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August 06, 2014

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4:05 PM | Standing and flowing
Our paper on "The genomic signature of parallel adaptation from shared genetic variation" is finally out in print. Check out the funky cover they used.The paper is also subject of a News and Views by John Welch and Chris Jiggins: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.12859/fullHere is the paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.12720/fullHere is the original blog post: http://ecoevoevoeco.blogspot.ca/2014/04/peaks-and-valleys-in-genome.html
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4:00 PM | The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning
Collectively, researchers over the past 60 years (or more) have collected a good deal of data on urban biodiversity and impacts on urban plants and animals. From urban gradient studies to patch dynamic studies, we have a plethora of empirical … Continue reading →
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2:16 PM | Predator Derby Planned for Salmon, Idaho
The BLM is proposing to issue a special 5-year, December 15 to January 15, recreation use permit for a predator derby to take place on public lands. Up to 500 derby participants would have 3 days to kill gray wolves, coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons, and starlings. Killers would receive points for the animals they deliver to a judging station. Please send comments to the BLM. Continue reading →
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12:15 PM | Four rules for long distance collaborations
One trend of ecology, science, and life generally is increasingly doing work with people who are not physically in the same location. Some examples of collaborating remotely that are part of my academic life include: Students in different locations – some … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Readers Write In: Are These Rattlesnakes (with Bonus Peruvian Snake Challenge)?
Hi David,       I have always loved animals and reptiles especially after going to a science fair where a local herpetologist brought all kinds of interesting snakes and such to show the students... Once moving to Virginia I became scared of copperheads because they can't rattle to warn you of their presence and I am an avid hiker. In living in this state a long time I never ran into any snakes
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10:29 AM | Lucy: a review
Note: As a neuroscientist, I feel compelled to let people know what I think after all the “10% myth” hubbub In Taiwan for hazy reasons (acting? partying?), Lucy gets caught up in a drug deal being run by some sort of British and/or Korean gang. Through a random act of kicking, Lucy internally ingests a drug that begins […]
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9:07 AM | Update: New Pest & Disease Records (06 Aug 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 the first report of Diaporthe pseudomangiferae causing inflorescence rot, rachis, canker, and flower abortion of mango,  the first report of mixed infection of Papaya ringspot virus and phytoplasma in papaya in India and […]
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9:01 AM | Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik | book review | @GrrlScientist
This book uses chemistry, history, psychology and good old fashioned storytelling to explore the nature of the materials that compose ordinary stuff, prompting readers to view the most common objects with newfound appreciation. Most of us don't even think about all the "stuff" that populates our lives -- until we trip over something. As a teenager, Mark Miodownik started out much like all of us, until a stranger on the tube slashed through five layers of his clothing with a razor blade that was […]
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4:19 AM | Tell Seventh Generation to Stop Promoting Animal Testing
Animal testing does not protect human health or the environment from exposure to harmful chemicals. Continue reading →
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1:51 AM | Endangered Species Condoms
The world’s population now numbers more than 7 billion, and we add another 227,000 people to the planet every day. Continue reading →
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12:38 AM | Save Reservoir Animals from Intentional Water Drainage
Target: Mayor Percy Bland of Meridian, Mississippi Goal: Relocate fish and other animals that are dying because of the intentional draining of their native reservoir The city of Meridian, Mississippi has slowly begun to drain the water from a… “The … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Why the White House posted a video linking the California wildfires to climate change
Linking wildfire to climate change provides tangible evidence of the destructive results of climate change. Continue reading →

