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April 04, 2014

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3:30 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Stephanie Schuttler
Dr. Stephanie Schuttler grew up in Buffalo, New York, and went to a middle school that embraced high student achievement. There she wasn’t considered a nerd or picked on for liking conservation or listening to Nirvana. She spent time enjoying “splash hikes” with her family during vacations – putting on old sneakers and hiking up a streambed instead of a trail. It was her parents’ love of nature that eventually led her down the path towards biology. Read on to learn […]
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3:29 PM | The Coelacanth has had its day
Who hasn’t wanted to bring an extinct species back into existence? Sure, there are risks, both physical (T. rex and pathogens) and ethical (Neanderthals), and sure, we’re better off without some species (smallpox and mososaurs), but how about the gastric brooding frog and the thylacine and the dodo and so on? Surely the world would be a better – or at least not worse – place if we hadn’t lost them. Enter the de-extinctionmovement, which seeks to bring extinct […]
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2:22 PM | Another oil leak reported in southern Utah; At The Grand Staircase
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Burnt sagebrush and oil-covered junipers line the perimeter of the pond at Citation Oil Company’s #11 oil well leak in Dixie National Forest, Wednesday, April… See on donlichterman.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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1:59 PM | Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission discusses evidence-based policy and nurturing and supporting a European scientific culture
Professor Anne Glover joined the European Commission as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President in January 2012, and is the first person to hold this position.  Read more
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1:59 PM | Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission discusses evidence-based policy and nurturing and supporting a European scientific culture
Professor Anne Glover joined the European Commission as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President in January 2012, and is the first person to hold this position.  Read more
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1:41 PM | Lunar dust mission still chasing mystery of ‘horizon glow’
NASA is preparing one last blast for its expired Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft — a controlled crash into the Moon’s surface, probably on 21 April. But before it goes, LADEE will take a final shot at unraveling one of the top mysteries it went to the Moon to uncover.  Read more
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1:41 PM | Lunar dust mission still chasing mystery of ‘horizon glow’
NASA is preparing one last blast for its expired Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft — a controlled crash into the Moon’s surface, probably on 21 April. But before it goes, LADEE will take a final shot at unraveling one of the top mysteries it went to the Moon to uncover.  Read more
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1:21 PM | European Commission report urges legal reform to help scientists text-mine research papers
European copyright law should change to help researchers use computer programs to extract facts and data from published research papers, legal experts have urged in a report [pdf] for the European Commission published today.  Read more
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1:21 PM | European Commission report urges legal reform to help scientists text-mine research papers
European copyright law should change to help researchers use computer programs to extract facts and data from published research papers, legal experts have urged in a report [pdf] for the European Commission published today.  Read more
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1:04 PM | Young vervet monkeys look to mom when learning
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 10:01am, April 4, 2014 Young vervet monkeys look to mom when presented with a problem, such as how to eat a grape covered with sand.Marie and Alistair Knock/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Vervet monkeys can learn from each other. Last year, Science News reported, scientists showed that young male monkeys are capable of social learning: When they leave the group […]
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1:00 PM | Plantwise develops new app for farmers
CABI’s Plantwise team along with specialists White October have developed an app, to help farmers in remote locations get help with their plant problems. The app, that aims to improve world food security, has already received some good local press and radio coverage .   The Plantwise ‘Factsheets library’ is an Android app that crucially, is designed […]
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1:00 PM | What we’re reading: Coevolving diversity, gut microbiota and gas, and killing the phrase “next-generation sequencing”
In the journals Boots M., A. White, A. Best, and R. Bowers. 2014. How specificity and epidemiology drive the coevolution of static trait diversity in hosts and parasites. Evolution. doi: 10.1111/evo.12393 We examine theoretically how epidemiological feedbacks and the characteristics … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Friday recommended reads #23
Pseudoscorpions are awesome. I mean, literally, they inspire awe. Here are ten facts about pseudoscorpions including some great photos of these tiny creatures, too. How are highly ranked liberal arts schools different from the rest of them? This post on Memoirs of a SLACer nails it. You may have heard about some furor about a […]
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12:00 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (April 4th, 2014)
Did you already take a guess at our first snake identification challenge of 2014? Japan will no longer be allowed to go whaling in the Antarctic. But what does this new ruling actually mean? For the first time since the 1700s, the nene, an endangered Hawaiian goose, is nesting on Oahu's North Shore. The Night Lizard Cometh...back! Good news for a once-rare reptile. Poaching is up for the Red
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11:50 AM | Friday links: community assembly vs. Go, Hurlbert vs. neuroscientists, and more (UPDATED)
Also this week: paying for the party, Dan Simberloff interview, brazening it out, “just so” stories, why Meg almost had to punch Jeremy, and more… From Meg: According to this article, which reports on an analysis of statistical methods in … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | April Flump’s Day!
April 1st might have been April Fool’s Day, or Le Poisson D’Avril if you’re into sticking fish on your friends’ . . .
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8:44 AM | Factsheet of the month: April – Wheat stem rust
Last week, the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security took place in Mexico, bringing together thought leaders, policymakers, and leading agricultural research-for-development organizations to discuss the role of wheat in the future of food security. Wheat is an extremely important crop that provides around 20% of the world’s calories but this staple crop is threatened […]
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3:14 AM | Small miracle
Amidst the greatest mass extinction of species since the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago, there is one smallish success The Island Fox which had vanished from all but six of the Californ… See on michaeleltonmcleod.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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12:25 AM | 24 Animals Sleeping And Cuddling With Stuffed Animals
Perhaps the only thing cuter than an adorable household pet is an adorable household pet curled up for a nap with their favorite plushie toy. There’s nothing like an animal cuddling with the toys we loved in our early childhoods … Continue reading →
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12:13 AM | Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XXIII
Here are another 6 biodiversity cartoons for your conservation pleasure/pain (see full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here). – See on conservationbytes.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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12:08 AM | Grand Canyon seeks ways to manage bison herds
Grand Canyon seeks ways to manage bison herds roaming in northern reaches of national park FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The herds of bison roaming the northern reaches of the Grand Canyon are causing h… See on savesclub.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation
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12:04 AM | Truth in Advertising
Defenders and partners run a successful campaign against a misleading advertisement in Mexico One of the foremost threats to the survival of the 22 species of parrots and macaws here in Mexico is i… See on donlichterman.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation

