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April 18, 2015

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1:04 PM | Top Ten Animal Reactions to Earth Month is for the Animals
We're helping to protect wildlife and here's what the animal kingdom has to say about it!

April 17, 2015

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9:49 PM | CDC: American youth now use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product
In just a year, electronic cigarette use has tripled among American teens. And considering that no one really knows what the related health impacts are and any regulatory framework is lagging far behind the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, public health advocates say it’s time for action.
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5:21 PM | Photo of the Week – April 17, 2015
We are behind on our burn schedule this year.  The weather hasn’t been great for carrying out safe and effective burns, so we’ve only gotten a few done.  Our prescribed fires are always part of broader management plans, often including … Continue reading →
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5:16 PM | Labor group outlines significant flaws in chemical reform bill, joins growing list of opponents
The AFL-CIO joins a growing list of organizations which have raised serious concerns---or outright oppose---the Vitter/Udall bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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2:29 PM | Dix faits amusants sur les renards
Nous allons partager avec vous des faits amusants à propos des renards, ils sont des animaux fascinants.
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2:00 PM | The brave new world of environmental genomics
A new special issue of Heredity reflects on the recent advances in environmental genomics (see other posts about eDNA here and here) and highlights the ways NGS can aid in characterizing complex biological systems. The cryptic, as well as the rare but active … Continue reading →
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12:59 PM | Before you plant this spring, consider the birds
Wild ThingsEcosystems,Ecology by Sarah Zielinski 10:00am, April 20, 2015 Cardinals were one of the most common species found in urban Chicago backyards. But the types of plants grown affected which birds made their homes there.T. SiegfriedCities are brimming with wildlife. There are coyotes, bats, insects and, of course, birds, to name a few. Of those groups, the birds are probably the […]
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12:40 PM | Earthworms at the Morgan Arboretum
This is a post written by undergraduate student Jessica Turgeon – she’s finishing up a project about earthworms. When I was a child, you could always find me either in a tree or in the dirt. I liked to follow the ants up into the trees and back down again, where I would switch over […]
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12:10 PM | New Books Party: books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
Before heading out to a tropical island for your summer holidays, you might be interested to learn more about the critical role that islands play in the evolution of new species. Today, I share two important books with you, both of which explore the importance of islands as “natural laboratories” of evolution and ecologyThe Theory of Island Biogeography (Princeton Landmarks in Biology) by Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson [220 pages, Princeton University Press; 2001; Guardian […]
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11:53 AM | Friday links: surviving science, the ultimate citation, why everything is broken, and more
Also this week: depressing news on gender balance in major scientific awards, when trainees go bad, the history of the passive voice, and more. Oh, and identify any insect with this one handy picture. :-) From Meg: While I was … Continue reading →
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9:32 AM | Butterfly fervour
I had wanted to share some of these photos about half a year ago (or slightly more than that). These were taken at the Insectarium in our Ecogarden. It was a September morning, and the first time I stepped into the Insectarium. Mr Tan, our dedicated gardener, gave me a guided tour. It was exciting… Continue reading »
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8:40 AM | Productivity!
A few months ago in our weekly NERD club we ran a session on dealing with stress. Part of this session revolved around what made us stressed, and one of the big problems was feeling like we had too much to do and too little time to do it. To follow up on this, this week we looked at how to be more productive. Many of our discussions revolved around the ideas presented here and here. What makes us less productive? The causes of our lack of productivity varied across career stages and […]
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8:24 AM | Closing the gender gap for a food-secure future #AgGenderGap
In the video below, inspiring women share their views on closing the gender gap in farming under climate change. Filed under: Video Tagged: aggendergap, climate change, food security, Gender, women

