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July 21, 2014

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3:55 PM | Watching Wetland Water Levels – Timelapse Photography
It’s timelapse photography time again…  I downloaded more photos from the cameras at our restored wetland in the Platte River Prairies a couple weeks ago, and have been looking through the images for stories.  One theme that stood out in … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Beyond the Edge of the Plume: understanding environmental impacts of deep-sea mining
The mining of deep-sea hydrothermal vents for gold, copper, and other precious metals, is imminent. Over the last seven years I’ve worked with industry, academia, and international regulatory agencies to help craft guidelines for conducting environmental impact studies and assess the connectivity and resilience of deep-sea ecosystems. Deep-sea mining, particularly at hydrothermal vents, is a […]
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3:07 AM | Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched
Growing concern doomsday brought on by climate change. Continue reading →
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1:58 AM | Volunteers for the 2014 Shark Summit needed
Volunteers for the 2014 Shark Summit needed: savephilippineseas: Shark Summit 2014: A Roundtable...

July 20, 2014

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10:21 PM | Global Warming and Fire
Increasing fire occurrence means that a site is more likely to be burned a second time before the vegetation can recover. This quickly leads to a reduction in diversity and stability. Continue reading →
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10:07 PM | President Obama: Keep fighting poaching! – Wildlife Conservation Society
President Obama just made an unprecedented move in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. In a visit to Tanzania, the President launched a poaching crackdown, dedicating the United States to fighting back against poachers and criminal wildlife traffickers. His new $10 million initiative is devoted to protecting Africa's iconic species from the threat of the bloody trade in illegal ivory. Continue reading →
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8:03 PM | Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least
Pressure mounts for EPA to ban neonicotinoid insecticides. Continue reading →

July 19, 2014

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3:24 AM | Ask USFWS and the Department of Interior To Give Panthers Room To Roam!
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July 18, 2014

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6:57 PM | Is there hope for bonobos? Researchers, NGOs, gov't officials, local communities band together to save iconic ape (Part III)
Sankuru Nature Reserve was established in 2007 primarily for bonobo protection. The largest continuous protected great ape habitat in the world, Sankuru is still losing large swaths of forests to burning and other activities, primarily along roads that transect the center of the reserve. However, hope exists, both from human efforts – and from the apes themselves.
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5:09 PM | Boom but mostly bust: fighting over sardines in Indonesia's Bali Strait (Part II)
Fifty-five crewmen, stripped to their briefs, sing Madurese sea shanties to synchronized gestures as they haul in giant seine nets, hand-over-hand, onto the swaying wooden deck of the M/V Sinar Indah out in the middle of the Bali Strait. This morning they had offloaded a bumper haul at their homeport of Muncar: seven tons of lemuru sardines Sardinella lemuru, the local specialty, for which dockside cannery agents offered $3,500.
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4:42 PM | Fraud, Deception And Lies: How Discovery’s Shark Week Became The Greatest Show On Earth
In 1842, the infamous showman P.T. Barnum unveiled a truly bizarre creature. In his autobiography, Barnum described it as “an ugly, dried-up, black-looking, and diminutive specimen… its arms thrown up, giving it the appearance of having died in great agony.” The Feejee mermaid, as the mummified remains were called, possessed the torso of a monkey with […]The post Fraud, Deception And Lies: How Discovery’s Shark Week Became The Greatest Show On Earth appeared […]
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2:28 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Fasting Fights Cancer?
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay to everyone. FSF is back and with a new name! After a brief hiatus to sort out some legal issues regarding the title of FSF, and a trip to the World Cup, I am hopefully back into the swing of providing you with mostly weekly, fun, and interesting science facts! Up […]
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12:00 PM | A roadmap for reconciling food security and conservation
Too often, the needs of an increasing population are at odds with the needs of the environment. More people means more mouths to feed. That, in turn, means that we need more land for agriculture. Since there’s only a finite amount of dry land on our planet, we’re increasingly converting forests and jungles into farms

