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July 16, 2014

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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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12:13 AM | Stop the Grizzly Bear Hunt in British Columbia, Canada
Stop-the-grizzly-bear-hunt-in-british-columbia-canada. Continue reading →

July 14, 2014

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8:36 PM | Living Without Herbicides
The herbicides used to kill weeds have two undisputed dangers: They can poison arthropods and the animals that eat them, and they eliminate plants that are hosts for Monarch Butterflies and many other small creatures. Continue reading →
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6:54 PM | Dwindling Bird Numbers Linked to Pesticides-Dutch Study
Bird declines linked to pesticides. Continue reading →
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4:07 PM | Green under siege: world's biodiversity hotspots 85 percent impacted
The world's 35 biodiversity hotspots—which harbor 75 percent of the planet's endangered land vertebrates—are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots, which include well-known jewels such as Madagascar, the tropical Andes, and Sundaland.
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12:09 PM | Introducing the New Hubbard Fellows!
We have entered the second year of our Hubbard Fellowship program.  Eliza Perry and Anne Stine completed their Fellowships earlier this season, and we brought in two new Fellows, Jasmine and Dillon, on June 2nd.   They have seen and learned … Continue reading →
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9:30 AM | Charm City’s Water Wheel: The first truly feasible ocean cleaning array is already afloat
Ocean plastic is bad news. Last week we were learned that not only did every ocean have its own, personal garbage gyre, but that a huge amount of plastic is “missing” from the ocean–that is, it has been incorporated into the ecosystem in ways we don’t yet understand. While there is plenty of misinformation floating around out […]
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8:00 AM | quinnidae: Illustration of the feeding mechanism of the sea...
quinnidae: Illustration of the feeding mechanism of the sea gooseberry. When relaxed its tentacles expand, acting like a spider’s web to capture prey. Instead of stinging cells, these tentacles are lined with special adhesive cells to prevent prey from escaping.  They had these little guys at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a while, and I was absolutely fascinated by how much their tentacles can stretch. Really cool!
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5:22 AM | The environmental cost of collecting seashells | Conservation
The environmental cost of collecting seashells | Conservation: It’s a normal part of every summer...

July 13, 2014

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10:13 PM | Frequently asked questions about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered shark for fun
On Friday afternoon, Slate published an article I wrote about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered hammerhead shark. Since that time, there has been an active discussion about the article and the surrounding issues on twitter (follow me here) and Facebook (like my page here). Some of the same questions keep coming up, so I decided […]
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7:42 PM | Northern & Central California Kayak Visit
I recently received an email from a researcher, who studies climate impacts on birds in Sweden, asking for trip recommendations for an upcoming 10-day visit to California. As a biologist and kayaker, he said he was looking for “places where I could go for a … Continue reading →
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4:04 AM | Project Coyote!
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3:40 AM | “Endangered”—You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
This past week was supposed to be a happy week for Rosie O’Donnell. She was ecstatic to announce that she’s re-hooked her old job on The View, and will be joining its cast next year. But instead, Rosie is being scrutinized for a different catch—one made two years ago. In early 2012, photos began circulating […]The post “Endangered”—You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. appeared first on Science Sushi.
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12:26 AM | Why Mountain Biking is Inappropriate in Wilderness
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July 12, 2014

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6:56 PM | BLM, Cattle, Wild Horses, and Biodiversity on Western U. S. Ranges
Are we sacrificing vegetation, soil, and biodiversity in the western U. S. to protect domestic cows? Continue reading →

July 11, 2014

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7:02 PM | Fukushima: Our Greatest Nuclear Radiation Accident (Isn’t Over)
After 3 years, material continues to leak from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Some of the material will remain radioactive for millions of years. Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Denial in Miami and Other Threatened Arreas
The Guardian has an article on sea level rise with a focus on the reality-defying real estate boom in Miami and coastal Florida. It is striking but not surprising. Because of decisions made in a stable climate, the presence of denial in threatened areas is economically rational. [more]
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12:00 PM | Counting Polar Bears From Space
The icy (and increasingly ice-free) Arctic is a forbidding place. It’s isolated, it’s remote. The weather is tumultuous. If the polar bears don’t get you, the cold will. That makes it tough to conduct surveys of wildlife populations. Walruses and ribbons seals are so hard to monitor that they’re classified by the IUCN as “data
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4:17 AM | Cancer Linked To Oil Sands’ Toxins In Wild Food
The study reveals that wildlife killed for food contained elevated levels of heavy metals and carcinogens, and that nearly a quarter of the Aboriginal participants -- 23 out of 94 -- had cancer, among other ailments. Continue reading →
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2:34 AM | Photography with Kodak Ektar
It is becoming a challenge to keep up the film photography, so last month aI made a concerted effort to get through one roll at least.  This was also my first chance to shoot with the Kodak Ektar 100 film.  This is reputed to scan well and ...
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1:08 AM | Raju the elephant slave meets his new family
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