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November 10, 2014

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11:33 AM | Postdoc leave policies (guest post)
Note from Jeremy: This is a guest post by Margaret Kosmala, a postdoc in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Note from Margaret: This is the first post in a mini-series examining the enormous variation in U.S. postdoc leave benefits. … Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | Science and technology at the heart of agricultural development
Reposted from devcooperation.org in celebration of World Science Day By Dr Dyno (J.D.H.) Keatinge, AIRCA Chair and Director General of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, and Dr Trevor Nicholls, AIRCA Steering Committee Member and CEO of CABI Science may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of development but […]
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11:00 AM | Tales from the job search II - The Crossing of the Desert
Last time, I told the story of my application to French academic jobs, the really weird process of applying and interviewing, and (ultimately) the rejection. After taking a few months to think about it, I decided to apply to more “standard” positions. My main motivation was (still is) that I wanted more teaching, and more interactions with students, than the French system usually offers. There were a few jobs openings at this time, and I went through the process of putting together […]
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12:55 AM | Africa: Bringing More International Pressure to Bear On Wildlife Crime
[IPS]Quito -A surge in wildlife crime is fuelling criminal syndicates, perpetuating terrorism, and resulting in the loss of major revenues from tourism and industries dependent on iconic species while also endangering the livelihoods of the rural… Source: allafrica.com GR:  Does … Continue reading →
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12:53 AM | Praise Conservation of Free-Tailed Bat Colony
The Mexican free-tailed bat is a precious treasure to Crescent Hills and it is vital that we continue to work to conserve this species. Thank you for your valuable efforts to secure the land and protect these bats. Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | ‘By live voice’ – how to plan for and get through your viva
“Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.” Daniel Burnham The viva or thesis defence is a daunting obstacle. It’s built up so much that you feel as if your previous three years of work hinge on how you perform for one morning/afternoon. Despite all the reassurances I was offered I was hugely nervous before it. That […]

November 09, 2014

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11:34 PM | Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions
Oil, coal and gas companies are contributing to most carbon emissions, causing climate change and some are also funding denial campaigns. Continue reading →
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11:11 PM | Developer Coalition Attempts to Strip Tasmanian Forest Protection
Since 1985 more than half Australia's Great Barrier Reef’s coral has been lost, with remaining coral cover predicted to be lost with two degrees of warming through climate change. Continue reading →
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7:57 PM | Weekly facts and quotes, 11/3 – 11/9
Monday For memory is so necessary that Plato was right to call it a great and mighty goddess – in my part of the world they actually say a man ‘has no memory’ to mean that he is stupid. When … Continue reading →
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6:17 PM | New Campaign Aims to Make the Fur Industry a Thing of the Past
Emy Will:MAKE FUR HISTORY Originally posted on Life or Lunch?: Forced to live and die in the most unbearable conditions imaginable, today’s large scale fur industry results in the confinement and slaughter of millions of animals every year. Source: emynow.wordpress.comFiled under: Animal … Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | The Emerald Necklace: Metropolitan Greenspace Planning in Los Angeles and Beyond
Introduction Mike Houck Urban Greenspaces Institute In winter 2009, Houston Wilderness hosted an inaugural meeting of what would become the Metropolitan Greenspace Alliance.  Today the Alliance is a national coalition of coalitions working in ecologically, culturally, and economically diverse communities … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | World governments failing Earth’s ecosystems, says top conservationist
Governments are lagging behind on international commitments to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, with politicians failing to grasp that economic growth depends upon environmental protection, the head of the world’s leading conservation organisation has warned. Continue reading →

November 08, 2014

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6:55 PM | Unrelated to all that, 11/8 edition
The Beauty of the Network in the Brain and the Origin of the Mind in the Control of Behavior Behavior is not adequately described as a stimulus-response process. It is initiated by the animal and is generated because of its … Continue reading →
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3:38 PM | Top Ten Weirdest Looking National Birds
Did you know that countries have national birds? Here's our countdown of some of the weirdest looking national birds from all around the world.
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10:04 AM | Beauty pageants for chickens | video | @GrrlScientist
Indonesia is home to a tiny breed of chickens that are kept and bred purely for ornamental reasons. So of course, that means their human caregivers must hold a beauty pageant where these diminutive birds can strut their stuff.Todays caturday video captures the relationship between people and birds. But, as is true for all birds, these birds are special. The birds in this video are a tiny breed of bantam chickens, ayam serama, which originated in the Malaysian state of Kelantan roughly 50 years […]

