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November 10, 2014

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9:22 PM | Even more sincere answers to stupid questions
For better or worse, I am able to see some of the search terms that are bring people to this site. Some are tragic, some are misdirected, and many people attempt to use google as an oracle. As I’ve done a couple times before, her are some sincere answers to some stupid questions entered into google over…
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5:04 PM | Different genetic paths lead to the same phenotypic destination
Male field crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus) on the Hawaiian archipelago sing to attract mates using acoustic structures on their wings. While singing makes the ladies swoon, it also gives away the male cricket’s location, making it vulnerable to fatal attacks by … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Behavior is as much about environment as it is about cognition
Over at TalkingBrains, Greg Hickok points to a review on embodied cognition that has several neat examples of how distinct behavior arises just by placing an agent in the correct environment: Robots with two sensors situated at 45 degree angles on … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Your Next Mission: Homemade Holiday
Help protect the boreal forest while getting your craft on!
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1:58 PM | Homemade Holiday Card Ideas
Need some inspiration for your Homemade Holiday cards? Check out these ideas.
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1:50 PM | Make Your Own Paper
Follow these instructions to learn how you can make your own recycled paper.
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1:31 PM | A Study in Scarlet
No doubt you’ve been wowed this autumn by the crimson colors of the red maple (Acer rubrum)! This tree, native to eastern North America, has grown even more numerous in the past 100 years. When the Chestnut Blight and Dutch Elm Disease swept through eastern deciduous forests, it opened up space for the hardy red maple to move in. Add in the tree’s popularity in landscaping (and its tolerance to a wide range of environmental conditions: sunny or shady, high or low nutrients, dry or […]
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1:30 PM | Ninety Companies Produced Two-Thirds of Global Warming Emissions
Oil, coal and gas companies are contributing to most carbon emissions, causing climate change and some are also funding denial campaigns. Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Thank Ron Nirenberg for Conservation of Free-Tailed Bat Colony
The Mexican free-tailed bat is a precious treasure to Crescent Hills and it is vital that we continue to work to conserve this species. Thank you for your valuable efforts to secure the land and protect these bats. Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | More International Pressure On Wildlife Crime
What the public does not know is that crime is affecting many species, driving some to the brink of extinction and is depleting a wide range of economically important natural resources. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Developers Attempt to Strip Tasmanian Forest Protection
Since 1985 more than half Australia's Great Barrier Reef’s coral has been lost, with remaining coral cover predicted to be lost with two degrees of warming through climate change. Continue reading →
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11:33 AM | Postdoc leave policies (guest post)
Note from Jeremy: This is a guest post by Margaret Kosmala, a postdoc in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Note from Margaret: This is the first post in a mini-series examining the enormous variation in U.S. postdoc leave benefits. … Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | Science and technology at the heart of agricultural development
Reposted from devcooperation.org in celebration of World Science Day By Dr Dyno (J.D.H.) Keatinge, AIRCA Chair and Director General of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, and Dr Trevor Nicholls, AIRCA Steering Committee Member and CEO of CABI Science may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of development but […]
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11:00 AM | Tales from the job search II - The Crossing of the Desert
Last time, I told the story of my application to French academic jobs, the really weird process of applying and interviewing, and (ultimately) the rejection. After taking a few months to think about it, I decided to apply to more “standard” positions. My main motivation was (still is) that I wanted more teaching, and more interactions with students, than the French system usually offers. There were a few jobs openings at this time, and I went through the process of putting together […]
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12:55 AM | Africa: Bringing More International Pressure to Bear On Wildlife Crime
[IPS]Quito -A surge in wildlife crime is fuelling criminal syndicates, perpetuating terrorism, and resulting in the loss of major revenues from tourism and industries dependent on iconic species while also endangering the livelihoods of the rural… Source: allafrica.com GR:  Does … Continue reading →
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12:53 AM | Praise Conservation of Free-Tailed Bat Colony
The Mexican free-tailed bat is a precious treasure to Crescent Hills and it is vital that we continue to work to conserve this species. Thank you for your valuable efforts to secure the land and protect these bats. Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | ‘By live voice’ – how to plan for and get through your viva
“Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.” Daniel Burnham The viva or thesis defence is a daunting obstacle. It’s built up so much that you feel as if your previous three years of work hinge on how you perform for one morning/afternoon. Despite all the reassurances I was offered I was hugely nervous before it. That […]

