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July 24, 2014

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1:53 AM | rhamphotheca: First Live Observations of a Rarely Seen Deep Sea...
rhamphotheca: First Live Observations of a Rarely Seen Deep Sea Anglerfish by Dana Lacono (August, 2012) With a bulbous body and spiky scales, a shaggy lure dangling from its head, and foot-like fins that it uses to “walk” along the seafloor, the deep-sea anglerfish Chaunacops coloratus looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. In a recent paper, MBARI researcher Lonny Lundsten and his coauthors describe the first observations of these rare fish in their natural, deep-sea […]
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1:52 AM | griseus: A redeye gaper (Chaunax sp.) venting water at 240...
griseus: A redeye gaper (Chaunax sp.) venting water at 240 meters depth. Seen during the Lophelia II 2008 expedition at the Green Canyon site in the Gulf of Mexico. Gapers are Lophiiformes, in the anglerfish group, with big heads, a network of open sensory canals,and a lateral canal extending posteriorly along a compressed trunk and tail. They are sit-and-wait, ambush predators Video courtesy of Lophelia II 2008: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks.

July 23, 2014

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4:30 PM | Prairie Ecologist Spam
Ok, this is pretty tangential, but I just have to share. One component of this blog that is hidden to everyone but me is the abundance of spam comments that show up in my queue, waiting to be approved or … Continue reading →
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3:26 PM | Deep Sea Fauna... with Googly Eyes, for science!
Deep Sea Fauna... with Googly Eyes, for science!: deepseafauna: Ifremeria nautilei and friends in...
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3:25 PM | mollishka: astron0miia: gabrielalauren: This is a seal with...
mollishka: astron0miia: gabrielalauren: This is a seal with hiccups.   You’re welcome. hahahaha awh Me Omg I know that feeling
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3:22 PM | xysciences: Coral branches retreating to protect...
xysciences: Coral branches retreating to protect themselves. [Click for more interesting science facts and gifs]
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1:59 PM | Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California
It’s no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it’s how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state… Source: robertscribbler.wordpress.com Excellent article.Filed under: Climate … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Using Google Trends to Gauge Climate Change Perception
Climate change is happening. There’s no question about it, despite what some news media outlets would have you believe. To mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change, it is prudent to understand how people learn about climate-related issues in the first place. Corey Lang is a researcher in the Department of Environmental and
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12:00 PM | Readers Write In: What are these Frog-eating, Cottonmouth-looking Snakes?
1) This is the snake (on right) that started my whole concern (a five-footer that was in our yard). I've been told it was a black ratsnake. Is it?... My snake-obsessed little boy spotted a snake (second picture) on our evening walk tonight. We know it's not a copperhead or black rat snake or king snake—do you know what kind it is? It was thin and about 20 inches long. You would have been proud
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9:31 AM | "We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on...
"We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on your plate, you big disgrace Brilliant. 
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12:53 AM | How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet
fussy-pandas-bamboo-diet Continue reading →

July 22, 2014

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6:18 PM | Over-depleted and undermanaged: can Indonesia turn around its fisheries? (Part III)
Compared to maritime ministries worldwide, Indonesia's Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) is a teenaged neophyte. The governing body was formed a mere 13 years ago;a staggering fact for a country made up of two-thirds water where many of the 250 million people depend on fish for both protein and income. Mongabay.org's SRI Fellow Melati Kaye reports on the state of Indonesian fisheries in the third installment of a four-part series.
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4:22 PM | Climate Model Shows Australia’s Rainfall Decline Due To Human-Caused Climate Change
Simulating natural and human-caused climate drivers, scientists showed that the decline in rainfall is primarily a response to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases as well as a thinning of the ozone caused by human-caused aerosol emissions. Continue reading →
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4:13 PM | Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta
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4:00 PM | Education and Experience are Not Mutually Exclusive: Job Market Pet Peeves
While looking at positions that allow me to jump off the sinking ship of academia, I’ve seen plenty of rewarding, fun, and excitingly challenging job announcements out there. Most of them require two to five years of experience in the field, and I’ve looked at those, said ‘yep, I qualify’, and turned in the application. […]
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3:57 PM | Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching
Eleven people, including veterinarians and professional hunters, appeared briefly in the High Court in Pretoria today on various charges relating to rhino poaching, illegal hunting and racketeering.Source: www.citypress.co.za Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Happy Moth Week!
Happy Moth Week! National Moth Week is an annual event that celebrates the diversity and magnificence of moths. By partnering with online biological databases, National Moth Week encourages everyone to become a citizen scientist by helping map moth distributions and provide information about these amazing species. BHL is celebrating moth week by highlighting select species gleaned from one of our favorite BHL books: Butterflies and Moths: Shown to the Children (1910), by Janet Harvey Kelman, […]
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2:43 PM | Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine
Author’s note: this post is part of the “Science of Tatooine” blog carnival. Though obviously about science fiction and not the real world, it includes real ecological theories,  and it uses some real peer-reviewed scientific papers as references. Whenever possible, I’ve linked to accessible copies of those papers and explainers of these ecological terms. Many […]
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2:16 PM | The Brink of Mass Extinction
March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events are. Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Is kosher seafood an accidental eco-label?
Eco-labeling, from Fair Trade to Organic and beyond, has proliferated rapidly in recent years. Seafood is a particularly interesting arena for this type of labeling: many markets now drop different types of fish into categories like “good” or “avoid” based on the supposed sustainability of the fishery. Though there have been questions whether the labels

July 21, 2014

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11:25 PM | Sea Surface Temperatures Push Globe To Hottest June Yet
atmospheric-heating-continues-as-noaa-shows-june-2014-was-hottest-on-record Continue reading →
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6:04 PM | South African park considers rhino evacuation
south-african-park-considers-rhino-evacuation Continue reading →
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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 →
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