July 17, 2014

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10:16 PM | Photo of the Week – July 17, 2014
A couple weeks ago, I posted a photo of a sunset from the Niobrara Valley Preserve.  In the post, I talked about having to scramble to get into position for the photo before the color left the sky.  Barely a … Continue reading →
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10:03 PM | Poaching, fires, farming pervade: protecting bonobos 'an enormous challenge' (Part II)
Sankuru Nature Reserve in the DRC was established in 2007 to safeguard the 29,000 to 50,000 bonobos that remain in existence. However, while touted as the largest swath of protected continuous great ape habitat in the world, the reserve is still losing thousands of hectares of forest every year. Burning, bushmeat hunting, and agricultural expansion are taking a large toll on the endangered great ape.
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3:00 PM | Growing Globally: Digitization Developments in Africa
From left to right: Cindy-Lee Daniels  and Lidia Swart (staff at the Digitization Office, Library Services, University of Pretoria); Gemma Waterston (IA Satellite Coordinator) and Robert Miller (Director of Global IA)On April 15, 2013, during a ceremony hosted at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden in Pretoria, South Africa, BHL-Africa officially launched as our sixth global node. Working within the BHL consortium, BHL-Africa […]
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1:00 PM | Hungry dogs ravaging sea turtle nests
In the farming village of Colola, Mexico, many families have dogs that help guard the house and fields. But these canine companions also wreak havoc on the nests of threatened sea turtles at a nearby beach, gobbling up eggs as a way to compensate for a lack of food at home. There are roughly 700
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12:15 AM | These things are related.
Exhibit A. At Boing Boing, Maggie Koerth-Baker publishes an article talking about her disenchantment with Richard Feynman after learning that he was a gigantic womanizing creeper. Matthew Francis follows up with more information about Feyman’s inexcusable behavior. Armies of Feyman supporters rush to his defense, arguing that we should judge him as a product of […]

July 16, 2014

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8:58 PM | Will the last ape found be the first to go? Bonobos' biggest refuge under threat (Part I)
Bonobos have been declining sharply over the past few decades. In response, several non-profit organizations teamed up with governmental agencies in the DRC to create Sankuru Nature Reserve, a massive protected area in the midst of bonobo habitat. However, the reserve is not safe from deforestation, and has lost more than one percent of its forest cover in less than a decade.
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3:18 PM | Fishing for coherent regulations along Fiji's coral reefs
Will Fiji implement a much-needed update to its fisheries laws before the September election? If you want to quiet a room in Fiji or feel like a lobster in a boiling pot, bring up coastal fishing rights, and ask what's happening with the plan to update the country's fisheries laws.
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2:09 PM | Longhorns on the Prairie
One of the great things about prairies – and nature in general – is that there is way more to discover than I’ll ever have time for.  Especially within the world of invertebrates, there is no shortage of species to … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Animals live in 3D, and now scientists do, too
Animals live in a world of three dimensions. There’s the North-South axis, the East-West axis, and a third axis that tells you the elevation, altitude, or depth at which an animal can be found depending on whether the animal is terrestrial, aerial, or marine, respectively. If that seems obvious and not worth pointing out, you’re
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12:00 AM | sixpenceee: Did you know that sperm whales sleep...
sixpenceee: Did you know that sperm whales sleep vertically?  SOURCE

July 15, 2014

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6:18 PM | On track to 'go beyond the critical point': Sri Lanka still losing forests at rapid clip
During the latter half of Sri Lanka's civl war, between 1990 and 2005, Sri Lanka suffered one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, losing about 35 percent of its old growth forest and almost 18 percent of its total forest cover. The conflict ended in 2009, and while deforestation has slowed somewhat, Sri Lanka is still losing forest cover at a fast pace.
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3:30 PM | Why exploding whale stories just won’t die and how we can use them to help save the ocean
Exploding whales are an endless source of amusement, even when they don’t explode. When a cetacean detonation made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, it was clear that we had reached peak exploding whale saturation. Now that we’ve all had a few months to decompress, it’s time to take a step back and look at why […]
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1:00 PM | Still poison: Lead bullets remain a big problem for birds
You may have noticed a rare of show of Congressional compromise recently, when members from both sides of the aisle jumped at the chance to sponsor and vote for the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014. The bill would have done a number of things, but two stood out: it would have exempted lead hunting ammunition and
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12:30 PM | From Billions to None: The Story of the Passenger Pigeon
Ohio, 1854. A dense, black shadow begins to creep across the northern edges of the horizon, slowly but incessantly blotting out a bright cerulean sky. Residents take notice, and pour out of their homes and businesses to stare in wide-eyed awe and trepidation at the phenomena edging towards them.Hours pass, and the sky is hurled into unwavering darkness. Finally, as the day fades, the sun itself succumbs to this nameless power.Men and women fall to their knees in prayer, begging for deliverance […]
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8:00 AM | madamjellyfish666: pleatedjeans: Seal with a data-logger on...
madamjellyfish666: pleatedjeans: Seal with a data-logger on it’s head. [x] "LOOK! LOOK! I’M A NARWAL!" I’ve been laughing for about 20 minutes now
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5:59 AM | Which Sea Shell Are You?
Which Sea Shell Are You?: A fun way to find out if you’re a gastropod, cephalopod, bivalve, or...
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1:34 AM | My Letter to Senator Baldwin and a Message To Anti-Willdife Democrats
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