November 09, 2014

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11:34 PM | Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions
Oil, coal and gas companies are contributing to most carbon emissions, causing climate change and some are also funding denial campaigns. Continue reading →
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11:11 PM | Developer Coalition Attempts to Strip Tasmanian Forest Protection
Since 1985 more than half Australia's Great Barrier Reef’s coral has been lost, with remaining coral cover predicted to be lost with two degrees of warming through climate change. Continue reading →
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7:57 PM | Weekly facts and quotes, 11/3 – 11/9
Monday For memory is so necessary that Plato was right to call it a great and mighty goddess – in my part of the world they actually say a man ‘has no memory’ to mean that he is stupid. When … Continue reading →
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6:17 PM | New Campaign Aims to Make the Fur Industry a Thing of the Past
Emy Will:MAKE FUR HISTORY Originally posted on Life or Lunch?: Forced to live and die in the most unbearable conditions imaginable, today’s large scale fur industry results in the confinement and slaughter of millions of animals every year. Source: emynow.wordpress.comFiled under: Animal … Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | The Emerald Necklace: Metropolitan Greenspace Planning in Los Angeles and Beyond
Introduction Mike Houck Urban Greenspaces Institute In winter 2009, Houston Wilderness hosted an inaugural meeting of what would become the Metropolitan Greenspace Alliance.  Today the Alliance is a national coalition of coalitions working in ecologically, culturally, and economically diverse communities … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | World governments failing Earth’s ecosystems, says top conservationist
Governments are lagging behind on international commitments to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, with politicians failing to grasp that economic growth depends upon environmental protection, the head of the world’s leading conservation organisation has warned. Continue reading →

November 08, 2014

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6:55 PM | Unrelated to all that, 11/8 edition
The Beauty of the Network in the Brain and the Origin of the Mind in the Control of Behavior Behavior is not adequately described as a stimulus-response process. It is initiated by the animal and is generated because of its … Continue reading →
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3:38 PM | Top Ten Weirdest Looking National Birds
Did you know that countries have national birds? Here's our countdown of some of the weirdest looking national birds from all around the world.
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10:04 AM | Beauty pageants for chickens | video | @GrrlScientist
Indonesia is home to a tiny breed of chickens that are kept and bred purely for ornamental reasons. So of course, that means their human caregivers must hold a beauty pageant where these diminutive birds can strut their stuff.Todays caturday video captures the relationship between people and birds. But, as is true for all birds, these birds are special. The birds in this video are a tiny breed of bantam chickens, ayam serama, which originated in the Malaysian state of Kelantan roughly 50 years […]

November 07, 2014

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10:53 PM | San Francisco women firefighters take part in first study on firefighting exposures and breast cancer
In the span of just a couple years, five of Heather Buren’s colleagues at the San Francisco Fire Department were diagnosed with breast cancer. At first, Buren thought the diagnoses were part of the unfortunate toll that comes with age. Still, something felt amiss — “it just felt so disproportionate to me,” she said.
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2:44 PM | New books party: Books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
This week, I share my initial impressions of three wonderful hot-off-the-presses science books that just arrived in the mail; two books are about genetics and one is a diary by a citizen scientistThis week, several new books arrived that have made me so excited that I could barely tear myself away from reading them long enough to share my impressions with you. All of the books that I share with you today should be on everyones holiday gifts lists and on your reading lists! Continue reading...
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2:11 PM | Tristan Adventure 4: an island without birdsong
I’ve spent a good chunk of the last 10 years working on seabird islands.  During the breeding season, birds look for the safest spot to raise their young, and this often means they find themselves on coastal cliffs, offshore islands, and remote parts of the world.  This natural order of things is thrown on its […]
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2:00 PM | Happy as a clam, despite genetic uniformity
  Introduced populations of non-native species are often associated with low genetic diversity, as measured by neutral genetic loci, and, thus, considered a paradox (but see Roman and Darling 2007). The study by Lise-Marie Pigneur and colleagues documents an extreme example … Continue reading →
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