April 03, 2014

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10:34 PM | Jeremy’s upcoming talk on blogging will be live-tweeted by @FisheriesBlog, 1 pm EDT Apr. 7
If you like to follow live tweets of talks, you’re in luck: my upcoming Virginia Tech talk on blogging will be live tweeted by Brandon Peoples, a grad student there who co-authors The Fisheries Blog. Follow @FisheriesBlog at 1 pm … Continue reading →
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10:29 PM | Petition to stop the slaughter of ravens in Idaho
Petition to stop the slaughter of ravens in Idaho A couple of weeks ago, I came across a small news article explaining that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game had received a permit from the Unit… See on exposingthebiggame.wordpress.comFiled … Continue reading →
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10:21 PM | 80 years on a troubled planet of the apes, and still full of hope… Happy Birthday Jane Goodall! by Madhusudan Katti
That was Jane Goodall two evenings ago, introducing herself to an audience of c.2600 people in Bakersfield, California. Just one of the hundreds of stops she makes as she travels around the world, almost 300 days a year, speaking on behalf of her beloved Chimpanzees and the rest of Nature, and spreading her message of hope […]
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10:01 PM | Nearly 500,000 More Americans Speak Out Against Federal Plan to Strip Wolves of Protections
WASHINGTON— More than 460,000 Americans filed official comments calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to scrap its controversial proposal to remove federal protections from the gray wolf and instead work to advance wolf recovery in the United States. … Continue reading →
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9:50 PM | Sage grouse losing habitat to fire as endangered species decision looms
Wildfire is the predominant cause of habitat loss in the Great Basin. Reseeding burned land to stabilize soils has not restored sagebrush habitat for the endangered greater sage grouse, according to a report in the journal Ecosphere. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering protecting the grouse under the Endangered Species act, which could affect the management of 250,000 square miles of land in the western US.
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8:45 PM | Photo of the Week – April 3, 2014
This week, I present four photographs from one of the timelapse cameras along a restored wetland in our Platte River Prairies.  All four photographs were taken automatically by the camera, and none are particularly striking images, artistically speaking. Nice sales job, eh? … Continue reading →
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7:21 PM | Interpol Urges Joint Action To Stop Tiger Trade
Environmental Investigation Agency Interpol urges global action to stop tiger trade Global police body Interpol on Thursday called for concerted international action to stem the highly lucrative ti… See on havehest.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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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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