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April 23, 2014

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2:00 PM | Away from home: Making graphene flakes in a kitchen blender
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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1:41 PM | Rather very far foresight
This blog is about foresight. And here is a nice site on foresight of the more ambitious kind: Centauri Dreams – Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration. Thinking in the long run, Earth may be hit by a asteroide of the size that wiped out the dinosaurs approximately every 100 million years (at least according to […]
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1:38 PM | Tennessee’s Jekyll and Hyde Moment: Should Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs Be Treated as Criminals?
Should pregnant women who use drugs be charged as criminals or given help? From a public health perspective the choice is clear: provide treatment to help women quit drugs before their use harms their child. Less than a year ago, Tennessee adopted a progressive policy to provide such treatment, but now is on the brink of taking a big step back.
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1:00 PM | Scanning the genome for local adaptation
One of the most obvious and important applications of evolutionary genetics is in figuring out whether natural biological communities are going to be able to adapt to global climate change. The projected rate of climate change over then next century … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Readers Write In: Alabama Cottonmouth or Copperhead?
Cottonmouth or copperhead? I ran across this guy near the beginning of an 11 mile bike ride this evening. I was looking for a stick to see if he would assume the cottonmouth position when I noticed the neighbor's dog approaching.  Not wanting to endanger the dog or the snake, I got back on the bike and induced the dog to chase me. I'm thinking moccasin because I've seen similar juveniles with
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12:00 PM | The Blog Québécoise: Niche Constructed Community Monopolization
Community monopolization. Evolutionary monopolization. Cultural Monopolization. In this post, I hope to weave these concepts together into a unified whole by means of an analogy based on Québec and its politics. The early bird gets the worm. This simple statement is the universal acknowledgement that, when resources are limited, the first individual to arrive at a given location will – all else being equal – obtain the most resources. This monopolization of resources by […]
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11:30 AM | Guest post: A career as an ecologist at a governmental agency
Note from Meg: This post is an email interview I conducted with Dr. Wendy Morrison.* Wendy works for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I know her from when she was a PhD student at Georgia Tech, and … Continue reading →
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8:36 AM | Update: Plant Health News (23 Apr 14)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the postharvest pathology of beans, a reduction in the proportion of shade grown coffee and the filamentous fungus that may be effective at controlling sugarcane nematodes. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news! Rwanda in Tea […]