April 16, 2015

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10:53 PM | Not an “accident”: Ronald Lee MacKnight, 39, suffers fatal work-related injury in Farr West, UT
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on April 13, in Weber County, UT.
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3:46 PM | Experts counting down to the “triple COPs” of the Rotterdam, Stockholm and Basel Conventions
Three international conventions address issues related to chemicals and hazardous waste at the global level: the Stockholm Convention seeks to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants; the Rotterdam Convention supports information exchange on hazardous chemicals and ensures that trade in certain hazardous chemicals only occurs with countries’ prior informed consent; and […]
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3:45 PM | EPA U. S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory for 2013: Coal Burning Increased
The 20th annual EPA report on greenhouse gas emissions arrived this morning. It shows that total U. S. emissions increased by 2% from 2012 to 2013. The increase was due to greater energy production, mainly from burning coal. Continue reading →
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2:37 PM | Tracking Kleptomaniac Cats
Aya the cat has an interesting secret life, to say the least. When we started tracking outdoor cats with Cat Tracker in Raleigh/Durham to see where they were going when they weren’t lazily sitting on their human’s porches… we never expected that one of the cats that would sport a GPS unit would be a famous kleptomaniac living in Copenhagen. Three-year-old Aya is a Danish cat; a semi-serious looking black male cat with a penchant for work gloves. It all started innocently […]
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2:00 PM | dN(eutralist) < dS(electionist) Part 5
The neutral theory predicts that species with small census (and effective) population sizes are subject to greater drift (or allele frequency fluctuations), and vice versa. In other words, species with larger population sizes are expected to maintain more neutral diversity … Continue reading →
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1:04 PM | A Tree Hitched to the Universe
A wee garden in a windy city From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and darting, biodiversity spills into and out of my garden. It burrows beneath the lawn, slithers … Continue reading A Tree Hitched to the Universe →
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11:19 AM | Advance Reviews for Corr Syl the Terrible
Corr Syl the Terrible by Garry Rogers is a very interesting tale about characters descended from animals who are living with humans on earth. Continue reading →
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11:17 AM | Citrus canker – a threat to orange production in Pakistan
Last week, key players in Pakistan’s orange production came together for the first Orange Exporters Awards, organised by the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Association and the Department of Plant Protection. During this meeting, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, announced that orange farms in the Sargodha region of […]
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11:01 AM | What if coauthors disagree about what their ms should say? (UPDATED)
In a recent interview, Richard Lewontin talks about how he and the late Stephen Jay Gould came to write their famous polemic “The Spandrels of San Marco” (ht Small Pond Science). Basically, Lewontin says all the polemical bits were by … Continue reading →
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6:28 AM | Special journal issue “Feeding 9 billion by 2050: challenges and opportunities”
In its April edition, the journal ‘Food Security’ presents a series of papers presented at an OECD meeting on “Feeding 9 billion by 2050: challenges and opportunities”. The articles cover a range of topics related to future food security, ranging from general outlooks over the debate of sustainable intensification to water, the role of fish, […]
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2:41 AM | Don’t Abandon the Passive Voice in Scientific Writing for the Sake of Storytelling
If you’ve written a scientific paper recently, I’m willing to bet that, during the writing/editing process, someone told you to avoid writing in the passive voice (unless you’d already heard this advice before, and avoided it from the start!). This … Continue reading →
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1:19 AM | Abraham Lincoln Obsessed Over His Dog and Other Animals
Originally posted on Emilio Cogliani:When he was elected to the White House in 1860, Abraham Lincoln left his beloved dog Fido with friends. And it turns out Lincoln was like more than a few of us whose pets have…
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1:00 AM | Kinetic Networks: From Topology to Design
Here’s an interesting conference for those of you who like networks and biology: • Kinetic networks: from topology to design, Santa Fe Institute, 17–19 September, 2015. Organized by Yoav Kallus, Pablo Damasceno, and Sidney Redner. Proteins, self-assembled materials, virus capsids, and self-replicating biomolecules go through a variety of states on the way to or in […]
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12:00 AM | Long road for a new worker safety regulation, wait may finally be over
More than two decades have passed since OSHA promised to issue a rule to protect construction workers from confined space hazards. What did OSHA do during that time to fulfill that promise?

April 15, 2015

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8:26 PM | How many manatees live in Florida?
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 4:30pm, April 15, 2015 Manatees aren’t always this easy to see. A new method of estimating their abundance promises to be more accurate that the aerial surveys currently used by the state of Florida.Keith Ramos/USFWS Endangered Species/Flickr (CC-BY 2.0)The ability to blend in with the background is often a lifesaving quality for an animal. But when […]
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7:50 PM | ESA Policy News April 15: California orders new water restrictions, EPA moves to protect pollinators, NOAA initiates algal bloom ‘early warning system’
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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6:55 PM | How Did the Elephant Cross the Road?
Find out how the animals at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy get around safely!
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