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March 31, 2014

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11:24 PM | Plants release chemical weapons and deploy insect armies in their defence
Animals have an easy life. They can run, hide, or bite back when predators are on the prowl. Plants cannot. Instead they have evolved to deploy a range of defence mechanisms including chemical warfare and insect armies. See on phys.orgFiled … Continue reading →
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11:21 PM | Stop Euthanizing Rescued Animals
Target: CEO, Wayne Pacelle Goal: Require shelters to allow rescue groups to save animals A recent Huffington Post article outlined how The Humane Society of the United States is allowing, and even insisting, that shelter animals be euthanized… See on forcechange.comFiled under: … Continue reading →
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11:18 PM | Save Aquatic Wildlife from Invasive Species
Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of California Goal: Criminalize the importation and sale of invasive American bullfrogs in California In California, American bullfrogs are an invasive species that pose a threat to many of the state’s native amphibian… See on forcechange.comFiled … Continue reading →
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11:13 PM | International Court victory for whales
Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean was ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice this afternoon. This is a landmark ruling which will stop hundreds of whales being killed each year i… See on greenlivinglondon.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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10:57 PM | A secret form of Animal Abuse: Greed.
Hi all As you know I have my MCM project which last month kicked off with some articles about Wolf Haven International, A great organization that stands up for these great animals. This month I was… . . It is … Continue reading →
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10:20 PM | Government video give lets you choose your own clinical research (mis)adventure
It seems hardly a day goes by without a new report of research misconduct. To help prevent such behavior from occurring, the US Department of Health and Human Services has released an  interactive training video called ‘The Research Clinic’ that gives viewers the opportunity to assume the role of one of four decision-makers who are frequently involved in clinical research: a principal investigator, a clinical research coordinator, a research assistant and the chair of an […]
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10:20 PM | Government video give lets you choose your own clinical research (mis)adventure
It seems hardly a day goes by without a new report of research misconduct. To help prevent such behavior from occurring, the US Department of Health and Human Services has released an  interactive training video called ‘The Research Clinic’ that gives viewers the opportunity to assume the role of one of four decision-makers who are frequently involved in clinical research: a principal investigator, a clinical research coordinator, a research assistant and the chair of an […]
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9:01 PM | Discrepancies in serious adverse event reporting may distort the medical evidence base
The worst thing that can happen to a person participating in a clinical trial is what’s known as a ‘serious adverse event’, which can describe anything from permanent kidney damage or liver failure to hospitalization or even death. Federal law in the US mandates that researchers conducting trials of drugs or other products regulated by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report adverse events on ClinicalTrials.gov, a data repository open to the public. But a […]
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9:01 PM | Discrepancies in serious adverse event reporting may distort the medical evidence base
The worst thing that can happen to a person participating in a clinical trial is what’s known as a ‘serious adverse event’, which can describe anything from permanent kidney damage or liver failure to hospitalization or even death. Federal law in the US mandates that researchers conducting trials of drugs or other products regulated by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report adverse events on ClinicalTrials.gov, a data repository open to the public. But a […]
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8:42 PM | New cholesterol drugs make strides in clinical trials
The excitement around PCSK9 – a promising new protein target for cholesterol-lowering therapies – appears to be justified. This week, at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting in Washington DC, several pharmaceutical companies presented data from advanced clinical trials showing that monoclonal antibodies that target and degrade PCSK9 are effective at treating patients with high cholesterol, especially when combined with statins such as Lipitor.  Read more
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8:42 PM | New cholesterol drugs make strides in clinical trials
The excitement around PCSK9 – a promising new protein target for cholesterol-lowering therapies – appears to be justified. This week, at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting in Washington DC, several pharmaceutical companies presented data from advanced clinical trials showing that monoclonal antibodies that target and degrade PCSK9 are effective at treating patients with high cholesterol, especially when combined with statins such as Lipitor.  Read more
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7:50 PM | Heritage Trees of Cape Town (Continued)
Cape Town sprawls beneath the majestic Table Mountain in the heart of the mega-diverse Cape Floral Kingdom. With 3.74 million inhabitants, it is South Africa’s second most populous city. Despite the obvious ecological stressors resulting from the city’s high metabolism … Continue reading →
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7:04 PM | You bad, bad systems neuroscientists
A recent paper in Nature Neuroscience is suggesting that Systems Neuroscience has nearly as big of a problem with statistics as the fMRI field used to. The abstract: In neuroscience, experimental designs in which multiple observations are collected from a single research object (for example, multiple neurons from one animal) are common: 53% of 314 reviewed […]
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5:30 PM | Cell tower workers: Six deaths in 12 weeks
Twelve weeks into 2014, six cell tower workers have died on the job – incidents that caused a total of 7 fatalities. OSHA has called the industry's safety record "unacceptable" and announced increased focus on tower work safety. But this history of catastrophic and fatal incidents goes back nearly 20 years. What's needed to effect change?
