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April 07, 2015

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10:35 PM | A call for statistical editors in ecology
A new article in TREE wants to add a specialized reviewer to the peer review process. von Wehrden, Schultner, and Abson suggest that a statistical editor would expedite* the peer review process: “The review process of a manuscript with imperfect … Continue reading →
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9:46 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Advocates work to expand consumer concern from humanely treated food to humanely treated workers; workers with children face struggles in Silicon Valley; Texas lawmakers introduce bill aimed at fertilizer plants; Microsoft to require paid leave policies at its suppliers; and the McDonald's wage hike is too small for too few.
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7:00 PM | Molecular Ecology’s best reviewers 2015
(Flickr: Kathrin & Stefan Marks) As a continuation of our post from last year, Molecular Ecology is publishing a list of our very best referees from the last two years (2013 and 2014). Our hope is that the people listed … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Save the Earth, Divest: Stop Supporting Major Corporations
It is time to divest in the largest chemical, energy, finance, insurance, military corporations (CEFIM). Continue reading →
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3:08 PM | You might like the gypsy life
There is nothing in my head today Nothing awful there to ponder, or confuse me Go ahead in what you have to say And I will listen as I listen to the news I know the whole truth there is … Continue reading →
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10:51 AM | Collecting, storing, analyzing, and publishing lab data
Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how I might change the way my lab collects and handles data and carries out analyses. I think we’re doing an okay job, but I know we could be doing better –I’m just … Continue reading →
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8:02 AM | The Inspirational Role of Ecosystems in Popular Music
Nature, natural phenomena, animals and ecosystems have always inspired human beings and references to it are omnipresent in ancient and contemporary cultures. To take just a narrow example, composers and songwriters have found inspiration in Nature an uncountable number of times. Rivers, mountains, forests, sea and desert are evoked by the lyrics of songsters far from their homeland, or just carried away by the beauty of Nature they are experiencing. In “River” Joni Mitchell wishes […]
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3:20 AM | The Magic Seeds of UCONN EEB
The amazing thing about trees is that they start as seeds. Some small enough for ants to carry. Others that ride in the guts of bats. Others still that float in the wind, tumbling across fields and continents. Similarly, the amazing thing about the best scientists is that they start as students. As I say this, I am not thinking about my own students (though my own students have been wonderful, the highlights of my professional life), I am thinking about the young people with whom I started […]
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1:00 AM | Resource Convertibility (Part 1)
guest post by Tobias Fritz Hi! I am Tobias Fritz, a mathematician at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. I like to work on all sorts of mathematical structures which pop up in probability theory, information theory, and other sorts of applied math. Today I would like to tell you about my […]
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12:34 AM | How to answer an ogre: or lessons you should have learned in 8th grade science
The tree looks like a petrified ogre caught in the act of eating chains. Like an ogre who might guard a bridge and when you try to pass asks you a math problem in a voice that sounds like he’s gargling gravel. If you answer correctly you will hear him say, “You may pass.” Get it … Continue reading How to answer an ogre: or lessons you should have learned in 8th grade science →

