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September 09, 2014

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10:19 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
In-depth series investigates worker misclassification; NIOSH observes N95 Day; fast food workers take to the streets; and California moves toward paid sick leave law.
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9:47 PM | MYScience: A newer faster cheaper easier BETTER open access journal
Tired of being rejected from PLoS ONE, PeerJ, and Arxiv?Don’t want to reformat for the next journal?Annoyed by referee and editor comments?Irked by suggestions that your paper is better suited for some other journal?Bothered by arguments to reduce text and transfer things to supplementary appendices?Wearied by having to select only a few relevant references?Irritated at having to submit your data to an online database?Chuffed to say what you want how you want as long and as often as you […]
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5:39 PM | Helping trees adapt to climate change possible but a huge task
Wild ThingsPlants,Conservation by Sarah Zielinski 2:00pm, September 9, 2014 One idea for dealing with climate change is to help species adapt by moving them to areas with more suitable climates. Such a project would be possible with trees, a new study concludes, but it would require a massive amount of seedlings.Nikola Ostrun/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)The world is warming pretty fast, and many species […]
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12:00 PM | Where do you eat lunch? And does it matter?
Lunch culture seems to vary a lot from place to place. I will admit to sometimes eating lunch at my desk, even though it is seems a highly unusual thing at European universities. But these days it is rare for me to do that, partly because most people aren’t and partly because it is just…
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11:00 AM | The silent extinction risk of Data Deficient amphibians
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ‘Red List’ is designed to help conservationists and policy-makers keep track of . . .
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12:48 AM | From Pine Beetles to Disappearing Glaciers, NASA Scientists Tell of “Dramatic” Planetary Changes
Recent studies show that global warming didn't stop during the past 10 years, it accelerated. "Dramatic" planetary changes are happening now. Continue reading →

September 08, 2014

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11:51 PM | Interns Summer in Review, Part 1: From the University to the Field
During the 2013 spring semester, I registered for the Surveying for Engineers class at my college. The class was not required for my Environmental Science major, which caused my advisor to question why I would want to take it. I told him that thirteen years earlier, on a summer walk with my mom, I saw … Continue reading »
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10:36 PM | What you don’t know could hurt you: Petition asks EPA to limit duration of chemical trade secret claims
It may come as a surprise to those not familiar with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – the primary law that regulates chemicals used in the US that go into products other than cosmetics, drugs and pesticides – to learn that about 15,000 chemicals on the TSCA inventory have their identities claimed as trade secrets.
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10:16 PM | NC State University Found to be the Most Diverse College Campus in North America
Several years ago, we started paying more attention in our lab to what was going on biologically near at hand. This transition would eventually lead us into backyards, then houses, then colons, but it stared with North Carolina State University’s campus. The campus is at what was once the western edge of the city of Raleigh, a city whose location was chosen by its originators as a function of its nearness to a bar. And yet despite this idiosyncratic origin, Raleigh has proven to be an […]
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4:29 PM | #IAmANaturalist reclaim the name campaign celebrates natural history research
Are you a naturalist? Join the grassroots effort to rec […]
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4:16 PM | Using a Tree as a Giant Diffuser for Macro Photography
I want to start by acknowledging the irony in this post.  As someone who has spent a lot of time killing trees in prairies and urging others to do the same, it’s pretty funny that this post is all about the … Continue reading →
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4:08 PM | Animals are dying off 1,000 times FASTER now that humans are present
Now that humans are on the scene, species are dying off as much as 1,000 times faster than they did 60 million years ago, according to a new US study. Continue reading →
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2:59 PM | Birdbooker Report 337
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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1:59 PM | Nothing Gold Can Stay
The American goldfinch (Spinus tristis), like many animals, changes colors over the course of a year. In the summer, male goldfinches dress in bright gold with black patches on their wings and head – like an avian superhero. When winter comes, the goldfinch molts those bright feathers and assumes his mild-mannered alter ego again. Only a little patch of yellow on his throat remains. The female goldfinch (pictured) isn’t as flamboyant as her partner in the summer. But she’ll […]
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1:22 PM | Ecology Letters now allows preprints; and why this is a big deal for ecology
As announced by Noam Ross on Twitter (and confirmed by the Editor in Chief of Ecology Letters), Ecology Letters will now allow the submission of manuscripts that have been posted as preprints. Details will be published in an editorial in Ecology Letters. I want to say a heartfelt thanks to Marcel Holyoak and the entire […]
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12:00 PM | This device can improve your quality of life
It’s easier to get work done if we use time efficiently and work to stay healthy. If I had to give a recommendation for something that can help out with those two things, near the top of the list would be: use a pressure cooker. Don’t have time to cook a real dinner? With a pressure cooker, you do. If…
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11:00 AM | Where do you look for academic jobs in ecology?
It’s job season! If you’re on the market for an academic position, where do you look?* Here are the resources I know of. Suggest others in the comments! Ecology and Evolution-specific resources: Ecology jobs wiki, 2014-2015 edition Ecolog evoldir More … Continue reading →
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8:27 AM | Tristan Adventure 2: why am I here?
Why, one might ask, would a Canadian scientist working in the UK travel via South Africa to the most remote inhabited island in the world? The answer involves 19th-century British garrisons, fishing boats in Brazil and Namibia, Napoleon, a helicopter, and my mad Photoshop skillz. Tristan da Cunha comprises 4 main and 2 smaller islands.  […]
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6:20 AM | After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly
The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to protect species like the monarch, and protect them, now, before it’s too late. Continue reading →
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1:00 AM | The Logic of Real and Complex Numbers
I’ve always liked logic. I studied it a bunch in high school and college. Nowadays it’s a kind of hobby. I turn to it for relief sometimes when I become frustrated trying to figure out what I can do about global warming. Lately I’ve been digging a bit deeper into the logic behind the real […]

