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November 28, 2014

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3:28 PM | New books party: Books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
Today, I share my first impressions of books about how human use of toxic chemicals is affecting evolution, how modern humans came into being after the human-chimp split, and the ethics of everyday life.Unnatural Selection: How We are Changing Life, Gene by Gene by Emily Monosson [Island Press, 2015; Amazon UK hardcover/kindle UK; Amazon US hardcover/kindle US] Continue reading...
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2:00 PM | Caught sweeping ‘cross the sea
  The salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis is an ectoparasite linked to declines in wild salmonid populations as well as causing huge economic losses in salmon farms. Previous studies, using a variety of molecular markers, yielded conflicting results ranging from strong … Continue reading →
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1:42 PM | Photo of the Week – November 28, 2014
Ambush bugs are scary-looking little predators.  Their stocky bodies are heavily armored up front, and they have very thick raptorial forelegs like those of praying mantises.  I usually only spot ambush bugs when I’m photographing something else such as flowers … Continue reading →
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12:20 PM | Agri-Drinks next week Dec 3rd in London: Join us
A monthly meet-up to bring together all those involved in communications, media and PR focused on food security, nutritional and agricultural issues. Join the facebook group to stay in the loop on upcoming events! Facebook group: http://on.fb.me/1w2upQ3 Filed under: Agriculture Tagged: events
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12:00 PM | Flump – Darwin’s manuscripts, Peer Review, Post-doc opportunity 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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11:26 AM | Friday links: biodiversity apps, blogs vs. Twitter, succession of grossness, and more
Also this week: extinctions to celebrate (?), infographics vs. philosophy of science, Princeton vs. grade inflation, eagle vs. London, hoisted from the comments, and more. Also, two of Meg’s favorite things, combined into one! From Meg: Here’s an example of … Continue reading →
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6:13 AM | Tristan Adventure 5: always have a Plan B, Dave
One of my favourite films, for a variety of reasons, is the Newfoundland production called “Rare Birds”, where Phonse, played by comedian Andy Jones, often quips “Always have a Plan B, Dave. Always have a Plan B”.  In field work, you also often need a Plan C, or D, or E, especially when working in […]
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12:01 AM | I’m on a field course- get me out of here!
So, it’s that time of year again; as the cold, damp, dark, weather sets in we look to warmer climes for escape and entertainment. So; Take 26 people, from all walks of life, throw them together in a tropical paradise to camp with bugs, beasts and cold-water showers for 10 days and watch the dynamics and lessons unfold…. Ok so we’re not exactly celebrities, we didn’t skydive into the savanna, or have Ant and Dec provide a narration to our every move, or eat blended […]

November 27, 2014

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8:02 PM | Happy Thanksgiving from Dynamic Ecology!
Here’s a picture of what I’ll be doing in a couple of hours. More or less: (image from carlisle.org)Filed under: Just for fun
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7:27 PM | Wildlife News from Coldwater Farm
The new Barn Owl nest box and more wildlife news from Coldwater Farm. Continue reading →
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7:03 PM | What Jurassic World Got Wrong About Wildlife So Far....
    In case you have been living under a rock the last few days, the trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World has just been released, you can check it out below.     The Jurassic Park series is close to the heart of a generation of wildlife biologists and paleontologists, but that doesn't mean it is immune from criticism. Hey, if you're going to make a movie about dinosaurs and science, you
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5:10 PM | How words make color
Go check out this great interactive explanation of how words represent colors in English versus in Chinese. Interestingly, the most common color words in Chinese are for red, green, and blue while in English they are blue, green and pink! … Continue reading →
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4:44 PM | Westerners want to save the sage-grouse (and so do I) – Defenders of Wildlife Blog
In the West we still have a chance to conserve sage-grouse, the Sagebrush Sea and all its inhabitants. Continue reading →
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3:53 PM | Pardoning the turkey? Let’s thank farm workers instead
Wouldn’t it be something if the President's annual pardoning of a turkey be replaced with an annual Thanksgiving recognition of workers along the food chain?
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2:00 PM | Geophylogeny plots in R for Dummies
Amid basting my tofurky, here’s a follow-up to my previous post on quick-fix overlays of admixture plots on geographical maps in R. I recently discovered a wonderful R package called “phytools” from Liam Revell, which makes really neat phylogenetic trees (with … Continue reading →
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1:43 PM | Giving thanks and lending support for bountiful harvests and good health
Contributed by Melanie Bateman Today, families in the US gather around the table for Thanksgiving, a national holiday to celebrate the harvest and to give thanks in general for all of life’s bounties. The United States is not unique in this custom; many other countries celebrate harvests and mark particular days as occasions for reflection […]
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1:11 PM | Homage to the squished mosquito
This work comes from a student* in my field biology class. Part of the course includes students keeping a “field journal“, and that assignment allows an opportunity for students to express their thoughts and observations about nature in many different ways, from writing, to art, and poetry.     O squished mosquito, you omnivorous parasite, […]
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11:31 AM | Happy Thanksgiving from evolution!
Filed under: Just for fun
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2:23 AM | Tsunamis 101
Missed the Living with Risk Exhibition at the Science Centre? Curious about Tsunamis? Or do you simply want to find out a bit more about Nature’s Electrifying Phenomenons? Here’s some vital info that may well help you survive a tsunami, should you ever face one! First of all, WHAT is a TSUNAMI? A series of… Continue reading »