April 06, 2015

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11:03 PM | Choose the Cover for Corr Syl the Terrible, New SciFi Novella
Cover contest for Corr Syl the Terrible a new SciFi novella by Garry Rogers. Continue reading →
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10:28 PM | Information and Entropy in Biological Systems (Part 3)
I think you can watch live streaming video of our workshop on Information and Entropy in Biological Systems, which runs Wednesday April 8th to Friday April 10th. Later, videos will be made available in a permanent location. To watch the workshop live, go here. Go down to where it says Investigative Workshop: Information and Entropy […]
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10:20 PM | Not an “accident”: Jeffrey Shannon, 49, suffers fatal work-related injury in Marcus Hook, PA
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on March 30, 2015 in Delaware County, PA.
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4:52 PM | Prevent Road Development from Harming Animals
Roads play a major part in deforestation. Prevent roads and preserve forests. Please sign the petition. Continue reading →
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4:49 PM | Man Lives Alone in a Radioactive Town to Care for the Abandoned Animals
Wildlife surveys found that wild animal numbers increased after the Chernobyl accident. Though individual animals may suffer radiation sickness, they have more resources and less disturbance now that humans are gone. So, another answer to what would Earth be like without us is "increased biodiversity with a large proportion of sick animals." Continue reading →
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4:29 PM | Conservation of species: is there a publishing gap?
This post was prompted by two recent/submitted papers, one of which I’m involved with, and the other of which a colleague published.  They both concern what I consider the fundamental building blocks of ecology and conservation: how many of species … Continue reading →
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2:55 PM | Capturing Sage Grouse with the Help of Rock ‘n’ Roll --Guest Post---
Photo: Wikimedia Commons The Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) has been receiving a lot of attention lately. This goofy chicken-relative inhabits sagebrush country in the United States and Canada and is famed for their mating ritual of congregating on leks (sage grouse breeding grounds) this time of year to puff up their air sacks and show their feathery finery in competition
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2:07 PM | A transcriptomic approach for reduced representation in population genomics
                    Many population genomics studies use methods that provide a reduced representation of the genome, for example RADseq or UCEs. Targeting a subset of the genome reduces the cost of sequencing … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Elite vs. disadvantaged institutions, and NSF Graduate Fellowships: a peek inside the mailbag
I’ll be soon be sharing specific ideas about what can be done about the disadvantages experienced by talented students who attend non-prestigious undergraduate institutions. But first, I thought it would be useful for me to share how this topic has affected my inbox. I barely get any email related to this site. Aside from the site…
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11:40 AM | We need a simple app that would make blog posts more citable (UPDATED)
Back when I was at the Oikos Blog, I discussed emerging standards for citing blog posts.* Of which I heartily approve. The purpose of a citation is to give credit where it’s due, and if credit is due to a … Continue reading →
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10:44 AM | Birdbooker Report 366-7
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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9:50 AM | Shelf Life: How to time travel to a star | @GrrlScientist
It might surprise you to learn that astronomers maintain collections, although these collections are quite different to those maintained by other departments in natural history museums, as we learn in today’s “Museum Monday” videoSince today is “Museum Monday”, I am sharing the next instalment in the Shelf Life video series created by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Today’s video captures the methods developed by a team of scientists and their […]

April 05, 2015

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10:18 PM | Critical fire weather forecast across big swath of Southwest
All of Arizona, New Mexico encompassed in weekend warning from National Weather Service Staff Report FRISCO — In what may signify an early start to the western wildfire season, the National Weather…  Source: summitcountyvoice.com Very early.Filed under: Fire Ecology Tagged: … Continue reading →
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7:31 PM | New ocean energy plan could worsen global warming
GR: Unintended consequences lurk behind many of our ideas and our practices. Reducing our population and learning the equality of other species are the ultimate solutions. Anything less is only temporary. Continue reading →
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4:23 PM | Chinese Urban Green Areas: Classic Gardens to a Globalized Landscape
In October 2014, we had a great opportunity to explore different green areas of several Chinese cities within the project “Sustainable green infrastructure in urban-rural areas of China based on eco-civilization,” which was sponsored by the Chinese Government. It was particularly interesting to see different types of greenery that reflects the development of planning structure … Continue reading Chinese Urban Green Areas: Classic Gardens to a Globalized Landscape →
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3:20 PM | Soil Isn’t Sexy
Soil is the earth's fragile skin that anchors all life on Earth. It is comprised of countless species that create a dynamic and complex ecosystem and is among the most precious resources to humans...Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. Continue reading →
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9:51 AM | A tiny hamsters’ Easter
SUMNMARY: Just in time for Easter; we watch two dwarf hamster sisters share their Easter holiday preparations with us . Credit: Philipp Salzgeber/CC BY 2.5. Campbell’s dwarf hamster, Phodopus campbelli. . I’ve just returned from my Museum Week-inspired visit to Dublin so I am kicking things off on the blog with this holiday-themed video by April Campbell. This video captures what Easter looks like from the point of view of two dwarf hamsters. They are Campbell’s dwarf […]
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3:18 AM | Eggs and other land foods won’t feed polar bears
Wild ThingsAnimals,Ecology,Climate by Sarah Zielinski 9:00am, April 5, 2015 Polar bears aren’t just brown bears with white fur. And a brown bear diet won’t save the polar bears when their sea ice home disappears and they are forced to live on land, a new review concludes.rubyblossom./Flickr (CC-BY-NC 2.0)Polar bears are in for some change. Their Arctic sea ice homes are quickly […]
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1:13 AM | Need a new yoga pose? Try the stretch spider!
The still brown grass crunches under my feet as I walk the salt marshes of the Goodwin Islands at the mouth of York River. I stop when when I see a blade of grass scramble across the other grass blades like a panicked airplane passenger who climbs over other passengers trying to get to the evacuation slide first. … Continue reading Need a new yoga pose? Try the stretch spider! →
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12:45 AM | Making Sacramento a haven for honeybees
Sacramento is the latest city to become an official honeybee haven. More residents are interested in keeping their own hives. But how do you catch this buzz?  Source: www.sacbee.com GR:  Here’s the link to put your honeybee haven on the … Continue reading →
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