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October 28, 2014

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1:47 AM | An invasive species drives rapid evolution in a native
 Anolis carolinensis male, dewlapping. Photo by Ambika Kamath.In 1959, W.L. Brown and E.O. Wilson proposed the following eco-evolutionary process: two closely-related species come into contact, interact strongly (usually over food and other resources), and thereby experience natural selection to diverge from one another--ecology influences evolution. Then, if such divergence resulted in sufficient resource partitioning, the species’ population dynamics would stabilize and the two (or […]

October 27, 2014

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8:23 PM | GSA Award Essays
Check out the GSA award winners' essays in this month's issue of GENETICS! GENETICS SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEDAL Unanticipated Success Stories: An Interview with Angelika Amon Angelika B. Amon "I would argue that under some circumstances, studying yeast cells is … Read More The post GSA Award Essays appeared first on Genes to Genomes.
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5:45 PM | If you can’t be a good example, be a warning. How EcoInternet’s #Scicomm #Fail can make you a more culturally aware science communicator
When I started grad school I was excited. Excited because I saw the pursuit of knowledge as the this special calling, free of the BS that my friends who worked in corporations or the government or... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:15 PM | Some suggestions for having diverse speakers at meetings
Been having a lot of discussions online in response to my post (Apparently, the National Academy of Sciences thinks only one sex is qualified to talk about alternatives to sex #YAMMM) tracking the awful gender ratio for speakers and session chairs at meetings run by the National Academy of Sciences in their Sackler series.  Some people were asking what one can do to improve gender diversity at meetings so I thought I would post this which I was meaning to do anyway […]
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3:14 PM | The Giant Kangaroos That Didn't Hop
Ask anyone to describe a kangaroo and the word 'hopping' is likely to feature in...
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3:04 PM | 17 foods Americans like that furiners find disgusting and much needed commentary
This is one of those mostly stupid www click bait lists, but inquiring minds just had to know.  Here they are in no particular order.  1. Grits – TPP finds them to be tasteless fodder. To be fair, other cultures have their versions of tasteless fodder too.  So don’t be too quick to point your spatzle/dumpling/yuca stained fingers at grits.  Actually TPP likes yucca better than grits.   2-3. Velveeta cheese/Cheese Whiz – Both of these were counted […]
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3:03 PM | Birdbooker Report 344
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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12:10 PM | Conservation concern for South America’s remarkable endemic dogs
Last year the Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia volume titled Extinct Life appeared in print. I was asked to cover South American mammals, perhaps because they wanted me to write about borhyaenoids,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:05 AM | An updated economics and evolutionary biology reading list and a collection of book reviews
I have updated my economics and evolutionary biology reading list, with a few new additions including John Coates’s The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Gregory Clark’s new book on social mobility and Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind. As before, I have been selective, adding only the best books (or articles) in the area. That said, I […]

October 26, 2014

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9:06 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Dr. Buddhini Samarasinghe and Jargon Wall
Welcome to the thirteenth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing…Dr. Buddhini... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:05 PM | An Epic Geologic Competition in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
VIRGINIA KENDALL, CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (CVNP) — What an absolutely awesome day for geology in the field!!  One of my geologic mentors once told me that “every day in the field is a day of vacation”, and today proved to be just that day.  Late October…temperatures above 60 degrees…with the fall colors everywhere!!  I […]
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8:07 PM | Alu Transposable Elements and the Human Genome
For those not familiar, transposable or mobile elements are segments of DNA that have, or at one time had, the potential for moving about the genome. This occurs either via […]
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6:08 PM | Spineless Giants Track Oceanic Revolutions
We’re fascinated by superlative size. That’s why humungous dinosaurs regularly make headlines, and Carboniferous arthropods – dragonflies and …
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7:00 AM | Mating of western yellowjackets
The following post comes to us from our new President, Staffan Lindgren, who in addition to being a great researcher, takes the time to make natural history observations which are crucial for any entomologist.  On occasion I grab my camera and go out in the garden to see if some photogenic insect or other arthropod […]