November 26, 2014

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9:00 PM | Talking Turkey Parts
The male wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), weighing in at around 20 pounds, is one of the largest birds in North America. By comparison, many domestic turkeys — the kind you’ll likely be feasting on at the Thanksgiving table — weigh twice as much. Female wild turkeys are roughly half the size of the male. The heads of male wild turkeys are featherless and colorful, with odd sounding structures: the snood, caruncles, and wattle. Their head can even change color depending […]
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7:43 PM | Meet Lucy – A Girl on a Mission to Banish Abandoned Batteries
Eight-year-old Lucy is a dedicated Earth Ranger who is always looking for ways to keep our planet healthy.
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5:58 PM | Study: Full-day preschool can set kids up for academic success, better health
Children who have the opportunity to attend full-day preschool programs, versus part-day programs, tend to score higher on school readiness measures such as language, math, socio-emotional development and physical health, according to a recent study. So, why is this finding important to public health? Because education has literally been described as an “elixir” for lifelong health and wellbeing.
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5:09 PM | The brain-in-itself: Kant, Schopenhauer, cybernetics and neuroscience
Artem Kaznatcheev pointed me to this article on Kant, Schopenhauer, and cybernetics (emphasis added): Kant introduced the concept of the thing-in-itself for that which will be left of a thing if we take away everything that we can learn about it … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | The big chief at Molecular Ecology Resources: Interviewing Shawn Narum
What are the most exciting parts of doing science? The first look at results? The sheen of your publication finally in print? That initial foray out into the field? What about the moment you figure out a way to make a … Continue reading →
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1:31 PM | Thank You
Thanksgiving (the holiday) is tomorrow, but I didn’t want to wait to express a quick, but heartfelt, THANK YOU to all of you who read this little blog.  When I started this project about four years ago, I really didn’t … Continue reading →
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12:11 PM | Ten bites of turkey trivia for your holiday meal
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 7:16am, November 26, 2014 After nearly being wiped out in North America, the wild turkey’s numbers have climbed, in part because of programs that have reintroduced the birds to places such as California.Yathin S Krishnappa/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)1. There are two species of turkeys in North America: the wild turkey, Meleagris gallopovo, which […]
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11:38 AM | Have you ever gone up the journal ladder following a rejection?
After getting rejected from a selective journal, it’s common to revise the paper and then resubmit to a less-selective journal. This is often called “going down the ladder”. But what about going up the ladder instead? I’ve never done this … Continue reading →
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9:53 AM | Still Life Results
We have finally decided on the winner of the Still Life photography competition. The theme was ‘Changing Seasons’ and first place goes to the ‘flooded forest’ which is our featured image today. As the entries were anonymous we don’t know who submitted the image so please make yourself known and gather up the plaudits you so richly deserve. Update: Our winner has come forward (see the comments). Congratulations to Aoibheann Gaughran of the TCD zoology […]
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9:33 AM | Update: New Pest & Disease Records (26 Nov 14)
We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include first report of Erwinia carotovora causing bacterial pod rot of cocoa in India, a new combination of viruses causing tobacco bushy top disease in Ethiopia and research into yam virus X, a […]
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8:35 AM | Temasek Snail – A revisit
About two years ago, we launched a guidebook “A Guide to Snails and other Non-marine Molluscs of Singapore” to help enthusiasts find and identify snails and non-marine molluscs that can be found in Singapore, and to increase awareness and interest in the biology, ecology and shell forms of these molluscs. The front cover picture of… Continue reading »
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