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March 10, 2015

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10:06 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
OSHA releases new report on injury, inequality and workers' compensation; fast food sues to stop Seattle minimum wage increase; California lawmaker proposes fund for farmworker health; and federal employees can sue for late payments during the government shutdown.
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9:44 PM | Keep fossil fuels in the ground to stop climate change | George Monbiot
Scientific assessments of the carbon contained in existing fossil fuel reserves suggest that full exploitation of these reserves is incompatible with the agreed target of no more than 2C of global warming. The unrestricted extraction of these reserves undermines attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading →
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5:38 PM | Meant to be sung
We sailed up a river, wide as the sea We slept on the bank, on leaves of a banyan tree And all of these spirit voices rule the night Some stories are magical, meant to be sung Songs from the … Continue reading →
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4:51 PM | Every Little Bit Helps
I’m getting excited about this upcoming field season.  For the first time in several years, we’re going to be attempting to harvest seed from as many prairie plant species as we can.  Between about 1997 and 2005, we spent much of … Continue reading →
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1:08 PM | Citizen science is making scientists of everyone | @GrrlScientist
Citizen science is getting a lot of attention these days, which might make you think it is a new social phenomenon. But in fact, nothing is further from the truth: citizen science has been around much longer than any of us.Citizen science is getting a lot of attention these days, which might make you think it is a new social phenomenon. But in fact, nothing could be further from the truth: citizen science has been around much longer than any one of us. It was going strong long before Benjamin […]
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12:29 PM | Why we eat when we study – The Brain and Self-Control
Tabitha Gan underwent an internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in December 2014. She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. Snack companies spend millions of dollars trying to find that perfect blend of spices, chemicals and textures to hook us in- and they’ve succeeded to some extent. We know that… Continue reading »
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12:00 PM | Efficient teaching: improving student writing ability
Last week’s post was about university writing requirements that fall ludicrously short of their goal, like how this ferret falls short of his goal: Let’s assume two facts: We should expect good writing of our students. Good writing comes from lots of experience with writing. Which results in the following inference: It is incumbent on…
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11:27 AM | Blogs are dying; long live (science) blogs (UPDATEDx2)
In my recent talk on science blogging, I began with a deliberately-provocative question: are blogs dying? The answer is “yes”. There are various lines of evidence for this, some more anecdotal than others: Relative to all search traffic, Google searches … Continue reading →
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12:10 AM | Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires?
Parks have been significant sources of open space in urban history, ranging from private, even sacred spaces to fully public spaces serving as central points of social interaction and recreation (Stanley et al. 2012). On any given day, many thousands of people spend several hours outdoors in their local park simply living their lives. In … Continue reading Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires? →

March 09, 2015

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9:20 PM | How will everything change under climate change?
Unless you are a climate-change skeptic (and I hope there aren't any left), you should read this. We are running out of time to prevent the worst effects of global warming. Some experts believe that we have only two more years to make the necessary changes. After that, nature will force us to change. Continue reading →
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7:19 PM | Protect Native Plants and the Wildlife They Support
Ignoring the effects of a development would make it cheaper to destroy native habitats. Of course, developers want that. I doubt the savings would amount to much for individuals that use the developments, but the cost in natural vegetation and wildlife will be a lasting expense that we will all feel. Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | Earth Ranger Alexa is Helping the Planet by Recycling Batteries
Meet Alexa, a seven-year-old with a serious commitment to keeping our planet healthy for all living things.
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5:28 PM | Birdbooker Report 363
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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4:53 PM | Wellcome Trust 2015 Book Prize shortlist announced | @GrrlScientist
The Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for their book prize. The shortlist, which celebrates the finest recent writing in health and medicine, includes two novels and four non-fiction books.Here’s a treat for the book lovers in the crowd: the Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for their book prize. The shortlist, which celebrates the finest recently published books in health, medicine and medical science, includes two novels and four non-fiction books. The prize aims to […]
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3:44 PM | Worth reading: Older Americans, unplanned births, and workers’ fights
Recent pieces address the 50-year-old Older Americans Act, Ebola's lasting impact on maternal health, day laborers' fights for fair treatment, and more.
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12:49 PM | Speciation by selection (and drift) in the sea
Marine systems challenge the view that speciation is the result of geographic isolation. Many marine taxa have large effective population sizes, which slows lineage sorting, larval dispersal phases that may extend for days, weeks, and sometimes months, potentially connecting far flung populations, … Continue reading →
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11:21 AM | Is it worse to admit a paper was rejected than to not acknowledge helpful anonymous reviews?
Thanks to being on research leave this semester, I am currently working on several manuscripts. Most of these are manuscripts that we are preparing to submit for the first time, but one is a manuscript that was previously reviewed and … Continue reading →
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10:56 AM | Inside Oxford's Museum of Natural History | @GrrlScientist
Today’s “Museum Monday” video tags along with several employees at the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History, and provides us with a glimpse of the many, varied, roles of a Natural History Museum within its local and scientific communities.Dinosaurs are really amazing, but natural history museums contain -- and do -- far more than show off the wonders of these animals. Today’s “Museum Monday” video tags along with several employees at the […]
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8:39 AM | Radio skills for scientists
The Irish Academy of Public Relations recently hosted a free event, “Radio Skills – A Special Evening for the Science Community” at the FOCAS Research Institute in DIT. The points raised and ensuing discussions provided interesting insights into relationships between scientists and journalists. Ellen Gunning, director of the Academy, chaired the evening. From her experience of teaching public relations and interview skills, she described how many scientists are like […]
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6:15 AM | 14 March is Science Centre Day
Many of the 3000 or so Science Centres worldwide are marking 14 March 2015 as the inaugural World Science Centre Day, an opportunity to highlight the role that Science Centres play in engaging everyone with science and technology. You may be familiar with the Science Centre Singapore, but did you know that there are similar… Continue reading »

