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The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction.

The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine pests have been introduced through shipping.  One key pest is the Northern Pacific Seastar (Asterias amurensis), a particularly large and voracious predator that is now abundant in the estuary. Studies by CSIRO show that the seastars eat the stalked ascidians that the handfish use to attach their eggs.

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Update of sorts:

I don’t know if some of you have noticed, but I’ve been off lately. Here’s what I’ve got going on.

My anxiety attacks have returned.

I’m not sleeping. As in I finally can fall asleep around 3. Wake up at 4 or 5. Fall back asleep at 6. Get up for work at 8. 

My hours are getting cut. I went from 27 hours to 19 or 20. 

And to top it all off, I now have to pay an additional payment for this tuition mentioned in the link above every two weeks. 

Blah blah blah. What does that mean?

I got paid $308.15 on Friday.

Tuition Payment (Every two weeks): $197.33

Cell Phone (Every Month): $148.04

It is Saturday and I’m already in the hole $37.22

This happens almost every time I get paid. If it’s not my cell phone bill, it’s my $50 loan payment that’s coming out.

I’m exhausted. My family is exuasted. 

I’ve already gone through the money I was saving for me to move out. All $300 of it. Whether through groceries for the family or buying a part to fix our dryer. I’m slowing going back into debt because I’m forced to use my credit card.

All I wanted to do was learn. 

I did learn. 

But now I feel like I’m beeing punished for it.

So what I’m asking for is just some help. Share this post around the web. 

If you can donate, fantastic. If you can’t that’s alright. Just share the post. Maybe the next person can. 

Thanks for those of you who have donated. It really does mean a lot to me. 

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On October 19, 2013, my life changed for the better and the worse. Four days after being hospitalized, placed on suicide watch, and diagnosed with severe depression, I returned to Agnes Scott College only to pack my belongings and withdraw from school. I barely made it out of the academic advising office before I broke down and cried in my dad’s arms- I was no longer a student. (via How Overcoming The Shame Of My Depression Saved My Life & Put Me On A Better Path To Success | HER AGENDA)

101 Tips for Finishing Your Ph.D. Quickly


This is so helpful for students!

  1. While in coursework, start early on your papers. You’ll ultimately achieve a better project relative to the time you invest. The better-written and more intentional your work is early in the program, the richer pool you’ll have to draw from in developing your dissertation. To keep yourself on a writing schedule for large projects, you might try an automated deadline calendar such as the one offered by Baylor University Libraries.
  2. Learn to super-skimMy blog post describes in detail how to do this. Actually, by the time you read this, maybe there will be a speed-reading app to make reading even more efficient than my super-skimming strategies.

  3. Track your time with Toggl or with the stopwatch on your phone. Stop the clock when you stop working to chat with a friend, run to the restroom, or hop on Facebook. Don’t stop working for the day till you’ve hit your quota. You might also try the Pomodoro time management technique
  4. If your library allows, order your library books to be delivered to your office or to the circulation desk, rather than spending hours in the stacks searching for books yourself.
  5. Check the Survey of Earned Doctorates for the average time-to-degree in your field, and find the numbers for your own university as well. Your goal is to get as close to the average as possible, or beat it.
  6. Keep your inbox ruthlessly organized.  Sort messages into folders immediately upon receiving them. For example, you could have folders entitled Advisor, Research, Teaching, Meetings, Conferences, Events, and Social. Flag any messages that you do not read and sort immediately.    
  7. Know your degree program requirements. Make a list, and check each requirement off as you complete it. Pay attention to which items can only be done at set times or rare intervals. Also, pay attention to changes in degree program requirements.
  8. Find an efficient note-taking system that you can sync across all your devices. Evernote is a classic; you can can type notes directly into it and attach various kinds of files. Evernote works equally well for lesson plans (if you teach) and for dissertation research.
  9. Choose an advisor who has a reputation for being helpful. This article comes out of the UK, but most of it applies in US doctoral programs as well. Your advisor must be capable, competent, and have your best interests at heart.
  10. Keep on top of paperwork. A doctoral program requires you to file an unimaginable quantity of forms. One missed form can delay a graduation requirement, or graduation itself. Make a list of all the forms you’ll have to submit between now and graduation. Better yet, make friends with your department’s office manager.
  11. Use every minute of your day. When doing a mindless task like walking the dog or waiting in line at the grocery store, let your mind work on whatever problem you’re trying to solve that day. Or at the very least, think about how to structure your work for the rest of the day or week.
  12. Keep a Victory Log where you record every one of your accomplishments, however seemingly insignificant. If you don’t, it’ll be too easy to feel that you’re making no progress. Even though I’m done with my Ph.D., I still keep an ever-growing list of victories in the Notes app on my phone. Here’s how Matt Schohlau tracked his progress in grad school, beginning in his second year: "I started writing down every weekend what I had accomplished during the preceding week. I took great care in this, and I often reread what I had done in the past few weeks… Sometimes in the middle of the week I would realize that I hadn’t accomplished anything to be recorded at the end of the week, and I would make sure I would get something done." Schohlau explains the importance of tracking one’s progress: "During a Ph.D. you often try something, and it doesn’t work in the end. That can be frustrating — but I feel that tracking what you have done helps to overcome this frustration. The path to success has unexpected twists and turns in a Ph.D., and while a failed attempt looks like no progress, it really is."
  13. Avoid “busy sloth” – unproductive activities that you focus on in order to mask the fact that you’re not working on the tasks that matter most. Eighteenth-century essayist Samuel Johnson said it best: “Not only in the slumber of sloth, but in the dissipation of ill-directed industry, is the shortness of life generally forgotten.”



Lost Underwater Lion City: Rediscovery of China’s ‘Atlantis

Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Chun’an County, China, where archeologists have discovered in 2001 ruins of an underwater city. The city is at a depth of 26-40 meters and was named “Lion City”. There would have been 290,000 people living in this city during more than 1300 years.


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