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April 03, 2014

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6:15 PM | Cold Spring Harbor
Just a note that I am currently at Cold Spring Harbor Labs for the Circuits conference, where I am speaking on Saturday morning. Someone already surprised me by saying, “I think I’ve seen your blog” which always make me a bit self-conscious. Real people might hold me accountable for the stupid things I say on […]
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6:03 PM | How I normally feel when discussing science
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5:06 PM | Predators, Prey, Habitats Symposium April 9, Pocatello, ID at ISU
Four experts on wolves, cougars, grizzly bears, and other predators will present and discuss- The “Predators, Prey, Habitats” symposium will feature presentation on wolves, cougars, grizzly bears, … See on www.thewildlifenews.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:38 PM | Do we sign our peer reviews? Mostly, no.
Last week, inspired by discussions with my co-bloggers and a post by Terry McGlynn, I asked our readers to tell me whether they do peer review anonymously, and why. A total of 87 folks responded to a brief online survey, … Continue reading →
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3:22 PM | Journals must boost data sharing
Here’s the text from Tim’s recent (3rd April) Correspondence piece in Nature The journal ecosystem is a powerful filter of scientific literature, promoting the best work into the best journals. Why not use a similar mechanism to encourage more comprehensive … Continue reading →
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12:16 PM | Boycott! Don Blankenship’s propaganda film about Upper Big Branch disaster
Don Blankenship is marking the 4th anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster with a propaganda film. Boycott it!
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11:23 AM | Who knew? Popular teens are not immune to bullying either
Turns out being popular might not save you from sneering, jabbing and harassment in school yards, a new University of California study concludes – and it’s even worse if you’re a girl, poor or “physically vulnerable.” In fact, becoming popular increases the risk of getting bullied, and worsens the negative consequences of being victimized, according to the same study.  Read more
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11:23 AM | Who knew? Popular teens are not immune to bullying either
Turns out being popular might not save you from sneering, jabbing and harassment in school yards, a new University of California study concludes – and it’s even worse if you’re a girl, poor or “physically vulnerable.” In fact, becoming popular increases the risk of getting bullied, and worsens the negative consequences of being victimized, according to the same study.  Read more
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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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