September 07, 2014

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10:13 PM | What is the meaning and role of the “sacred” in the design and management of urban green space and the building of cities that are both green and livable?
       
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7:56 PM | Inviting You to Collaborate with Nature to Transform Your City
In the many current discussions about how to make cities more resilient, the potential roles of citizens and urban nature are largely overlooked. There are exceptions, including Krasny and Tidball’s work on civic ecology and that of a number of … Continue reading →
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7:42 PM | A brief history of animal death in space
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 3:43pm, September 7, 2014 Baker, a squirrel monkey, survived a 1959 trip into space on a Jupiter rocket with her rhesus monkey colleague Able. Many other animals, though, have not been so lucky.U.S. Army/Wikimedia CommonsBack in July, Russia launched a satellite into space that carried a harem of geckos so scientists could study sex in weightlessness. But […]
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2:32 PM | The alternate take
Come on, couldn’t they have at least put this one on the inside of the album jacket? I mean, it was a double album after all. Not that the best album in the history of rock and roll needed anything … Continue reading →
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1:11 AM | How a Fraction of Farm Subsidies Could Save 10,000 Species
Originally posted on strange behaviors:Saffron toucanet If Brazil shifted just 6.5 percent of its present agricultural subsidies to reforestation, it could save its precious Atlantic Forest–and incidentally benefit farmers, by improving pollination and pest control.  Here’s the press release…

September 06, 2014

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10:12 PM | Why collinearity matters, or doesn’t matter
This makes sense to me Why collinearity matters. pic.twitter.com/NZD9xMupXb — Trey Causey (@treycausey) September 6, 2014 But then there’s this reply, from someone who knows a lot more than I do. @treycausey @adolfoalvarez I argued that collinearity is "overrated" here: … Continue reading →
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11:03 AM | Murmuration over Otmoor | @GrrlScientist
Tens of thousands of starlings produce spectacular sky shows with their movements at sunset as they gather together every evening during autumn and winter.September has arrived, so you all know what that means: the beginnings of huge bird flocks in autumn and winter! Just as humans spend more time congregating in pubs in autumn and winter, starlings also gather together in large numbers at these times. Every evening as the sun sets, small groups of a dozen or so individual birds follow aerial […]
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6:11 AM | USA poll finds renewable energy favoured far more than coal, gas, nuclear power
The survey found that voters would favor political candidates by a two-to-one margin who favor more wind and solar energy development over those who think the state’s reliance on coal, gas and nuclear power is adequate. Continue reading →
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5:15 AM | Warming oceans could impact krill, foundation of marine food chains
Originally posted on The ocean update:Credit : Wikipedia, Creative Commons August 22sd, 2013 (UPI). PLYMOUTH, England — Antarctic krill, tiny creatures that are of major importance in marine food chains, are likely to be affected by warming ocean temperatures,…
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5:02 AM | Majority of Threatened African Amphibians May be ‘Invisible’ Under Climate Change
Simple presence/absence trends are lacking for most species. Continue reading →
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