October 25, 2014

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9:18 PM | Wooster Geologists return to the Cedar Creek Bog and Excavation Site
WOOSTER, OHIO–Greg Wiles and I got to experience a bit of field archaeology today at the Cedar Creek Mastodon excavation site. Greg’s Climate change class has visited the site and its associated bog twice this semester: once to do some soil probing and exploration, and then again to extract a core from the bog. This […]
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5:39 PM | R. Read and N.N. Taleb advocate religion as a risk-management system: I am not convinced.
My difficult relation with N.N. Taleb’s ideas has been the underlying thread of a significant proportion of posts, and I keep hoping this tension will generate useful insights. However sometimes my will to embrace ideological diversity is shaken vigorously… Rupert…Read more ›
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12:41 PM | John Lawler on Generative Grammar
From a Facebook conversation with Dan Everett (about slide rules, aka slipsticks, no less) and others: The constant revision and consequent redefining and renaming of concepts – some imaginary and some very obvious – has led to a multi-dimensional spectrum of heresy in generative grammar, so complex that one practically needs chromatography to distinguish variants. […]
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8:55 AM | A hummingbird and his man | video | @GrrlScientist
An elderly man takes pleasure in the small things, by sharing his kitchen with a hungry hummingbird in Brasil.Todays caturday video is an amateur video featuring João Silvestrini, a retiree who lives alone in Barretos, Brasil. Seeking to expand his circle of friends, Mr Silvestrini recently joined Facebook. Although he lacks human companions, he clearly has a close relationship with the local hummingbirds. In this video, youll watch as he invites a wild swallow-tailed hummingbird, […]
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8:07 AM | A week of links
Links this week: Cooperation in humans versus apes. In praise of pilots. Are women better decision makers? You can ask about some sex differences. Amazon is doing us a favour. Goodbye book publishers. The logic of failure. The Behavioural Insights Team has lunch with Walter Mischel. Mischel’s work is fantastic and his new book is on […]
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3:03 AM | Apparently, the National Academy of Sciences thinks only one sex is qualified to talk about alternatives to sex #YAMMM
Just got this email from Francisco Ayala:January 9-10, 2015 In the Light of Evolution IX. Clonal Reproduction: Alternatives to Sex Organizers: Michel Tibayrenc, John C. Avise and Francisco J. Ayala Beckman Center of the National Academies, Irvine, CA Evolutionary studies of clonal organisms have advanced considerably in recent years, but are still fledgling. Although recent textbooks on evolution and genetics might give the impression that nonsexual reproduction is an […]

October 24, 2014

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7:46 PM | Information and Structure in Complex Systems
Eight years ago, I had finished my first year of graduate school in math, and I was at a loss as to what to research.  My original focus, differential geometry, was a beautiful subject to learn about, but the open research questions were too abstract and technical to sustain my interest.  I wanted something more relevant to the real world, something I could talk to people about.Looking for new ideas, I took a course in complex systems, run by the New England Complex Systems […]
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5:26 PM | Celebrating Alfred Russel Wallace with … a symposium of straight white men?
2014 marks a century since the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is recognized as co-discoverer, with Charles Darwin, of evolution by natural selection. Appropriately, the University of California Los Angeles is holding a symposium of biologists and natural historians to celebrate Wallace’s life and work. Unfortunately, the panel of speakers chosen for the symposium […]
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2:36 PM | New books party: Books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
Heres a few more books to help you become that modern polymath you want to become.These books arrived recently, either because I purchased them, because a publisher sent them as review copies, or they were gifts from people who know I love books (but who have never seen my groaning bookshelves!). Continue reading...
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2:21 PM | PHLOX news tells it like it isn't
PHLOX news tells it like it isn't because conservatives prefer to hear conservative ideology and rhetoric rather than facts, and as a result the political debate is getting more polarized because the other end of the political spectrum prefers more factual reporting of the news. Too bad this means conservatives are ignoring reality, living in their own Reaganland, itself a fantasy construct. Perhaps you suspected this, or else you think this another conspiracy by the left-wing media elite, […]
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1:00 PM | What we’re reading: The color of cichlids, projected genomes, and simplifying NSF proposals
In the journals Albertson RC, KE Powder, Y Hu, KP Coyle, RB Roberts, and KJ Parsons. 2014. Genetic basis of continuous variation in the levels and modular inheritance of pigmentation in cichlid fishes. Molecular Ecology, 23: 5135–5150. doi: 10.1111/mec.12900. … … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Stuff online, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to be naturally selected” edition
This week at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense: In the movies and on TV, only bad guys evolve. Because it’s what you do, not what you are. Why douchebag is the anti-white-supremacist slur for our time. Is Minneapolis the new … Continue reading →
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4:48 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A pair of molded nautiloids from the Upper Ordovician of northern Kentucky
Two nautiloids are preserved in the above image of a slab from the Upper Ordovician of northern Kentucky. (I wish I knew which specific locality. This is why paleontologists are such fanatics about labeling specimens.) The top internal mold (meaning it is sediment that infilled a shell now dissolved away) has been covered in a […]

October 23, 2014

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8:59 PM | Rare disease expert Kym Boycott joins the GENETICS editorial board
We’re pleased to announce that Kym Boycott (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) has joined the GENETICS Editorial Board. Following Editor-in-Chief Mark Johnston’s call for submissions of human genetics research, Dr. Boycott is a welcome addition to the board’s growing list of editors with expertise … Read More The post Rare disease expert Kym Boycott joins the GENETICS editorial board appeared first on Genes to Genomes.
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8:49 PM | Dinosaur Noses Are Cool
Nearly a century ago, while working in the 75 million year old rock of Alberta, Canada, the professional …
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8:39 PM | Evolution: A Third Way? slide presentation/video
Or watch on youtube? Filed under: alternative evolution Tagged: a third way, alternative to Darwinism, epigenetic caterpillar, epigenetics, evolution, Lamarck
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