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October 22, 2014

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9:48 PM | ESA Policy News October 22: White House focuses on climate resiliency, NSF accepting Ebola research proposals, enviros sue to protect Wolverine
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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6:29 PM | Statewide Pesticide Use–California Draft Environmental Impact Report
Throughout the report, the Department fails to consider recommending changing crops and practices to avoid pest impacts. Of course, we might have passed the point where we can feed our growing population without pesticides. In this case, we can look forward to a time of forced population decline. Continue reading →
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3:53 PM | Readers Write In: Mystery Snake #1 is eating Mystery Snake #2!
Here are some recent snake identification requests I've received. Please see below for our snake ID post ground rules! Good morning,We found the snake shown on the attached picture in front of our house.Roberto L.Cooper City, Florida Good morning David, Here are some shots of 2 snakes, one dying, one very much alive. (no human intervention involved). I think I know what the live one
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12:00 PM | Conference report: SACNAS
Here is a detailed report on my brief experience with the SACNAS meeting, aggregated as an unordered set of observations and thoughts. Just a short while ago, I was wondering whether my students are better served attending a disciplinary meeting, or a minority-focused conference. I was given the opportunity by SACNAS to see for myself.…
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11:43 AM | Elliot Sober on the present and future of philosophy of biology
Back in Sept. I was fortunate to be able to attend a philosophy of science “summit” at the University of Calgary, with talks by a bunch of the world’s top philosophers of science. I thought I’d share my notes from … Continue reading →
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10:47 AM | Update: Plant Health News (22 Oct 14)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a study on the use of predator beetles as biocontrol for the destructive coffee berry borer, a look at the role of Ethiopia’s seedbanks in food security and turning barren land into banana orchards in Bangladesh. Click on the link to read […]
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8:08 AM | Are you Shutting Up and Writing?
Inspired by the awesome blog, the Thesis Whisperer and under the constant reminder that we must publish or perish, post docs from the School of Natural Sciences have been meeting on a weekly basis, on and off for the past year to sit down, shut up and write. Here is a bit of background on the Shut Up and Write ‘movement’, a little bit of what we’ve learned along the way and a big invite to any post grads, post docs and PIs in TCD’s School of Natural Sciences to come […]
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4:52 AM | Snails don’t jump in acidic oceans
Originally posted on Torch:[©CSIRO Publishing. This article first appeared in The Helix Issue 155, a science magazine for children produced by CSIRO.] Gibberulus gibberulus gibbosus (Gastropoda: Strombidae). Also known as jumping snails. YES, these snails have colorful eyes. [photo: Sue-Ann Watson] ? A sea snail, grazing on algae among the corals, smells a predatory…
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2:47 AM | And the winner is…
I have just returned from the New England Estuarine Research Society meeting in Groton, Connecticut (don’t be jealous). One of my students, Bethany Williams, gave a talk on the coffee-bean snail, Melampus bidentatus, and the effect of sea-level rise. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but as the salt hay in the Great Marsh is lost […]

October 21, 2014

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9:47 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Article series investigates lead poisoning at the nation's gun ranges; autopsy shows coal miner was wrongly denied black lung benefits; health care workers take part in mass protective gear training; and a Wells Fargo employee sends a big email about income inequality.
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9:00 PM | Getting a Motivation Makeover
Last week, doing anything was a struggle.  Literally all I wanted to do was watch cartoons, eat burritos, and perform the bare minimum tasks I could get away with doing (Editor’s note: This is me. Always).  Admitting these sorts of things is what makes the idea of an anonymous blog very appealing on occasion.  It’s not because I have a super exciting secret life or anything (spoiler alert: I find my own life very exciting on the whole), but because I think a lot of […]
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8:02 PM | A Tale of Two Hemlocks
I have never poisoned anyone. I recently learned that if I were to try, I would be very bad at it. The hemlock I thought was poisonous turns out to just have an unfortunate common name. And rather than brewing up a batch of tainted tonic, I would apparently make my intended victim an aromatic cup of tea loaded in Vitamin C. While hiking around the Appalachians this past weekend, I spied tons of hemlock trees. “What a great post for October and Halloween… Hemlock!” I thought […]
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3:28 PM | Karen’s Wetland Videos
One of my favorite places within our Platte River Prairies is a restored wetland we usually call “the sandpit wetland” because it is a former sand and gravel mining pit.  We restored the site over about 10 years, a little … Continue reading →
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3:17 PM | Network Theory Seminar (Part 3)
  This time we use the principle of minimum power to determine what a circuit made of resistors actually does. Its ‘behavior’ is described by a functor sending circuits to linear relations between the potentials and currents at the input and output terminals. We call this the ‘black box’ functor, since it takes a circuit: […]
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2:40 PM | Taxonomy vs research theme based conferences: which do you attend?
These two weeks are allowing me to contrast two very different kinds of meetings. As a member of the Linnean Centre of Plant Biology in Uppsala, I attended our yearly meeting last week*. The centre aims to bring together the plant biologists working in Uppsala and I was lucky that it started up in the…
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8:56 AM | 1-on-1 with a Cardboard Extraordinaire!
Here’s snippets of my exclusive with cardboard sculptor – Bart Ting whom I met at Science Centre Singapore straight after his media interview only last Wed! Me: “Your installations all look massively impressive. Have you produced any miniatures?” Bart: “Yea! I designed a 23-cm F1 car, made from 2 pieces of A4 cardboard. It was… Continue reading »
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8:52 AM | Next week: Join us for Agricultural Communications drinks in London
Now launching a monthly series of meet-ups in London to bring together cross-sectoral communications professionals interested in issues related to agriculture, food security and nutrition. All those working for non-profits, government institutions, private corporations, start-ups, and academia are welcome. Read news from the recent Global Hunger Index launch and find out more details about this […]
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2:31 AM | Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.
Have fun eating air. Source: grist.org GR:  The title is just a bit misleading.  Unlike most animals, plants can lose parts with minimal harm.  I doubt if a Bermuda grass clone is too concerned when my friend Moe eats a … Continue reading →

