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April 03, 2014

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10:21 AM | Scientific Data conferences & events calendar
The Scientific Data team is traveling heavily over the next two months as we run-up to our formal launch in late May 2014. If you are attending one of these meetings, we would be delighted to meet you and learn about your data. And, don't miss the special events we will be hosting at AACR and EGU this year!
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10:21 AM | Scientific Data conferences & events calendar
The Scientific Data team is traveling heavily over the next two months as we run-up to our formal launch in late May 2014. If you are attending one of these meetings, we would be delighted to meet you and learn about your data. And, don't miss the special events we will be hosting at AACR and EGU this year!
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5:34 AM | USDA: Selling Out Organic to Protect Five Factory Farms
The USDA’s decision doesn’t just violate our moral intuitions and the expectations of organic consumers; it also violates the Department’s legal mandate in at least two distinct ways…. See on www.huffingtonpost.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:32 AM | Swedish Critically Endangered Species, Part VII: Black-tailed Godwit / Rödspov
Black-tailed godwit description Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Charadriiformes Family Scolopacidae Genus Limosa (1) The black-tailed godwit is a rare, large and elegant wading bi… See on havehest.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:25 AM | Study finds pigeons and other animals can place everyday things in categories like humans
Pinecone or pine nut? Friend or foe? Distinguishing between the two requires that we pay special attention to the telltale characteristics of each. And as it turns out, us humans aren’t the only ones up to the task. We know … Continue reading →

