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July 07, 2014

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11:40 AM | Hubbard Fellowship Blog – Eliza’s (Sort of) Farewell
This is Eliza Perry’s final blog post as a Hubbard Fellow.  However, as you’ll see below, it is not the end of her employment with The Nature Conservancy.  Meanwhile, two new Fellows have moved in to fill the void left … Continue reading →
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2:20 AM | The Puzzle of Delhi’s Air Pollution
The recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report on Ambient Air Pollution for 2014 showcases a variety of alarming results: across 1600 cities from 91 countries, and covering the period from 2008 to 2013, the cities with the lowest levels of … Continue reading →

July 06, 2014

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9:52 PM | Celebrating Native Bees
As you were enjoying celebrations this July 4th weekend, you may have noticed many bees flying around your yard or neighborhood park, pollinating flowers and vegetables. As I earlier shared here on the Your Wild Life blog, I am researching many of these native bees in urban areas. Specifically, I am studying how temperature influences the native bee community in Raleigh. In some areas, I put up bundles of bamboo to sample which bees will nest there. Most bees are solitary, unlike honey bees or […]
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5:06 PM | World’s Oceans Face “Irreparable Damage” – YouTube
Global Ocean Commission gives world leaders a five-year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability... Continue reading →
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3:06 AM | Researchers Assisted By SDSC In Novel Wildlife Tracking Project–Not
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12:07 AM | Manipulating the Numbers in Montana Wolf Policies
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July 05, 2014

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9:14 PM | Beavers in U.K. Will Become Extinct Again?
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7:44 PM | Accidental truth
The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. Thomas Henry Huxley. Accidental truth of a conclusion is no compensation for erroneous deduction. Arthur Eddington The very truth, … Continue reading →
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5:36 PM | Invasive Palm Threatens Java Rhino To Extinction
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5:09 PM | You are neuroecology
Can we say that a great idea pops up again and again? I just found this great quote from a really random book, Change Your Brain (bolding etc mine): Predictably enough, most of those who used drugs during the 1960s and 1970s glorified the drugs and raved incoherently about inner experiences, but failed to realize that […]
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4:20 PM | Help save this critically endangered bird!
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4:12 PM | Be back soon with more science for you!
I wanted to explain why I have been mostly missing from posting on the blogs and social media these last two weeks. I have embarked on a new adventure in environmental consulting that includes a fair amount of travel to … Continue reading →
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3:02 PM | Learning the Art of the 4x4
Tackling one of the trickier slopes on the course into an old quarry at Melkbos 4x4 course. Photo: Trevor Knutsen (Allterrain 4x4)"Ah no....it isn't....it IS....catch it...quick! Before it disappears!". Nothing like the sight of a tick trundling across the inside of the windscreen to bring a person sharply to their senses first thing in the morning. Clearly there was a small stowaway that got away after our research group's bakkie's latest field trip. With some highly professional multitasking […]
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1:22 PM | True Facts About The Fruit Bat
SUMMARY: This amusing video shares a few facts about the amazing megabats -- the largest flying mammals alive in the world today. Orphaned baby fruit bats. Screen capture. Once again, it's caturday, so let's watch some animals doing stuff! Today's animals are megachiropterans, or "big winged" bats -- more commonly known as megabats or fruit bats. Unlike the bats that pop into most people's minds when they hear the word, the megabats are frugivorous (fruit-eaters) or nectarivorous […]
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8:43 AM | Hamsters, pizzas & playgrounds | @GrrlScientist
Dwarf hamsters are small but they have an outsized effect on one's life.Once again, it's caturday, which means it's time for us to relax whilst recovering from that most recent post-World Cup game hangover by watching animals doing fun stuff!This week's cute animal videos were inspired by a piece I wrote a little while ago, about a study of wheel-running behaviour in wild mice. Although that study focused on wild mice, I included a video of some dwarf hamsters running on a wheel, mostly because […]
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4:00 AM | The costs of Open Science
Over the last year, I have had a lot of discussions about upsides, downsides, and other directionless-sides (assuming there are such things) of open science. I talked about the upsides many times (and I will keep on doing it), but it would not be really honest not to mention the potential disadvantages and risks of adopting new practices: publishing in new journals, using preprints in a field where it is not the norm, open peer-review, publishing raw datasets, … So, roll yourself in your […]