August 05, 2014

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10:40 PM | The Rim Fire one year later: a natural experiment in fire ecology and management
The enormous conflagration known as the Rim Fire was in full fury, raging swiftly from crown to crown among mature trees, when it entered the backcountry of Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada in late August 2013. But inside the park, the battle began to turn, enacting a case study in the way management decisions and drought can combine to fuel large, severe fires.
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9:22 PM | Ebola rates, updated
Latest data from the WHO on the W. Africa Ebola outbreak. You could absolutely see this coming if you’ve been following the details of this story. The seriousness of the situation should now be patently obvious. For data table go … Continue reading →
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5:37 PM | Sala Burning: Worst Fire in 40 Years Rages in Sweltering Sweden
Originally posted on robertscribbler:(Sala Fire on August 5, 2014 as seen in this LANCE-MODIS satellite shot. For reference the fire front in this shot is about ten miles wide, the smoke plume, two hundred miles long. Image source: LANCE-MODIS.)…
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5:15 PM | Water costs up 1,000% where half of US fruits, vegetables and nuts grow
The rising cost of vegetables and the crops fed to livestock may alter the diets of the expanded mass of poor people in the US. The real impact, however, is the drying of springs and ponds used by wildlife. Drought and human competition for water will shove many species farther toward extinction. Continue reading →
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5:09 PM | Worker safety measures make way into new USDA poultry inspection rule
The Labor Department convinced USDA to insert some worker safety measures into its new poultry slaughter inspection regulation. Poultry workers hope the measures are more than just words in the Federal Register notice.
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4:48 PM | How Do You Evaluate Your Prairie?
The most challenging aspect of prairie management may be evaluating what’s happening on the land and what to do about it.  What should you focus on as you walk around a prairie?  Which plant species can tell you the most … Continue reading →
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4:06 PM | Jeni Corn and the Chimpanzees of Fire
At some point our ancestors tamed fire. With fire they could cook their food and store it. With fire they could light whole landscapes aflame. It has long been speculated that the impetus to tame fire was our shift into the African grasslands (out of the trees and down onto the scary ground). This idea was an untestable but plausible theory; it still is. But recently a chimpanzee, well actually a bonobo, friendlier kin to the chimp, may have given us a glimpse of what that moment might have […]
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4:02 PM | We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth
The single most important step to conserving these species is reducing the demand for their meat and scales in China and Vietnam. Continue reading →
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3:53 PM | Stem cell scientist Sasai commits suicide
Yesterday, it appears that stem cell scientist Yoshiki Sasai committed suicide. Sasai, as head investigator, was involved in the recent stem-cell paper retraction though he did not appear to have been a part of the fraud itself: He titled his missive, “Apology regarding the paper retractions.” He wrote: “I am deeply ashamed of the fact that […]
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3:11 PM | How many genes does it take to make a new species?
Three-spined sticklebacks are speciation machines. When retreating glaciers exposed lakes and rivers around the coasts of northern North America and Eurasia, these armor-plated little fish colonized the new freshwater habitats from the ocean, and adapted to the threats and resources … Continue reading →
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3:10 PM | England: 8/8/14 Is ‘World Cat Day’ – The BUAV Exposes Cats Born To Die In UK Labs – Watch the Footage, Please Sign the Petition – and Lots More.
There will be homes around the world where cats and kittens are lucky enough to spend their lives protected by the security of a loving family. Sadly, behind other closed doors – not of homes but of laboratories – there will also be many other cats and kittens suffering in silence. Continue reading →
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1:31 PM | Facing the future of crop protection: officials from across Africa join IPPC, Plantwise and FAO for collaboration on plant health
 For farmers across Africa and around the world, tackling crop pest problems in a safe and sustainable way is a major challenge. Currently between 30-40% of crops on average are lost to pests, and while the technology and knowledge exist to reduce losses, vital plant health information remains out of reach for many farmers. It […]
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1:00 PM | Macroecology Meeting in the Works
We macroecologists are scattered across the globe, often with little in person access to other macroecologists. Often we’re lucky if there’s another person at our institution that has even heard the word macroecology. Sadly, we don’t have a lot of venues for bringing large groups of macroecologists together. Many of the ones that do occur […]
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10:53 AM | Guest Post: Perfecting the Elevator Pitch
This is a guest post from Catherine Searle, who just finished up a postdoc in my lab and moved to Purdue to begin a tenure track position. Each of the past two summers, Cat has led a lab meeting where … Continue reading →
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10:33 AM | Rediscovering Our Roots
After thousands of years of classifying and categorizing animals, the scientific community has a pretty good handle on most of . . .
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1:51 AM | Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products
Chinese traditional medicine and belief in deriving personal power by eating animal parts are driving forces behind poaching worldwide. Continue reading →
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12:42 AM | Divers pull fishing hook from jaws of 6ft shark
Two divers remove fish hooks from sharks. Continue reading →

August 04, 2014

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10:11 PM | Arctic Emergency: Top Scientists Explain How Arctic Warming is Wrecking Our Weather and Pushing World To Rapidly Cross Climate Tipping Points
(Must-watch video that includes direct observation and analysis of Arctic tipping points provided by a number of the world’s top climate scientists.) You don’t want to mess with Arctic warming. It’s an engine of destruction straining to be set loose. … Continue reading →
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