April 22, 2014

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9:35 PM | The most widespread snake in the world
This post will soon be available in Spanish!Global distribution of snakesSnakes are found in almost all parts of the world, with the exception of New Zealand and Ireland, the polar regions, the Atlantic Ocean, and some very urban areas. Many species are very widespread. Pelagic Sea Snakes (Pelamis platurus) are probably found over the greatest percentage of the Earth's surface, although they are entirely marine. On land, Ring-necked Snakes (Diadophis punctatus) and Racers (Coluber […]
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7:26 PM | Celebrating Earth Day in 2014
Me and milkweed fruit - my #NatureSelfie for #EarthDay. Nash Turley, a naturalist, photographer, musician, and PhD student in evolutionary ecology at the University of Toronto, snapped this shot in Ithaca, NY, in 2011. He tweeted, "Everyday is Earth Day; the fact that the calendar says today is 'Earth Day' doesn't really mean anything to me. Sort of like how aboriginal cultures don't have a word for 'nature' because they didn't see themselves as separate from nature….the fact that we […]
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7:06 PM | Our Biases in the Gulf’s Recovery from the Oil Spill
Last month, I set out to write a fairly basic story about the Gulf oil spill and whether the oil really caused deformities in fish. I first called an oil chemist to get some background on how oil... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:37 PM | Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)
Sign the petition to urge your representatives and leaders in forest and wildlife management to act now to protect and connect wild places. See on org2.salsalabs.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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5:54 PM | Corr Syl vs. Alex Maypole
Science fiction reports possibilities.  The novel Corr Syl the Warrior introduces an Earth on which intelligence appeared long before humans. Corr Syl, Alex Maypole, and Rock, Paper, Scissors The m… See on garryrogers.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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5:40 PM | Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated, experts warn
Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward… See on … Continue reading →
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5:16 PM | U. S. National Park Week: April 19–27
Celebrate National Park Week April 19th – 27th and discover the natural, historical, and cultural treasures in America’s 400+ national parks.Filed under: Nature Conservation Tagged: Nature Conservation
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3:55 PM | MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on 3D Printing and the DIY Spirit
Bre Pettis is the CEO of MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers, which he co-founded in 2009. Pettis also co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven.  Read more
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3:55 PM | MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on 3D Printing and the DIY Spirit
Bre Pettis is the CEO of MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers, which he co-founded in 2009. Pettis also co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven.  Read more
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3:22 PM | Obama’s regulatory czar, Yoda and black lung disease
The US Department of Labor has a plan to eliminate coal mine dust lung disease (a.k.a. black lung.) It's been stuck in White House review for eight months, under the watch of a reg czar who promised timeliness of reviews.
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2:00 PM | Save the bees, but maybe not this way
I’m all for saving bees. Heck they’re some of the most important players in the plant systems I study. No bees means no sex for my plants, so there’s that. And I generally have a soft spot for bees. While I was an undergraduate my first real experience in research was working in Mark Winston’s […]
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1:25 PM | Our Earth Day stories…What’s yours?
At CABI we spend a lot of time researching some of the most extreme challenges facing the environment, and supporting livelihoods that depend on the environment with programmes like Plantwise. Each year the international community celebrates Earth Day on April 22nd, to draw public attention to some of these challenges like climate change, food insecurity, loss […]
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1:08 PM | Dragon Kings and the predictability of crises
In a TED talk “How we can predict the next financial crisis”, ETH socio-physicist Didier Sornette discusses the possibility of the prediction of extreme events in complex social or biophysical systems and presents examples where this is possible, and how. His argument is based on the notion that extreme events – termed “dragon kings” – […]
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11:58 AM | An Adjusted Aesthetic and Reflections on Portraying Change
I have long admired the work of Stephen Packard.  His book  The Tallgrass Prairie Restoration Handbook (co-authored with Cornelia Mutel), for example, is a classic among restoration practitioners.   More importantly, he observes, reflects, and shares his thoughts in ways that influence … Continue reading →
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11:23 AM | Film on scientists gets national award
Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.  Read more
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11:23 AM | Film on scientists gets national award
Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.  Read more
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10:55 AM | No forest is an island? Except, maybe, the ones that are.
Advice to new graduate students in ecology: the Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography will almost undoubtedly appear on your general . . .
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5:30 AM | ‘Ferns have not bowed to the ages’
When I started my undergrad, botany was something of an afterthought – I just needed a third course to go along with chemistry and zoology, which had been my mainstays in A Levels. But once I sat down in Dr … Continue reading →
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2:02 AM | The Future of Discovery
In March 2014, Rob spoke at TEDxSantaCruz, explaining how much we don’t know about the species living on us, in us and around us – the life, large and small, inhabiting our belly buttons, our foreheads, our homes, our backyards. He shared the approach we’re taking at Your Wild Life (and in our new Students Discover education initiative) to harness the power of the public – via citizen science – to make real discoveries about these species with whom we share our […]

April 21, 2014

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11:21 PM | Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 112 – The Polar Bear
“Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all.  It’s our reality” Bill McKibben Global warming – Is it really a myth or an absolute reali… Garry Rogers:We might still … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | A Study Break
Science fiction reports possibilities.  The novel Corr Syl the Warrior introduces an Earth on which intelligence appeared long before humans. A Study Break.  One morning as Corr sat at his table list… Here’s a story about the child Corr Syl. … Continue reading →
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7:24 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
This months marks the fourth anniversary of deadly workplace disasters in West Virginia and the Gulf of Mexico; after coming under pressure from activists, Walmart has changed its policy regarding accommodations for pregnant workers; and two California nurses were stabbed in separate incidents on the same day.
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