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August 06, 2014

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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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10:11 PM | Scientists Explain How Arctic Warming is Wrecking Our Weather and Pushing World To Rapidly Cross Climate Tipping Points
The arctic region is warming more quickly than the rest of the planet. Thus, the temperature differences between the pole and the lower latitudes is shrinking. Extreme weather of greater duration is the result. Much greater changes are looming as permafrost warms and a great methane escape from the arctic shelf approaches. The scientists believe we can't wait to phase out fossil fuel burning. Continue reading →
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9:50 PM | Ketchup bottle for sale
Yesterday I took a picture of what seemed like a relatively nice looking water tower: Well that’s nice and all but it’s child’s play my friends. Today the internet informed me that an elevated, 170 ft tall ketchup bottle is … Continue reading →
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6:09 PM | Indigenous Seed Savers Agree to Fight Climate Change With Crop Diversity
The world has lost 75 percent of its crop diversity in the last 100 years, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Continue reading →
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5:41 PM | White House OKs Underwater Seismic Surveying
It is ludicrous that fossil fuel prospecting is given priority over marine life. Continue reading →
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5:29 PM | Tested on animals
Filed under: Awesome, Sports, Whatever
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5:03 PM | Birdbooker Report 332
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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4:52 PM | Fish biodiversity protects coral reefs
Science Bulletins: Fish Biodiversity Protects Coral Ree […]
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4:08 PM | US Fish and Wildlife Service Ending Neonic and GMO Use in Most National Wildlife Refuges
The US Fish and Wildlife Service will terminate use of Neonics and GMOs in most wildlife refuges by 2016. Let’s hope this is the start of a change across the US Department of the Interior, the largest manager of US public lands. It will be a struggle; Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta, and the other large producers of pesticides and/or GMOs will oppose the change with millions of dollars spent on politicians and leaders of the Interior Department’s nine bureaus. Continue reading →
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4:02 PM | Big Time Teachers, Deep Time Science
It’s been a couple weeks since we parted ways with the tightly knit cohort of Students Discover teacher-scientists. After three weeks of intense training at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, these 12 middle school teachers are ready to make history engaging their students in real scientific research. Three teachers teamed with a researcher from each of four labs in the Nature Research Center to develop a research question that students in their classrooms will help to answer. […]
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3:49 PM | Botany 2014 – Model checking, data cleaning, and phylogenies galore
I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the colloquium on Phylogenetic Comparative Methods organised by John Schenk at Botany this year. I’m not really a botanist (shhh!), but I’m glad I attended: lots of cool talks, and lots of nice people. Stephen Smith‘s talk really impressed me; he addressed the tendency for […]
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