Laurel C. Allen
laurelcallen
5/25/15
4:38 PM
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You fill out an application detailing your riding experience, outdoor/“survival” experience, horsemanship references, ability to raise the necessary funds, size/weight (which is capped because the horses are small), and a few other things. You can check out the 2016 application here if still curious, just enter your Read more

5/25/15
4:15 PM
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There’s definitely a pretty wide range of abilities (lots of professionals and highly experienced riders, lots of not-that), but those semi-wild horses are also unlike anything most non-Mongolians have ridden before, plus riders are in the saddle for at least 75 miles a day. So even the really accomplished ones do hit Read more

5/25/15
1:34 PM
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Ciprofloxacin, aka antibiotic death to gastrointestinal (and other) bacterial pathogens.

5/15/15
11:35 AM
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“Pour boiling water as hot as you can stand, but never in excess of temperatures recommended by licensed medical practitioners, on the sting site.”

5/15/15
11:32 AM
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[Raises hand to confess to finding that part a little creepy/uncomfortable, yes.]

5/15/15
1:23 AM
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Rocha is doing an AMA for Reddit Science this Saturday—awesome time to ask any and all lionfish questions.

5/14/15
7:07 PM
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First off, this isn’t limited to fish—invertebrates is where things get *really weird,* and where a lot of the new-species discoveries are happening, which drastically changes your annual count. Academy scientists described 65 new fish + inverts just in 2014, for example, and think they’ll describe at least 40 new Read more

5/14/15
6:18 PM
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Anyone who’s going to embolize eating a banana or inflating a SMB shouldn’t be (and isn’t) working in the twilight zone.

5/14/15
4:48 PM
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Yup—sub was an anomaly. This team usually operates in pretty remote places, so 500-ft blue-water (ie nothing around) descents are their norm.

5/14/15
4:44 PM
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I understand your cringe, but divers are taught to blow bubbles to prevent lung over-expansion injuries that occur thanks to imperfect buoyancy control. These guys don’t move in the water-column without knowing it—they even eat underwater to bring glucose levels up during deco. Check Jessup’s Vimeo page for horrifying Read more

5/14/15
4:03 PM
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I am not Gawker — I am a girl who’s watched scientists pour boiling water on lionfish stings and sigh with relief. When they’re done screaming.

5/14/15
2:38 PM
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Yes and yes. And I’m sure you know the best way to denature the venom already, but for those who don’t: Pour boiling water on the sting site. It’ll break down the proteins, and it’ll hurt less than what you’re already feeling.

3/24/15
7:19 PM
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Yeah, I think it's (at least in part) because shuttles came in at a way steeper-than-commercial angle of the descent and commanders held the noses higher during/for braking.

3/23/15
5:13 PM
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I was just totally thrilled to hear the astro core is full of sci-fan fans. So legitimizing. Of my bookshelves.

9/10/14
3:25 PM
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It's actually pretty rare for the Yagua to use frog-derived poison (I didn't write the intro); they use a paralysis-inducing curare poison that's brewed up from a handful of different plants and kills by respiratory failure. The poison gets painted on dart tips with a small, feather brush, and it's allowed to dry Read more

9/8/14
12:43 AM
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Exactly. Anytime you see a tangerine-colored planter, you know help isn't coming.