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March 06, 2015

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1:00 PM | The fish are swimming north, leaving fishermen behind
Anchovies aren’t just useful for pizza toppings. Together with sardines and mackeral, they are some of the most economically valuable fisheries in Europe. They also exist at a critical spot in the marine food web: they eat up all the plankton, and bigger fish, marine mammals, and seabirds chow down on them. These fish are known
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10:37 AM | Butterflies of India – Commander (Moduza procris)
Commander is one of the most beautiful butterflies in India. You may spot this vividly coloured butterfly right from Southern Western Ghats to North Eastern regions. The brilliant reddish brown on its upper side will attract your attention easily.  Usually seen along forest roads, water courses, open places and even close to villages, especially if its larval host plant Mussaenda is
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12:02 AM | Reduce Your Energy Bill By Keeping In The Heat
Heating and cooling account for 48 percent of the energy use in the average U.S. home and is the largest energy expense, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports an average cost … Continue reading →

March 05, 2015

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10:17 PM | Help PleaseI’m trying to build a physical device that will...
Help PleaseI’m trying to build a physical device that will have wheels on it for keeping track of values. The wheel would be turned manually though (ie use your finger to move each wheel to the right number). You might have had a game as a kid that had something like that to keep track of the score. Does anyone have any idea what those things are called?! (Or where I could buy some?!) I’ve been googling for 30 minutes without success. Thanks.
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7:54 PM | Fossil Sheds Light on Early Human Evolution
The discovery of a fossilized lower jaw bone in Ethiopia has pushed back evidence of the human genus — Homo — to 2.8 million years ago. The find predates all previously unearthed fossils of the Homo lineage by approximately 400,000 years. For decades, scientists have been searching in Africa for fossils documenting the earliest phases […] The post Fossil Sheds Light on Early Human Evolution appeared first on EH Science.
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7:50 PM | boredpanda:3D Art Museum In Philippines Lets You Become A Part...
boredpanda:3D Art Museum In Philippines Lets You Become A Part Of Their Art From a museological perspective, this is kind of genius. Many museums are struggling to create more interactive exhibits, which can be particularly difficult for art museums. This idea, while not for every institution, is really a very clever idea, out of the box thinking, and capitalizes on the selfie craze (which helps promote the museum). All in all, really impressive. 
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7:42 PM | laughingsquid:Daniel Koren Performs a Smooth Jazz, A Cappella...
laughingsquid:Daniel Koren Performs a Smooth Jazz, A Cappella Cover of Nirvana’s Song ‘Lithium’ Can’t decide if I love this or hate this. Or if it’s somewhere in the middle.
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7:41 PM | Drilling Down into the Connection Researchers are Making Between Climate Change and Conflict
The Carbon Brief, a UK website created in 2011, is a destination for many seeking non-partisan information and analysis on climate change related news and research. I like the neutral tone of the articles and the comprehensive perspective it offers on controversial issues, such as the state of the science on polar bears and, in a similar vein, the growing body of research explaining the "hiatus," a term commonly used to describe a slowdown in the rate of the […]
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7:39 PM | imadeit-davidjanes:3D Printing - Monetization Issues. The first...
imadeit-davidjanes:3D Printing - Monetization Issues. The first time I read about 3d printing (around 10 years ago), this was basically how I envisioned it. Also, the first time I read about it was about the “RepRap Project”, which endeavors specfically to create a 3d printer that can print other printers. The versions they have out can print a lot of the 3d printer, but still not 100% - mostly electronic parts must be bought (and the whole thing requires assembly, including the […]
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5:56 PM | Lake Mead “bathtub ring”
One of the members of my brain trust was speculating idly the other day about how different the Colorado River dialogue might be if the hydro-geo-chemistry of the bathtub ring was different – if the dropping water didn’t leave a white mark, letting you see how much Lake Mead has dropped, letting people like me ...Continue reading ‘Lake Mead “bathtub ring”’ »