October 20, 2014

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10:49 PM | Worth reading: Ebola, family planning and “the conversation that matters most”
Recent pieces address healthcare workers' safety and the research behind controlling Ebola's spread; end-of-life planning; contraception; and more.
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10:00 PM | Network Theory (Part 32)
Okay, today we will look at the ‘black box functor’ for circuits made of resistors. Very roughly, this takes a circuit made of resistors with some inputs and outputs: and puts a ‘black box’ around it: forgetting the internal details of the circuit and remembering only how the it behaves as viewed from outside. As […]
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7:44 PM | Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities
The TNOC Roundtable for October 2014 focused on green corridors in cities to support nature, and the ‘natural’ ecology that resides in the city.  I am focused on the ecology of the city.  The aim of ecologists and scientists to strengthen … Continue reading →
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5:33 PM | Camouflaged fish found hiding in plain sight
Wild ThingsAnimals BY Sarah Zielinski 1:36pm, October 20, 2014 The rock goby can change its skin coloring within a minute to blend in with its environment, a new study finds.Bas Kers (NL)/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Last year, I spent a week fossil hunting on the southwest coast of England. In between sifting […]
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4:37 PM | The role of ecology in natural resource management decision-making
Science has an important role to play in helping to inf […]
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4:06 PM | Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird
The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater could be at risk of extinction if plans to develop an industrial estate in New South Wales in Australia goes ahead, experts have found.The bird is endemic to South Eastern Australia and this site contains … Continue reading →
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3:54 PM | Belly Button Portraits – An Opportunity to Create Art through Science!
We’d like to think that over the course of the last few years, our Belly Button Biodiversity project has inspired quite a few things. We’re confident it inspired participants and the millions around the world who heard about the project to think differently, perhaps appreciatively, about their skin microbes, even those inhabiting this funny little spot on your abdomen. We’re thrilled it inspired educators from middle school to college to bring Belly Button Biodiversity into […]
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2:27 PM | Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal – The Korea Herald
Around 25,000 participants and observers from 164 countries agreed to ask the UN to emphasize biodiversity as an essential component of sustainable development. Continue reading →
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1:18 PM | What math should ecologists teach
Recently Jeremy made the point that we can’t expect ecology grad students to learn everything useful under the sun and asked in a poll what people would prioritize and toss. More math skills was a common answer of what should … Continue reading →
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1:16 PM | Thoughts on preprints and citations
A couple of months ago Micah J. Marty and I had a twitter conversation and subsequent email exchange about how citations worked with preprints. I asked Micah if I could share our email discussion since I thought it would be useful to others and he kindly said yes. What follows are Michah’s questions followed by […]
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12:23 PM | How to answer to reviewers
This is another of the aspects of doing science that nobody explicitly teach you. The basics are pretty simple to explain (just respond to everything and point by point). You start by mimicking what your mentor does, how other co-authors respond, and how … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Having “The Talk” with students
Recently, I posted on my regular blog about two separate incidents at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. One was a male allies panel gone horribly awry, and the other (which was all over the news outlets the next day) was a statement from Microsoft’s CEO about how women should trust the system…
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