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April 02, 2015

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12:08 PM | Student for a day (Part 3): operation dissection
This is the third and final post about going back to the classroom: you can find the first post here and the second one here. We rushed from the lecture hall to the basement of the main teaching complex on campus. I walked down the hall towards the lab, that old familiar smell was in […]
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11:43 AM | Yesterday’s bread against food waste
Contributed by Äss-bar New initiative against food waste launches in the Swiss capital According to a recent report by UNEP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), each year about 1/3 of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost, spoiled or wasted in food production and consumption systems. This means not only an […]
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5:31 AM | Degrading Forests and Extinction Debts
When I ask my introductory biology or ecology students what they think the biggest threat to Earth’s biodiversity is, climate . . .
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3:55 AM | More Singaporeans catching Eclipses and other Celestial events
“Eclipses (Solar and Lunar) are relatively rare events occuring about 4 to 7 times per year throughout the world, albeit visible only in some parts of the world. … There has been an increasing participation in Singaporeans catching eclipses and other celestial events throughout the years. This could be attributed to better awareness and more… Continue reading »
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1:46 AM | Why Asia needs good science writers
By Juliana Chan is the Editor-in-Chief of Asian Scientist Magazine and Nanyang Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and a member of the 2015 intake of World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leaders. This blog post is re-posted from WEF with permission from the author.  It is easy to name a cultural or political… Continue reading »
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1:00 AM | A Networked World (Part 3)
guest post by David Spivak From parts to wholes Remember where we were. Ologs, linguistically-enhanced sketches, just weren’t doing justice to the idea that each step in a recipe is itself a recipe. But the idea seemed ripe for mathematical formulation. Thus, I returned to a question I’d wondered about in the very beginning: how […]
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12:23 AM | Major study shows biodiversity losses can be reversed
Making projections requires assumptions about what we are going to do. Reviews of this research try to be optimistic by emphasizing positive projections. However, if we make the most likely assumption that we will do nothing substantive to stop global warming, deforestation, and human population growth, the red areas will spread. As stated earlier, everyone that cares needs to begin making local efforts to preserve biodiversity. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Don't enforce R as a standard
Yesterday, I received the reviews for a paper of mine. It was rejected with an invitation to resubmit, so far, so good. In this paper, we present a lot of new measures to work on probabilistic networks, and it’s all in the preprint if you really want to read more about that. To do the paper, as in, to produce the figures and do the analysis, I wrote a package in Julia. I’m proud of this package. It’s fast, defensively programmed, well tested, already parallelized if you use […]