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5:50 PM | Announcing my book: Ladders to Heaven
I have spent the past ten years writing a book about an extraordinary group of plants that have affected humanity in profound yet little-known ways. I am therefore delighted to announce today that Unbound will publish Ladders to Heaven: How fig trees shaped our history, fed our imaginations and can enrich our future. These trees […]
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5:30 PM | rtamerica:‘95% genetically male’ gives birth to miracle twinsIn...
rtamerica:‘95% genetically male’ gives birth to miracle twinsIn the rarest case ever recorded in medical history, a 32-year-old Indian woman who was diagnosed to have 95 percent male chromosomes has given birth to healthy twins following three years of fertility treatment.“This is akin to a male delivering twins,” fertility specialist Sunil Jindal told AFP. “It’s nothing short of a medical miracle. We are really happy that we could pull it off.”The […]
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5:16 PM | Bravo, Ringling Brothers, for Taking Elephants Out of Circuses
The elephant, for more than a century a circus icon, is moving out of center ring.
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3:44 PM | #Sciart: Tweeting the Greatest Gallery on Earth
If you don’t recognize the hashtag above or if yo […]
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2:40 PM | DNA Barcode Conference Plenary - Jana Vamosi
Here is number two in our series of guest posts written by the Plenary Speakers for the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference.Jana Vamosi hails from the BC West Coast with a PhD from the University of British Columbia. She then went eastward for a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary:I am a biodiversity scientist who is exercised by the idea of functional diversity. Our understanding of the functional roles […]
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2:00 PM | Electric car buyers, beware of extreme weather
Should you buy an electric car? The answer might depend on whether you live on the balmy California coast or in the freezing Midwest. According to a new study, the regional climate can make a big difference in an electric vehicle’s energy consumption. Many environmentally-minded consumers are drawn to the idea of buying an electric
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2:00 PM | Apples and Tomatoes: Comparing Community Gardens and Municipally Sponsored Urban Agriculture
A review of Public Produce: Cultivating our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities. Darrin Nordahl. Island Press. September 2014. ISBN: 9781610915496. 224 pages. When Darrin Nordahl first published Public Produce: the New Urban Agriculture in 2009, most urban agriculture took place in community gardens, backyard gardens, and urban farms. Since then, local municipalities have developed numerous … Continue reading Apples and Tomatoes: Comparing Community Gardens and […]
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1:48 PM | From the inbox: DNA Metabarcoding Spring School
The fifth DNA metabarcoding Spring School at BiałowieżaDNA metabarcoding is a rapidly evolving method for assessing biodiversity from environmental DNA. It has a wide range of applications: biodiversity monitoring, animal diet assessment, reconstruction of paleo communities, among others. DNA metabarcoding relies on molecular techniques such as PCR and next generation sequencing, and requires bioinformatics and biostatistics competence to analyze sequencing results. This approach […]
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4:12 AM | Rio Grande forecast improves, but that’s not saying much
It says something about the drought on New Mexico’s Rio Grande in recent years that a forecast of 67 percent of average runoff into Elephant Butte Reservoir is good news. That’s the mid-point of the preliminary forecast sent around to New Mexico water managers and stakeholders today by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The forecast ...Continue reading ‘Rio Grande forecast improves, but that’s not saying much’ »
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12:49 AM | I'm Pretty Sure Tumblr is Making You a Creative Genius
I'm Pretty Sure Tumblr is Making You a Creative Genius: Some recent research at Northwestern University suggests that creative genius is aided by a distracted mind. The study suggests that creative people with “leaky” sensory gating [“the propensity to filter out “irrelevant” sensory information”] may have a propensity to deploy attention over a wider focus or a larger range of stimuli."If funneled in the right direction, these sensitivities can make […]

