Cuddly Lil’ Bone Crushers

To accompany yesterday’s post on flu virus evolution comics, here’s a more in depth (and cuddlier!) one courtesy of Jorge Cham’s PhD Comics summarizing the work of Zhijie Jack Tseng, currently of the American Museum of Natural History, on the convergent evolution of savage bone-crushin’ jaws in hyenas and dogs.

You can also see a related comic version of this video, which is neat…  Always impressed by Cham’s animated thesis comics…  which you can see much more of on PhD TV!

Hyena-Dog convergent evolution comic by Jorge Cham

Copyright Jorge Cham

PhD Comics explains Open Access!

Jorge Cham of PhD Comics occasionally takes a break from comics about graduate student life to create animated versions of academic talks or theses (or even make a live -action movie based on his comics!), and his latest such venture is all about Open Access in the scientific publishing community, an interesting subject to me as a library science student…

These videos can make a good introduction to some heady scientific concepts (like the Higgs-Boson particle and the CERN Large Hadron Collider), and you can seem them all at PhD TV.

The History (Motion Comic) Books are Written

It’s been a week since the 2012 presidential election, and the official history has finally arrived in the form of a strange strolly motion comic from the UK’s Guardian, America: Elect!

America: Elect!By The Guardian‘s US Interactive Team, Richard Adams, and Erin McCann

Interesting to see the history of this screwball election as seen from across the pond…

How do you say Nostalgia in Japanese?

I recently started reading Naoki Urasawa‘s 20th Century Boys, my first real foray into manga.  I’m almost done with the first volume (pictured below), but it’s kind of a big commitment; there are 20+ volumes in the NYPL catalog, which I didn’t realize when I started!

It’s kinda funny, manga obviously has its own set of graphic storytelling conventions but I’m adapting to those (and to reading right to left) just fine.  But there are still little things that seem very culturally specific and sometimes (here’s where my undergrad linguistics major shows) I wonder if there are things that just can’t be translated. Continue reading