April 01, 2015

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11:00 PM | Academics are humans with human emotions and problems
When I wrote my post on crying in science, I never imagined that it would receive such an overwhelming and positive response. It apparently struck a nerve, in a way that I did not anticipate. The response to that post … Continue reading →
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10:54 PM | On reaching beyond the low hanging fruit in science education by Madhusudan Katti
I woke up this spring break morning to a bit of a buzz on twitter that seems relevant to concerns I’ve expressed here in the past, and to my job as a prof at a CSU campus (and no, it wasn’t some April Fool’s prank). Terry McGlynn (fellow ecologist from CSU-Dominguez Hills) has a new […]
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10:53 PM | Oil company uncomfortable with reminder of 35 deaths at Galveston refinery
Marathon Petroleum Company's philosophy of corporate citizenship says one thing about safety and differing viewpoints, but it behaves differently when those topics are presented bearing the names of workplace fatality victims.
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9:07 PM | Jokes Go In The Acknowledgements - or Anywhere on April 1
Much ink has been spilled over the dry and boring nature of scientific writing. This style stems, of course, from the desire to communicate information in the fewest possible words with the greatest possible clarity. I generally agree with this goal and sentiment. At the same time, however, the quality of the writing itself can increase the appreciation of science and make you WANT to read that paper that is sitting there on your desktop. So how best to accomplish this balance between […]
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8:09 PM | ESA Policy News April 1: House, Senate pass FY 2016 budgets, Obama orders federal agencies to cut carbon emissions, NSF releases public access policy
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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8:01 PM | Six solutions for transforming your balcony into a biodiversity sanctuary
Your balcony – a little corner of paradise… Source: livingcircular.veolia.com GR:  If you live in North America, here’s a good source for beekeeping information:  http://www.beeculture.com/directory/find-local-beekeeper/.  Beekeeping associations in other parts of the world are listed here: http://honeyo.com/org-International.shtml.  You can find more … Continue reading →
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7:17 PM | Time to Party! Earth Month is for the Animals Style
It’s April, which means it’s time to celebrate Earth Month. But before you break out the party hats, remember what you are celebrating…the animals!
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5:00 PM | Signals and Snapshots from Semaphore: Musings on Design Guidelines for Urban Fractals
The fractal idea revisited in an attempt to make the concept clearer on a day-to-day, more visceral basis. In my first blog for TNOC I outlined my concept of an ‘urban fractal’ and noted my fascination with the idea that “one might be able to identify patterns in urban systems that could provide a systematic … Continue reading Signals and Snapshots from Semaphore: Musings on Design Guidelines for Urban Fractals →
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4:32 PM | Local action needed to protect nature from global warming
Stronger local management can increase the resilience of nature to the impacts of climate change, writes an international team of researchers in Science. Source: phys.org GR:  Hmm, effective local management, at least in the U. S., has to be by … Continue reading →
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3:14 PM | Factsheet of the month: April 2015 – Trapping banana weevils
According to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania and Uganda, who produce almost half of all bananas in Africa, are only achieving 9% of their expected yield. This year sees the start of a 5-year project to develop high-yielding, pest resistant banana hybrids. Rony Swennen, the project’s leader, says that he hopes this […]
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2:50 PM | Live fast and reproduce young
Here is one for the “simple, elegant science” folder: a new paper in PNAS by Julia Schroeder and colleagues that demonstrates a fitness disadvantage in offspring from older parents. While there a multitude of papers out there showing that gametes have … Continue reading →
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11:56 AM | Not an April Fool’s joke: PI success rates at NSF are not dropping (much) (CORRECTED and UPDATED)
If you’ve saw this post in the first few hours after it went up, there’ve since been some major updates and corrections! ********************************* The title of this post is not a joke (I’ll cop to deliberate provocation…), but it does … Continue reading →
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11:05 AM | Student for a day (Part 2): the lecture hall
This is the second of a three-part series on going back to the classroom: check out the first part here. So far I was enjoying shadowing students for a day: I was excited after my exposure to the research project course, and was fuelled up on coffee as I checked the schedule, wolfed down my […]
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11:00 AM | NSF Graduate Fellowships are a part of the problem
I started this morning with tremendous news: a student of mine, who left my lab for a PhD program last year, let me know that his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship was funded! I had two other former students who put in applications. I downloaded the big list from NSF, and — alas — they did not…
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10:08 AM | Update: New Pest & Disease Records (01 Apr 15)
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 the first report of Alternaria leaf blight disease on oil palm in Thailand, caused by Alternaria longipes, the detection of a virus affecting chilli pepper in Chihuahua, Mexico and the […]

March 31, 2015

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11:39 PM | Meaningful gains or huge setbacks?: Congress weighs two bills aimed at reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act
For years, advocates have been calling on policymakers to reform the nation’s outdated chemical safety laws. Today, two such bills stand before Congress — one that advocates say better protects the public’s health and another that advocates warn is a dangerous step backward.
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11:18 PM | How human activities may be creating coywolves
Wild ThingsAnimals,Conservation by Sarah Zielinski 8:00am, April 1, 2015 Red wolves like this one are more likely to mate with coyotes after a wolf’s mate has been killed, a new study finds.Steve Hillebrand/USFWS/Flickr (CC-BY 2.0)No one knows for sure exactly how far the range of the red wolf (Canis rufus) might have extended. By the time anyone started wondering, their numbers had […]
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8:49 PM | Media Coverage of Our Restoration Work
Our friends at Platte Basin Timelapse (PBT) created a very nice radio piece about our restoration work that aired on NET Radio (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) today.   The link below includes that audio, along with a transcript and short video … Continue reading →
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8:12 PM | Converting A ‘Weedy’ Grass To Quality Forage For Livestock
The ignorance displayed by this range manager is shocking. Continue reading →
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5:29 PM | Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it
Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 – compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research Brazil and Indonesia spent… Source: www.theguardian.com … Continue reading →
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4:49 PM | Other Flowers at Coldwater Farm
Garry Rogers Coldwater Farm Flowers Click here for other photo sets.Filed under: Coldwater Farm, Flowers, Garry Rogers, Photography Tagged: Coldwater Farm, flowers, garry-rogers, Photography
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4:33 PM | Spicier Analyses with Interactive R Leaflet Maps
Who wants to make a kickass, public-friendly, dynamic, online appendix with a map for their papers? ME! (and you, right?) Let’s talk about a cool way to make your data sing to a much broader audience than a static image. … Continue reading →
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