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April 05, 2015

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3:20 PM | Soil Isn’t Sexy
Soil is the earth's fragile skin that anchors all life on Earth. It is comprised of countless species that create a dynamic and complex ecosystem and is among the most precious resources to humans...Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. Continue reading →
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9:51 AM | A tiny hamsters’ Easter
SUMNMARY: Just in time for Easter; we watch two dwarf hamster sisters share their Easter holiday preparations with us . Credit: Philipp Salzgeber/CC BY 2.5. Campbell’s dwarf hamster, Phodopus campbelli. . I’ve just returned from my Museum Week-inspired visit to Dublin so I am kicking things off on the blog with this holiday-themed video by April Campbell. This video captures what Easter looks like from the point of view of two dwarf hamsters. They are Campbell’s dwarf […]
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3:18 AM | Eggs and other land foods won’t feed polar bears
Wild ThingsAnimals,Ecology,Climate by Sarah Zielinski 9:00am, April 5, 2015 Polar bears aren’t just brown bears with white fur. And a brown bear diet won’t save the polar bears when their sea ice home disappears and they are forced to live on land, a new review concludes.rubyblossom./Flickr (CC-BY-NC 2.0)Polar bears are in for some change. Their Arctic sea ice homes are quickly […]
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1:13 AM | Need a new yoga pose? Try the stretch spider!
The still brown grass crunches under my feet as I walk the salt marshes of the Goodwin Islands at the mouth of York River. I stop when when I see a blade of grass scramble across the other grass blades like a panicked airplane passenger who climbs over other passengers trying to get to the evacuation slide first. … Continue reading Need a new yoga pose? Try the stretch spider! →
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12:45 AM | Making Sacramento a haven for honeybees
Sacramento is the latest city to become an official honeybee haven. More residents are interested in keeping their own hives. But how do you catch this buzz?  Source: www.sacbee.com GR:  Here’s the link to put your honeybee haven on the … Continue reading →

April 04, 2015

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10:47 PM | Quantum physics, rainbow gravity, and my next novel
One of the biggest problems with quantum physics – apart from the way it attracts new age woo – is that it doesn’t reconcile with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The two don’t meet when it comes to gravity. And so … Continue reading →
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2:31 PM | Dead Zones: Massive Loss of Ocean Biodiversity From Warming May Take Millennia to Recover
News like this should be cause for all of us to be running around screaming with our heads on fire. Continue reading →
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1:04 PM | Top Ten Reasons to Start a Bring Back the Wild Campaign this Earth Month
Meet the animals you can help protect this month!
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9:39 AM | A tiny hamsters' Easter | @GrrlScientist
Just in time for “Caturday”; we watch two dwarf hamster sisters share their Easter holiday preparations with usI’ve just returned from my Museum Week-inspired visit to Dublin so I am kicking things off on the blog with this holiday-themed video by April Campbell. This “Caturday” video captures what Easter looks like from the point of view of two dwarf hamsters. The hamsters are sisters and they were given the peculiar names Dumptruck (tan fur) and Porkchop (grey […]
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1:00 AM | Categorical Foundations of Network Theory
  Jacob Biamonte got a grant from the Foundational Questions Institute to run a small meeting on network theory: • The categorical foundations of network theory. It’s being held 25-28 May 2015 in Turin, Italy, at the ISI Foundation. We’ll make slides and/or videos available, but the main goal is to bring a few people […]

April 03, 2015

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9:08 PM | Study: School Breakfast Program linked to better academic achievement
Thanks to the federal School Breakfast Program, millions of low-income children have the opportunity to start the school day with a healthy meal. But does the program impact the brain as well as the belly? A new study finds that it does, with students at participating schools scoring higher in math, reading and science.
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6:45 PM | Battling Drought with Private Reservoirs
Capturing rainwater is a good idea. Besides providing for local use, large scale versions can slow down flooding. That's what many dams are for. However, when we don't leave enough to maintain streams and estuaries, we cause harm to some of the most productive and sensitive natural habitats on Earth. Then it's time to start reducing the human need. Continue reading →
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4:55 PM | Developers Attempt to Strip Tasmanian Forest Protection
Since 1985 more than half Australia's Great Barrier Reef’s coral has been lost, with remaining coral cover predicted to be lost with two degrees of warming through climate change. Continue reading →
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4:34 PM | Deforestation Changes Climate Via Albedo
Results show that tropical forests have a strong cooling effect throughout the year; temperate forests show moderate cooling in summer and moderate warming in winter with net cooling annually; and boreal forests have strong warming in winter and moderate cooling in summer with net warming annually. Continue reading →
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3:28 PM | 1980 View of CO2 and Global Warming–Must-See Video
The 1980 view of CO2 and global warming Continue reading →
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3:15 PM | Photo of the Week – April 3, 2015
A month ago, we apparently had a large number of white winged visitors hanging around our Derr Wetland Restoration.  I only know this because our timelapse cameras picked them up. Snow geese are common along the Platte River in the … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | ‘Urgent’ crowdfunding campaign hopes to help save three native Australian birds
Logging and consequent habitat loss have forced competition among bird species that is driving these three toward extinction. Money is needed to erect nest boxes on offshore islands so numbers can climb. Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | The fickleness of P?
Halsey and colleagues (2015) raise an important issue regarding a certain letter with which we all are familiar: They describe the sample-to-sample variability in the P value as a major cause of lack of repeatability that is not generally considered. They explain why P is fickle to … Continue reading →
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11:25 AM | Friday links: are regime shifts even a thing, rewilding English, minimal maps, and more
Also this week: read ALL the Terry McGlynn things, ice ages vs. the Slutsky-Yule effect, grad student mental health, the null hypothesis for p-hacking, and more! From Meg: Thanks to Terry McGlynn for pointing me to this great post by Nash … Continue reading →
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9:03 AM | Mixed Messages, Pesticide Pestilence and Pollinator Populations
“We’re getting mixed messages from scientists about the effects of neonicotinoids on bees” – I have heard this from several sources, including a very senior civil servant in the UK and from an intensive tillage farmer in Ireland. A recent article in the US media says pretty much the same thing. An article in the Guardian last week entitled “UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says”, reports on Dave Goulson’s reanalysis of […]
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1:24 AM | Protecting New England Cottontail Habitat on Cape Cod
Yay, cottontails. From the article: Private landowners, conservation groups, a tribe and government agencies have joined forces to restore New England Cottontail habitat throughout New England. In Mashpee, Mass., on Cape Cod, habitat restoration work at three sites is yielding results. Continue reading →

April 02, 2015

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9:29 PM | Important changes since Upper Big Branch disaster, but coal miner deaths continue
April 5, 2015 will mark the fifth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Since then, some things have change in coal mine safety, especially by MSHA. But more than 200 US miners have died on-the-job since UBB.
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2:00 PM | d(N)eutralist < d(S)electionist Part 4
Continuing our discussion of the neutralist-selectionist debate, recent findings by Schrider et al. (2015) bring us to the topic of selective sweeps, and their genomic signatures in a population. As we have discussed in previous posts, numerous studies (since the … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure
A review of Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach by David C. Rouse and Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa. 2013. 157 pages. ISBN: 978-1-611900-62-0. Report Number 571. Planning Advisory Service. American Planning Association. This PAS Report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure (GI) as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes … Continue reading Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure →
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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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