March 04, 2015

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11:41 PM | Many Thanks!
Hey everyone, This is my 2,000th post! W00t! Also, I recently passed 70k followers, which still blows my mind. I’m extremely grateful to all my followers, and a special shout-out to those people who consistently like, reblog, and especially comment. Y’all are a big part of my inspiration for keeping this going, so thank you all so much!Also, I recently moved back to Seattle and am looking for a job. If anyone has any connections with educator positions or museum positions […]
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11:05 PM | obitoftheday:What would they make of a rotary? Guess that makes...
obitoftheday:What would they make of a rotary? Guess that makes me a fossil, lol
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10:36 PM | scienceyoucanlove:A paralyzed woman has flown a fighter jet...
scienceyoucanlove:A paralyzed woman has flown a fighter jet using only her mindThis is a HUGE step forward for mind control.FIONA MACDONALDA 55-year-old quadriplegic named Jan Scheuermann has successfully used nothing but her thoughts to control an F-35 fighter jet and a single-engine Cessna in a flight simulator. The achievement is the result of two years of training as part of the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionising Prosthetics program.DARPA director Arati […]
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10:04 PM | Narrow Media Coverage of Study linking Climate Change to Syria Conflict Misses Fractious Debate on a Field's Scholarship
This week a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) received widespread media coverage.  The paper's takeaway was tweeted by all those reporting on it. The drought that sparked Syria’s civil war has been linked to climate change. My story: http://t.co/UOTb50ye0B pic.twitter.com/nIcPD6rb9J — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 2, 2015 New study, out today, provides strongest links yet between global warming and conflict […]
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9:17 PM | AMACRQ: How do you pronounce “CAP” and “SNWA”?
The latest edition of Inkstain’s infrequent* Ask Me a Colorado River Question feature comes via Paolo Bacigalupi, and it wasn’t quite phrased as a question, but I’m hoping to resurrect the feature. I’ve always said “cap” for CAP and “snee-wah” for SNWA. But I have no idea why. Odd and embarrassing. @jfleck @waterwired @jonnypeace — Paolo ...Continue reading ‘AMACRQ: How do you pronounce “CAP” and […]
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8:00 PM | Encountering the Urban Forest
For all the critical scholarship that is written about the harnessing of volunteer labor in caring for urban trees (see, e.g., Perkins 2009), it never squared with my experience of engaging in stewardship. Following attendance at a human geography panel on ‘powerful objects’, I came to realize that my leisure practices were missing from my … Continue reading Encountering the Urban Forest →
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7:19 PM | Eco Jihadis Of The Climate Industrial Complex
President/General Eisenhower warned the nation and the world in the 1950’s of the danger of the emerging Military Industrial Complex and it’s like. Eisenhower noted... The post Eco Jihadis Of The Climate Industrial Complex appeared first on Russ George.
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5:30 PM | futurescope: Introducing “Spot” - Boston Dynamics newest...
futurescope: Introducing “Spot” - Boston Dynamics newest robodog Awww… Look at this little Google fella. How cute it is, nearly galloping up the stairs! I bet the altruistic Spot from an alternative universe lives a happy life as an ambitious corporate coffee boybot, equipped with a sweet & delighful Pixar-like frontend interface driven by a devoted & humble AI. Our futures, however, are lost. All of them. Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and […]
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4:53 PM | How Muscles Work, an Infographic
This infographic about how our skeletal muscles work was created by the talented Eleanor Lutz, whose work we have featured before here on EH Science. As Lutz explains on her popular blog, Tabletop Whale, “I love GIFs as an art form, so this month I tried making an infographic GIF. It’s a 25-frame stop motion animation […] The post How Muscles Work, an Infographic appeared first on EH Science.
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4:34 PM | DNA Barcode Conference Plenary - Nancy Knowlton
Over the coming weeks we will release a series of blog posts about the Plenary Speakers for the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference, to promote interest and awareness of the scope of this meeting. These contributions will be posted through the Conference website as well as here on my blog.From each plenary speaker we requested a short post about their research. This could be a short summary of their overall research program or a more targeted piece about a particular research project […]
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