Saving Face: Putting a Dead Head Back Together




BuzzHootRoar_SavingFace_FNL4_05Check our facts:

1. Restorative Arts and Sciences 

2. Daniel at Shumate–Faulk Funeral Home

3. http://archfaci.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=480245

4. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/com/108/3/233/


Meg O’Brien is designer—graphic and otherwise—living in the Pacific Northwest. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from the North Carolina State University College of Design. She is always seeking new ways and new skills to make herself a better designer and global citizen, and is particularly interested in pattern, distilling information visually, and the preservation of craft. Follow her @MegofBrien.

By |October 30th, 2013|Backbones|2 Comments

Jumping Spiders: an Evolutionary Love Story

Jumping spiders. Salticids. Who doesn’t love them? With their big eyes and furry mustaches, they’re the George Clooneys of the spider world, handsome and charismatic.


Well, maybe the Justin Timberlakes. When jumping spiders mate, males in the mood of the Habronattus genus dance up to their Britneys and Jessicas, waving their forelegs and grinding their abdomens.


Each species even sings its own song as it approaches its respective paramour.


In Arizona, jumping spiders of the same species often become isolated on mountaintops. Too far to travel, they only speak to spiders on their own “sky islands.”


Over time, these males modify their songs to please their girlfriends. Today, males on different mountaintops sing different songs, each tune driven by the preference of their female neighbors. Eventually, this type of sexual selection can lead to the development of new species.


Maybe budding Robin Thickes ready for their Mileys?



Bonus: Check out footage of real-live adorbs salticid mating dancing here.


Originally from North Carolina, illustrator Christine Fleming is slowly working her way around the country. Her work tends to have a whimsical feel with organic lines, delicate textures, and hidden details. Check out more of her work and her blog at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and follow her on Twitter @might_could.


By |October 23rd, 2013|Bugs|8 Comments

Vocabulary Friday: Polyphyodont

Polyphyodont! Animals that continuously replace their teeth!

They shed their chompers like yesterday’s news.



You and I replace our teeth only once. We’re diphyodonts.



Polyphyodonts lose and grow teeth until they die.

Animals like frogs, lizards, fish, alligators, and sharks are making our tooth fairy go broke.


By Roar.


By |October 18th, 2013|Vocabulary Friday|3 Comments

Get Moving! How to Navigate the Great Migrate.

Ancient civilizations couldn’t figure out how animals came and went with the seasons. They came up with all kinds of stories


But the truth behind navigation turned out to be way better than anything they could have imagined. Bobolinks take an annual trip of more than 12,000 miles. Monarch butterflies bat their wings for up to 6,000 miles.


With no GPS, how are they doing it? Lots of animals get their major move on using these three tools:

1. Sun compass


2. Stars. Most migrating songbirds travel by night. They learn constellation patterns and orient to those patterns. Light pollution throws a monkey wrench in their plans.


3. Magnetic fields.



Check our facts!

K. Able, Gathering of Angels: Migrating Birds and Their Ecology. Comstock Publishing, 2003.

W. Hamilton, III, The Auk. Vol. 79, No. 2 (April 1962), pp. 208-233.

O. Taylor, Monarch Butterfly: Top Ten Facts. April 2009.

W. M. Hamner, P.P. Hamner, S.W. Strand, Sun-compass Migration by Aurelia aurita: Population Retention and Reproduction in Saanich Inlet, British Columbia. June 1994, Volume 199, Issue 3, pp. 347-356.

All About Birds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Poot, H., B. J. Ens, H. de Vries, M. A. H. Donners, M. R. Wernand, and J. M. Marquenie. 2008. Green light for nocturnally migrating birds. Ecology and Society 13(2): 47.

W. Wiltschko, U. Munro, H. Ford, R. Wiltschko, Aviation Orientation: […]

By |October 17th, 2013|Backbones, Bugs|2 Comments

The Best Thing About Baby Ants

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Check our facts:http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0041595

Clint Penick, Ph.D., is an accomplished myrmecologist and artist with an inordinate fondness for ant larvae. In addition to making important discoveries like the one he illustrated for today’s post, he served as an instructor for the ASU Design School, designed a bat-inspired umbrella, and more. Does it ever end with Clint? We hope not. Follow him on Twitter and see if it does.

By |October 15th, 2013|Bugs|1 Comment

Vocabulary Friday: Actinopterygii

Actinopterygii! The class of animals known as bony fish!


With over 20,000 species, actinopterygians make up around half of all known vertebrate species.

Plus, the word’s just fun to say.

So if you’ve got an urgin’ for sturgeon or you’re true to your trout, don’t be shy! Go ahead and request your actinopterygii!



Well, maybe don’t do that.

By Roar.

By |October 11th, 2013|Vocabulary Friday|3 Comments

A Spider Did Not Bite You

Each year, thousands of people accuse brown recluse spiders of hanging around their houses, stalking them, biting them and causing horrible wounds–but that hardly ever happens. It’s time to set the record straight.


1R. Vetter, N Hinkle, and L. Ames (2009) Distribution of the Brown recluse spider (Araneae: Sicariidae) Georgia with comparison to poison center reports of envenomations. Journal of Medical Entomology, 46(1): 15-20

2R. Vetter, D. Barger. An infestation of 2,055 brown recluse spiders (Araneae: Sicariidae) and no envenomations in a Kansas home: implications for bite diagnoses in nonendemic areas. J Med Entomol, 39 (2002), pp. 948–951

3J. D. Joslin. Regarding suspected brown recluse spider envenomation case report. J. of Emergency Medicine, 43(2), p 348

4T.J. Dominguez. It’s not a spider bite, it’s community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Am Board Fam Pract, 17 (2004), pp. 220–226


By Roar and Katie McKissick. AKA Beatrice the Biologist, McKissick is a blog and science comic that hopes to make science fun and interesting for the casual reader. Visit www.beatricebiologist.com to see more of her work, and follower her on Facebook and Twitter.

By |October 10th, 2013|Bugs|72 Comments

Introducing Buzz Hoot Roar

What’s all this Buzz Hoot Roar business?

Buzz Hoot Roar is a graphics-driven blog that shares and/or explains a scientific concept in 300 words or less.


Here’s how it works:

  • We (Buzz, Hoot, or Roar) write a short post explaining a bit of scientific information or concept that interests and excites us.
  • Graphic artists and science lovers from across the United States illustrate that information.
  • We share it with you!

What’s in it for the artists?

They get the most amazingly soft Buzz Hoot Roar t-shirt in the world. Plus a fun toy. Plus mail. Plus they get to show off their stuff.


What’s in it for you?

We get to talk about science! Any bit of it! Any way we want! What’s not in it for us?!


How can I draw for you?

Send us an email!



By |October 8th, 2013|About|0 Comments