March 08, 2015

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11:58 AM | Science: Where are the women?
SUMMARY: What can be done to increase the numbers of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the so-called STEM fields? The Royal Society explores this very question in today’s video, which features physicist Dame Athene Donald FRS and cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. International Women’s Day has been observed for more than 100 years. It originally began in 1909 in the United States as National Women’s Day, but Austria, Denmark, […]
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11:13 AM | Science: Where are the women? | @GrrlScientist
What can be done to increase the numbers of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the so-called STEM fields? The Royal Society explores this very question in today’s video, which features physicist Dame Athene Donald FRS and cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.International Women’s Day has been observed for more than 100 years. It originally began in 1909 in the United States as National Women’s Day, but Austria, Denmark, Germany and […]

March 07, 2015

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10:43 PM | Murmuration over Utrecht
SUMMARY: Today’s “Caturday” video features a large flock of starlings -- a murmuration -- performing their spectacular aerial ballet in the sky over Utrecht, Netherlands. . . Large flocks of birds flying in a tight group are one of the most spectacular shows that nature has on offer. Migrating shorebirds and wintering European starlings provide the most familiar examples of this behaviour. Birds form these large flocks to protect themselves from predators, to share information […]
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6:16 PM | Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre | Alan Rusbridger
The coming debate is about two things: what governments can do to attempt to regulate, or otherwise stave off, the now predictably terrifying consequences of global warming beyond 2C by the end of the century. And how we can prevent the states and corporations which own the planet’s remaining reserves of coal, gas and oil from ever being allowed to dig most of it up. We need to keep them in the ground. Continue reading →
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2:56 PM | Six of the Best... Ways to Increase Blog Traffic for Science Writers
It's the same old story. You've got great content but no traffic. What you want is thousands of visits per post, some way of increasing blog traffic, some tactics that will get people to share your content. Perhaps you want to spread a message about a particular issue, or maybe build a following, market yourself, or monetize your blog.The following tips are great for science bloggers, but could be applied to any type of blog or website.1. Write for the Internet.Now, there's no reason why you […]
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11:56 AM | Murmuration over Utrecht | @GrrlScientist
Today’s “Caturday” video features a large flock of starlings -- a murmuration -- performing their spectacular aerial ballet in the sky over Utrecht, Netherlands. This is likely one of the last such performances until November, so catch it while you can!Large flocks of birds flying in a tight group are one of the most spectacular shows that nature has on offer. Migrating shorebirds and wintering European starlings provide the most familiar examples of this behaviour. Birds form […]

March 06, 2015

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11:03 PM | Fast from Fast Food: ‘Values of justice are faith values — they’re one in the same’
In Boston, you’re never too far away from a Dunkin’ Donuts. In fact, the Massachusetts-based company inspires a fiery sense of loyalty in many Bostonians. It’s kind of hard to give up the city's ubiquitous fast food staple, but Paul Drake is committed.
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9:02 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Monica Peters
When I first met New Zealand native and science/artist Monica Peters, she was attending the Citizen Science Association meeting in San Jose, California. After her presentation she boldly stated, “Watch this space!” in reference to the growing citizen science initiatives in New Zealand. It was intriguing to learn about the efforts of citizen scientists in New Zealand communities to preserve their local natural habitats. She also stated that she had come from a design […]
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8:35 PM | Top Ten Ways to Make Your March Break Fun
From crafts to Missions to trivia, we've got the solution to your March Break slump!
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7:00 PM | Learning humility
I’m not a forester, though I sometimes forget that. I’m not an expert on sustainability, or environmental policy, or environmental history. While I know a lot about these things, my knowledge is riven with holes – and I’m often unaware … Continue reading →
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