November 07, 2014

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10:53 PM | San Francisco women firefighters take part in first study on firefighting exposures and breast cancer
In the span of just a couple years, five of Heather Buren’s colleagues at the San Francisco Fire Department were diagnosed with breast cancer. At first, Buren thought the diagnoses were part of the unfortunate toll that comes with age. Still, something felt amiss — “it just felt so disproportionate to me,” she said.
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2:44 PM | New books party: Books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
This week, I share my initial impressions of three wonderful hot-off-the-presses science books that just arrived in the mail; two books are about genetics and one is a diary by a citizen scientistThis week, several new books arrived that have made me so excited that I could barely tear myself away from reading them long enough to share my impressions with you. All of the books that I share with you today should be on everyones holiday gifts lists and on your reading lists! Continue reading...
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2:11 PM | Tristan Adventure 4: an island without birdsong
I’ve spent a good chunk of the last 10 years working on seabird islands.  During the breeding season, birds look for the safest spot to raise their young, and this often means they find themselves on coastal cliffs, offshore islands, and remote parts of the world.  This natural order of things is thrown on its […]
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2:00 PM | Happy as a clam, despite genetic uniformity
  Introduced populations of non-native species are often associated with low genetic diversity, as measured by neutral genetic loci, and, thus, considered a paradox (but see Roman and Darling 2007). The study by Lise-Marie Pigneur and colleagues documents an extreme example … Continue reading →
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1:59 PM | Photo of the Week – November 7, 2014
It’s been a busy week, capped off by two days helping staff and volunteers with a bison roundup at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve.  The bison in the Preserve’s two herds are pretty much left alone all year except … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Recommended reads #39
There’s a site named Shit My Reviewers Say. Which has a bunch of heartless and unsubstantiated zingers that folks discover in their reviews. There are a several gems. Wayne Maddison wrote a wonderful, brief obituary for Herbert Walter Levi, “one of the grand arachnologists of the 20th century.” There was an absurdly absurd op-ed in the…
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12:59 PM | Who cares about neuroscience?
Not the public, really: Cliodhna O’Connor and Helene Joffe at UCL in London have just published in-depth interviews with 48 members of the British public and their main finding is that people mostly feel that neuroscience is irrelevant to them. … Continue reading →
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11:51 AM | Just enough fat is good for an elephant seal
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 7:30am, November 7, 2014 Two female elephant seals face off during the breeding season at Año Nuevo State Reserve in California. While on land, elephant seals use up fat stores that they replenish out at sea, improving their buoyancy so they can spend less energy swimming and more time foraging, a new study finds.Steve Jurvetson/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)In […]
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11:49 AM | Friday links: everything old is new again, and more
Also this week: how to become really highly cited, robot statistician, universities vs. brands, and more. From Jeremy: We’re a bit late to this: the 100 most cited scientific papers ever. See how many you can guess before clicking through. … Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | A Spark of Science
Why are some snakes more venomous than others? When did plate tectonics begin? What geological mysteries await our discovery on Mars? How do organisms build their own bodies? How do businesses manage biodiversity? These are just some of the interesting and diverse Lightning Talks which were presented at a recent event in the School of Natural Sciences. Researchers from the disciplines of Botany, Geology, Geography and Zoology had just two minutes to present their work to colleagues and friends. […]

November 06, 2014

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10:13 PM | Twice as many work-related skull fractures than government estimate
Michigan State University researchers Ken Rosenman, MD and Joanna Kica, MPA provide a reality check on the incidence of work-related skull fractures.
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6:58 PM | FLUMP -Protected Areas, Most Cited Papers, Insect Phylogeny Resolved, Marine Diversity and More
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .
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6:19 PM | Highlights from the 2014 Ecological Genomics Symposium
Ecological genomics is a rapidly growing field that aims to understand the genetic mechanisms responsible for the adaptive responses of organisms to their environment. I’m jumping into this area of research as a postdoc in the Kelly Lab at Louisiana … Continue reading →
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4:53 PM | Words of wisdom and scientific career advice
Given that SfN is coming up for a lot of neuroscientists, I thought I might post a bit of a document I keep concerning career advice I have found. I try to peruse it at least once a month to … Continue reading →
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4:46 PM | This Baby Otter Learning How to Swim Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today
Originally posted on TIME:You may not have known how much you needed this video of a baby otter swimming, but the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sure did. The Chicago-based aquarium has welcomed this little fellow to their facilities and now you can welcome the pup into your heart. You can thank us later. Pup…
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