July 04, 2014

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8:40 PM | To arrive at the simplest truth…
…as Newton knew and practiced, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not reading. Not talking. Not making an effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs … Continue reading →
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7:37 PM | Obama Urged to Sanction Mozambique Over Elephant, Rhino Poaching
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6:06 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Bill Grant
Dr. Bill Grant doesn’t have any pictures from middle school, but he did save his senior yearbook and some assorted photos from his childhood home. This interview is special for many reasons, but particularly for its timing. On July 1st, 2014 Dr. Grant celebrated his 40 year anniversary as a member of the North Carolina State University faculty. During his interview, we talked about much more than middle school, especially how his career has been shaped by special research opportunities as […]
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6:00 PM | Unrelated to all that, 7/4 edition
Statistical poetry Outliers we dread, But luckily they’re few. When no one is looking, We know what to do. Is it time to redraw the map of the brain? Lesion mapping is a fundamental tool of modern neuroscience. By observing the particular symptoms (deficits) people develop after suffering damage (lesions) to particular parts of the […]
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5:37 PM | Captured Birds Fitted with “Geolocators” to Study Migration Flyways
"A new paper by Dr. Jeremy Ross from the University of Oklahoma describes the use of tiny devices strapped to birds' backs called geolocators, which capture the individual migration routes of  lark sparrows in North America. By sensing the light levels, these backpacks can pinpoint the location of a bird anywhere in the world, even if retrieving the data-logger can sometimes pose a major problem."Source: newsofbird.comAnimal cruelty outside the lab?  Does the geolocator bother the […]
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3:55 PM | Montana Department of Livestock Proves Once Again that Only Livestock Owners Have Private Property Rights
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2:23 PM | Happy Independence Day from evolution!
I like to imagine that this crayfish is conducting a Sousa tune. :-)Filed under: Just for fun
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1:00 PM | What we’re reading: Fish gut microbes, Denisovan origins of Tibetan altitude adaptation, and the curious costs of journal subscriptions
In the journals Bolnick, D. I., L. K. Snowberg, P. E. Hirsch, C. L. Lauber, R. Knight, J. G. Caporaso, and R. Svanbäck. 2014. Individuals’ diet diversity influences gut microbial diversity in two freshwater fish (threespine stickleback and Eurasian perch). … Continue reading →
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11:44 AM | A new climate for farming
In a new web special A New Climate For Farming Nature Climate Change presents a collection of articles and opinion pieces that deal with the various aspects of agriculture and climate change: Climate change fundamentally alters the way that farmers need to plan and manage their operations. This is necessary to avoid the worst impacts […]
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11:30 AM | FLUMP – The first reefs, Happy Flumpth of July!,
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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11:00 AM | Energy from Waste (EfW) P2
The aim of this series is to provide a literature review on the current status of Energy from Waste (EfW). Due to the length it will be split into three […]
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8:16 AM | Exciting time with the Singapore Science Festival!
It is the time of the year again, where we celebrate the Singapore Science Festival! In two weeks’ time, the Festival will open with a blast at X-periment!, a three-day science carnival which celebrates the latest developments and research work in the field of science and technology. Universities, research institutions, and companies will demonstrate some… Continue reading »
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8:06 AM | Carnival of Evolution #73: World Cup Edition
The 73rd Carnival of Evolution has been hosted by Pleiotropy, in a tour de force “World Cup Edition” of the Carnival.  The good news: we were a top-seeded team, tied for second place, based on the all-around evolutionary excellence of our nominated post, Katie Piechel’s “Add It Up: The Genetic Basis of Ecological Speciation”.  Go check out the Carnival to see how we did.In honor of the World Cup, we have two additional items for your delectation:The […]
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7:59 AM | Entropy and Information in Biological Systems (Part 2)
John Harte, Marc Harper and I are running a workshop! Now you can apply here to attend: • Information and entropy in biological systems, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Knoxville Tennesee, Wednesday-Friday, 8-10 April 2015. Click the link, read the stuff and scroll down to “CLICK HERE” to apply. The deadline is 12 […]
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