCarthy (currently on vacation in Italy) hadn’t been informed yet. The only reason we got the story is that rumors broke through the blogosphere today.

RoF was often cited to me as, if you like, "the fourth of the Big Three."

Some people will find meat for the "embrace digital or die" argument in RoF’s somewhat stunted website, which has apparently gone without an update since early 2006, and is filled with bad and broken links.

@network 27jan09

January 28th, 2009 | people I know

* New Tigrics EP from Highpoint Lowlife, a mere three Yanqui dolla through PayPal.

* Eliza Gauger:


* Jamais Cascio on the argument against the use of enhancement biochemistry.

* Another of Siege’s slightly creepy Long Portraits, this time of Molly Crabs:

Long Portrait: Molly Crabapple from Clayton Cubitt on Vimeo.