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August 07, 2014

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11:47 AM | Self-promotion in science: poll results and commentary
At this point we’ve probably gotten about as many responses as we’re going to get to our poll on self-promotion in science. Thanks to everyone who took the poll! Here are the results, with some commentary. First, as a commenter … Continue reading →
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1:49 AM | The future of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program
Notwithstanding the fact that this should have been a full recovery plan, and that FWS has to divorce the highly imperiled lobos from its ill-conceived plan to delist gray wolves nationally, there are also some critical problems with the new proposal itself that conservationists will want to note. Continue reading →
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12:42 AM | Canadians Can’t Drink Their Water After 1.3 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Flows into Rivers
A breach in a tailings pond from the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine sent five million cubic meters (1.3 billion gallons) of slurry gushing into Hazeltine Creek in B.C. Continue reading →
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12:17 AM | NOAA: Ocean Acidification Rises, Shells Shrink
build-up of acid in waters prevents species developing their calcium shells. Alaska’s salmon stocks are also at risk as one of the main ingredients of a salmon diet are pteropods, small shell creatures. Continue reading →

August 06, 2014

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11:05 PM | The Great Sunflower Project
we started this project as a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations and to give you the tools to learn about what is happening with the pollinators in your yard. Continue reading →
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10:39 PM | Yosemite: Wildlife threatened by shrinking snowpacks, drought, wildfires
The national park grapples with a hot, dry future.  Fires and reduced surface water are changing wildlife habitats.  Some species will not survive the changes. Source: america.aljazeera.comFiled under: Climate Change Tagged: Climate Change, Wildlife
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10:12 PM | History of fire and drought shapes the ecology of California, past and future
Fire season has arrived in California with vengeance in […]
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9:59 PM | Africa: U.S. Support for Combating Wildlife Trafficking
U. S. leadership may not be enough. Animal parts are in such high demand in Asia that illegal trade will continue . Celebrity leadership is increasing and may be the only tool we have for changing cultural behavior. Continue reading →
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9:40 PM | Study: Trees save 850 lives every year, prevent thousands of health complications (seriously!)
Next time you pass a tree, you might want to give it a second thought. Maybe even a hug. One day, that tree might just help save your life.
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9:25 PM | Wordless Wednesday August 6
Tagged: cow, nature, summer, trees, Wordless Wednesday
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6:29 PM | Testosterone! Aggression!
Could low testosterone be what made us modern humans?! The hormone, associated with both biologically male characteristics and aggression, makes skulls grow those heavy brows we associate with our evolutionary ancestors…The key, the researchers claim, could be found in the feminized skulls that became more prevalent around that time. A rounder face in humans isassociated […]
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5:43 PM | Speak up for California’s Tricolored Blackbirds – Audubon California
Ask the Fish and Game Commission to protect our Tricolored Blackbirds Responding to an alarming drop in the rare bird’s numbers, the California Fish and Game Commission this Wednesday will consider an emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird under the … Continue reading →
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4:50 PM | Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret–Livestock Impacts
a very cogent and articulate argument against meat/dairy consumption. Continue reading →
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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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