April 02, 2014

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11:09 PM | Are you a welfare queen or an entitlement corp? A #GlobalPOV video by Madhusudan Katti
I just discovered The #GlobapPOV Project from Berkeley’s Blum Center through this video which raises (and answers) the above question (via Ikoe Hiroe on Facebook). It presents a brilliantly visualized analysis, by Ananya Roy, of global poverty, welfare, and entitlement schemes, starting with the US and broadening the POV to countries in the Global South […]
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10:43 PM | Here’s the poster for Jeremy’s upcoming talk on blogging
Here’s the advertising poster for my upcoming talk at Virginia Tech on blogging as a mode of scientific communication: Creative and a bit funky–I like it! I said in an old post on cool science graphics that I wanted to … Continue reading →
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10:39 PM | The Economic Case for Taxing Meat
As tax season ramps up, we’re bound to hear proposals aimed at making the revenue system simpler and more efficient. A perennial is the “sin tax.” Rather than tax ea… See on exposingthebiggame.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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8:59 PM | Hubbard Fellowship Blog – Tumbleweed Dystopia!
. This is a guest post by Anne Stine, one of our Hubbard Fellows.  All photos are by Anne: I took a three-day weekend to go camping in Cimarron and Comanche grasslands, where Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado all meet. Historically, … Continue reading →
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7:33 PM | Pandas enjoy the sweet life
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 5:41pm, April 2, 2014 A giant panda’s diet primarily consists of bamboo, which isn’t sweet, so scientists had assumed that pandas lost the ability to taste sweet stuff. But new research shows that the animals can indeed taste sweet sugars.foxtail_1/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Many animals, including humans, have the ability to taste sugar and have […]
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7:28 PM | ESA Policy News, March 28, 2014: NSF funding reviewed, new climate change intiatives, EPA releases draft water rule
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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7:08 PM | Science says we’re doomed.
We’re all doomed, apparently. A NASA-backed science study says so. That’s more credible than stupid ideas about Mayan calendar dates (the world ended on 21 December 2012…didn’t it?) or the teachi… See on mjwrightnz.wordpress.com I like MJ’s comments on this earlier … Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | The Nature of a City Economy: Towards an Ecology of Entrepreneurship
City economies as patterns of connection In a healthy functioning city, various forms of urban capital, including natural, social, cultural — and economic — are enabled to flow smoothly and flexibly, along paths that are productive and enriching to the … Continue reading →
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3:50 PM | Plantwise joins IPPC at CPM9 in Rome for side-event tonight
Delegates from around the world convene at FAO headquarters for CPM9, many of which will attend tonight’s side-event to hear of joint activities and how partners are using resources to work together in Sri Lanka, Uganda and Kenya.Filed under: Agriculture Tagged: CPM9, FAO, IPPC, Kenya, Plantwise, Rome, Sri Lanka, Uganda
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3:41 PM | Plantwise Factsheets App gets the attention of BBC radio
Plantwise and White October met up for an interview on BBC Radio Oxford’s Kat Orman show to talk about how the new Plantwise Factsheets Library app will help get good crop information out to local extension workers, helping them to help farmers.   You can read more about what Plantwise is doing with mobile technologies in our […]
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2:56 PM | Biologist claims controversial stem-cell method might work
A Hong Kong developmental biologist says he has succeeded in reproducing a method of reprogramming cells to an embryonic like state by applying mechanical stress. The surprising new development, which the author describes as a “megatwist”, took place on 1 April, the same day that the Japanese researcher who invented the method was found guilty of scientific misconduct. The new claim, however, has been greeted with scepticism.  Read more
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2:56 PM | Biologist claims controversial stem-cell method might work
A Hong Kong developmental biologist says he has succeeded in reproducing a method of reprogramming cells to an embryonic like state by applying mechanical stress. The surprising new development, which the author describes as a “megatwist”, took place on 1 April, the same day that the Japanese researcher who invented the method was found guilty of scientific misconduct. The new claim, however, has been greeted with scepticism.  Read more
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1:08 PM | “No dust, no silica”: OSHA Silica Hearings Week #2
A high-road employer and lower-wage workers spoke in the second week of public hearings on OSHA’s proposed rule to protect workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica.
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12:00 PM | What kind of faculty job do you want?
Faculty jobs involve teaching, research, and mentoring. Different kinds of universities expect faculty to conduct these activities in different proportions. What is your ideal balance? Consider the figure to find out where you belong. For the uninitiated, SLAC indicates “Small Liberal Arts College.” This figure implies a lot of mechanisms that differentiate institutions, and there […]
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12:00 PM | Readers Write In: Our First Snake ID Challenge of 2014
    One may know that spring has arrived when the Red-winged Blackbirds establish themselves in the cattails of a nearby marsh or when the songs of frogs start echoing through the night as they attempt to attract new partners. Last night was the first time this year I had heard Fowler's Toads and Gray Treefrogs singing in the marsh down the hill.     But, the real way to know that it's starting
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11:40 AM | How, and why, to take a grad student sabbatical (guest post)
Note from Jeremy: This is a guest post by Margaret Kosmala, whom you may recall from her previous guest post talking about citizen science in ecology. We’re hoping that this will be the first in a series of several guest … Continue reading →
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11:07 AM | Attempts to reintroduce an endangered bird species to the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil
Long-term monitoring is key to determining if the reintroduction of captive-bred red-billed curassows is to be a success.  At first glance, the reintroduction of wildlife to its natural habitat appears to be a relatively straightforward process. A sufficient number of individuals of a species is simply released into a suitable area with the expectation that […]

Bernardo C. S. S. & Locke N. (2014). Reintroduction of red-billed curassow Crax blumenbachii to Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve, Brazil, Conservation Evidence, 11 7-7. Other: Link

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10:05 AM | Update: New Pest & Disease Records (02 Apr 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 records of plant parasitic nematodes on cassava cultivated in the Brazilian Amazon, the first record of dragon fruit anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum truncatum in China and a new threat to potato […]
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9:00 AM | Digital lab notebook
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9:00 AM | Digital lab notebook
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8:37 AM | Strong earthquake hits northern Chile
Chile declared three regions to be disaster areas after a powerful earthquake killed at least five in northern Chile.  Read more
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8:37 AM | Strong earthquake hits northern Chile
Chile declared three regions to be disaster areas after a powerful earthquake killed at least five in northern Chile.  Read more
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3:59 AM | Can Africa leapfrog the carbon energy age?
Africa has a chance to divert from the fossil fuels dependency path and pursue clean energy development. See on www.aljazeera.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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3:50 AM | Applaud Government for Conserving Wetlands
Target: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior and Chair of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Goal: Applaud Secretary Jewell and the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for approving millions of dollars to help restore and conserve… See on forcechange.comFiled under: Nature … Continue reading →
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3:46 AM | Welsh fears for environmental conservation under NRW
The body responsible for the Welsh environment has been condemned as a “disaster” for conservation as it marks its first anniversary. See on www.bbc.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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