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5:01 PM | UN climate change report marks risks of a warm future
From shrinking glaciers to sea water becoming more acidic, climate change has already a notable imprint on Earth’s natural systems, according to a United Nations climate-science report released today. Projected 21st century warming poses risks – severe if the rise in atmospheric concentration of heat-trapping gases continues unabated – to future food security, human well-being and wealth, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Read more
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5:01 PM | UN climate change report marks risks of a warm future
From shrinking glaciers to sea water becoming more acidic, climate change has already a notable imprint on Earth’s natural systems, according to a United Nations climate-science report released today. Projected 21st century warming poses risks – severe if the rise in atmospheric concentration of heat-trapping gases continues unabated – to future food security, human well-being and wealth, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Read more
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4:57 PM | Who benefits from Plantwise?
As part of our Monitoring and Evaluation within Plantwise, we are identifying indicators both to help us improve the way we operate and also increase accountability to our participants, partners, and donors. As a follow-up to our blog post on International Women’s Day, one of the ways we can improve our current work and set […]
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4:43 PM | Genetically programmed, but with options
I have a guest post at NeuWriteSD: Australia has been having a problem with discarded beer bottles. It turns out that the Australian Jewel Beetle finds these bottles so attractive that they will mate with them until they die from dehydration. The bottles, so fine with their seductive golden shading and arousingly dimpled bottoms, are […]
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4:23 PM | 2014 Sandhill Crane Migration – Platte River, Nebraska
March is always a busy time on Nebraska’s Platte River.  It’s the beginning of prime prescribed fire season, of course, and a good time to work on fence repair and tree clearing projects.  But there’s no question that sandhill cranes … Continue reading →
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2:41 PM | Birdbooker Report 314
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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1:56 PM | Coral reef resilience: a biogeographic perspective
Coral reefs are affected by a large range of disturbances including disease, bleaching, storms, and Acanthaster planci, also known as crown of thorn starfish (COTS) outbreaks.  There appears to be a lot of variation of how much coral cover is affected by physical and biological disturbances and in how quickly coral communities recover from it.  Those two […]
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1:30 PM | Science is no excuse for Japan’s Antarctic whaling, court rules
Japan’s hugely controversial ‘scientific whaling’ programme is not actually scientific and must be stopped, the International Court of Justice ruled today.  Read more
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1:30 PM | Science is no excuse for Japan’s Antarctic whaling, court rules
Japan’s hugely controversial ‘scientific whaling’ programme is not actually scientific and must be stopped, the International Court of Justice ruled today.  Read more
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12:00 PM | Which classes should tenure-track faculty deprioritize?
Academia has an adjunct problem. Most of the verbiage on this topic (that I see, at least) focuses on the plight of adjunct faculty.  I agree that this matters, a lot. But, this isn’t the bottom line for the people who are the designated focus of the teaching institutions: the students. At the top of my list […]
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12:00 PM | Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-footed Ferret
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11:48 AM | The power of “checking all the boxes” in scientific research: the example of character displacement (UPDATED)
Brian’s written a lot on this blog about the importance and power of making and testing predictions (here’s his most recent post on this). I agree, but I also worry that, like any good thing, an emphasis on testing predictions … Continue reading →
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9:06 AM | A globally coherent fingerprint of climate change impacts across natural systems
Camille Parmesan and Gary Yohe. Nature 421: 37-42. A globally coherent fingerprint of climate change impacts across natural systems A few weeks ago Lynsey bribed me with some really very delicious cake to write a guest blog here. Well I say bribe, it’s quite an honour really, so I chose one of my all-time favourite papers […]
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6:47 AM | Restoration ecology of peatlands Part 1: Opportunities for restoring ecosystem functions and biological diversity
The following essay is split into two parts, and was originally submitted as part of coursework for GY7309, at the University of Leicester. This first part will include the introduction, […]
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12:09 AM | Argentina’s Annual Ag Expo
During March 22-25 the main farming event in Argentina, Expoagro 2014, took place in Santa Fe state, and recent advances in agriculture and farming were highlighted. Farming is the main economic activity of Argentina, and biotechnology has played a central role in farm development and transitioning to a more precise form of agriculture. Local policies have allowed the use of genetically modified organisms, and that led to a green revolution in the 1990s, with incremental increases in […]
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12:09 AM | Argentina’s Annual Ag Expo
During March 22-25 the main farming event in Argentina, Expoagro 2014, took place in Santa Fe state, and recent advances in agriculture and farming were highlighted. Farming is the main economic activity of Argentina, and biotechnology has played a central role in farm development and transitioning to a more precise form of agriculture. Local policies have allowed the use of genetically modified organisms, and that led to a green revolution in the 1990s, with incremental increases in […]
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