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February 14, 2015

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11:03 PM | Increased farming intensity prompts nutrient spillover
GR: There is probably an increase in pesticide runoff as well. Continue reading →
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10:31 PM | Stable Sun Not Responsible for Global Warming
New analysis of solar observations dating back to 1610 indicate that the sun is no more active now than in most other times, debunking claims that it is responsible for global warming. Continue reading →
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10:28 PM | Yet Another Empty Forest: Considering the Conservation Value of a Tropical Nature Reserve
It isn't enough to set aside an area for wildlife. The area must also be actively protected from hunters, collectors, and tourists. Continue reading →
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8:04 PM | Caught
Been reading history lately, a long lingering interest. Specifically, the history of the encounters of Europeans, and then Americans following 1783, with the various native tribes of North America, a vast, complex, and highly interesting (and important) topic. I’ve dipped … Continue reading →
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5:15 PM | Global Warming, Snow Cover, and Weather Extremes
Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:Above, I chatted with Jennifer Francis of Rutgers back in the spring of 2013, and the topic turned briefly to  snowcover in a warming world, and some interesting paradoxes. To kick…
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2:21 PM | Top Ten Animals in Love
Lovebirds? Not quite, but love is definitely in the air!
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11:10 AM | Happy Valentine’s Day from biology!
Images from here, here, here, here, and here.Filed under: Just for fun
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7:35 AM | Earth-Like Planets Near Red Dwarf Stars
  Can red dwarf stars have Earth-like planets with life? This is an important question, at least in the long run, because 80% of the stars in the Milky Way are red dwarfs, even though none are visible to the naked eye. 20 of the 30 nearest stars are red dwarfs! It would be nice […]
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12:13 AM | iSpot: Crowdsourcing is effective for gathering biodiversity data – Science Codex
“Launched in 2009, iSpot is a citizen science platform aimed at helping anyone, anywhere identify anything in nature.  To date, around 42,000 people have registered as iSpot users and over 390,000 observations have been made, leading to the identification of … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Study: HPV vaccine does not lead to higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first vaccine to protect against cancers caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, in 2006, public health advocates cheered its life-saving potential. Unfortunately, the new vaccine quickly became embroiled in a debate over whether immunizing young girls against HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, would lead to risky sexual behavior.

February 13, 2015

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4:28 PM | NASA: A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades
The Southwest and central Plains will experience a dry weather shift 35 years from now, a NASA, Cornell and Columbia study said Continue reading →
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4:23 PM | Surprisingly, a Voluntary Climate Treaty Could Actually Work
The binding nature of international agreements like the 1997 Kyoto Protocol can do more harm than good by dissuading countries from joining. Continue reading →
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4:08 PM | Rising Seas – Interactive: If All The Ice Melted
If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we’ll very likely create an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58. Continue reading →
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3:46 PM | Fertile hermit crabs turn shy
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 11:00am, February 13, 2015 Hermit crabs are known for hiding in their shell homes when startled by a nearby predator (or curious scientist). The ones that are more reluctant to re-emerge may be protecting their sperm, a new study finds.Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA 4.0)If you happen to come across a hermit crab, pick it up and watch what […]
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3:30 PM | Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder
Many animals use visual signals to scope out potential mates. In a new paper in Molecular Ecology, Sandkam et al. (2015) demonstrate that the variation underlying preference in female guppies could be explained by simple changes in expression and coding of … Continue reading →
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2:36 PM | Dix façons cool que les animaux peuvent voir dans le noir
Beaucoup d'animaux ont une vision nocturne étonnante grâce à des adaptations.
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1:00 PM | Recommended reads #46
What happens when you get paid 18 grand from NASA to stay in bed for two and a half months? Ever wonder what it’s like to remove your own appendix? How should we be selecting our grad students? This study indicates that we shouldn’t be looking at stuff like general GRE scores, GPA, and the fanciness…
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12:50 PM | FLUMP – Darwin Day, Machine Learning, Model Complexity, and more
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .
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11:02 AM | Friday links: lego entomology, a blast from ecology’s past, France is bacon, and more
Also this week: text mining Rate My Professor, reproducibility is overrated, camera traps vs. Harvard students, overly honest R package help files, and more! From Meg: Entomologists are using legos to help work with collections of pinned insects. The pictures … Continue reading →
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8:40 AM | Trip to the tropics: rising water in the Rift Valley lakes
We drive out of the compound just after dawn; a convoy of four vans full of final year science students and staff. We heard lions calling beyond the fence last night, and we haven’t gone 500 meters before we see them: two males strolling off to the left. Within hours, we will have seen herds of buffalo, jackal, giraffe, vervet monkey, baboon and, most impressively, both black and white rhino, among many other birds, reptiles and mammals. The tourist in me is delighted to see so much so […]
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4:22 AM | Which is the more Emotional Gender?
Tabitha Gan underwent an internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in December 2014. She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. If you’re like most people, you probably looked at the title of the post and immediately thought the answer was obvious…women, duh! Well, you may be in for a surprise.… Continue reading »
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12:22 AM | March 1979 Washington Post: “Some Hair Dryers Give Off Asbestos”
Learning about a hairdresser with asbestos-related cancer made me curious about my circa 1980 hair dryer.
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12:15 AM | Here’s the latest climate science “scandal”
Skeptics think they’ve debunked global warming. Once again, they’re wrong. Source: www.motherjones.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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12:15 AM | EU and GBIF to collaborate on improving biodiversity information for … – EurekAlert (press release)
The European Union and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility have launched a four-year €3.9 million project aimed at increasing the amount of biodiversity information available for developing countries. (Photo by Martin Heigan). Source: www.eurekalert.org GR:  It would be good to … Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | EU and GBIF to collaborate on improving biodiversity information for developing countries
The European Union and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility have launched a four-year €3.9 million project aimed at increasing the amount of biodiversity information available for developing countries. (Photo by Martin Heigan). Source: www.eurekalert.org GR:  It would be good to … Continue reading →
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12:08 AM | Urban Nature: How to Foster Biodiversity in World’s Cities
by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360. As the world becomes more urbanized, researchers and city managers from Baltimore to Britain are recognizing the importance of providing urban habitat that can support biodiversity. It just may be the start of an … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Save Gentle and Vulnerable Marine Mammal from Extinction
A critically endangered marine mammal is threatened with extinction by plans to build a new U.S. military airstrip. Urge the military to reconsider this misguided project and save these gentle animals from disappearing. Continue reading →
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12:06 AM | Almost the end for Kenya’s northern white rhino
This is what extinction looks like. Continue reading →

February 12, 2015

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10:51 PM | Photo of the Week – February 12, 2015
Last week, Jasmine (one of our two Hubbard Fellows) and I spent a morning at the Derr Wetland Restoration here in the Platte River Prairies.  We wanted to get some photos and video of the site before the latest snow … Continue reading →
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7:29 PM | Gatlinburg conference to examine biodiversity issues – The Mountain Press
Gatlinburg conference to examine biodiversity issues The Mountain Press Discover Life in America, the nonprofit organization that studies biodiversity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will host its 18th Annual All Taxa Biodiversity… Source: www.themountainpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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