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January 31, 2015

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3:12 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 30/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:12 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 30/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

January 30, 2015

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7:36 PM | Reptile rejuvenation at National Zoo
Reptiles have a rough exterior that make them seem like they don’t need a lot of very specific care. The reality is quite the opposite. […] The post Reptile rejuvenation at National Zoo appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:23 PM | Diving Into Florida’s Springs
Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. The Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition is traversing springs country near the Gulf of Mexico and recently explored several of these wonderful windows into the underground aquifer. Our first plunge was into the headspring of the Chassahowitzka River before following the river’s five-mile journey downstream to…
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2:23 PM | Diving Into Florida’s Springs
Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. The Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition is traversing springs country near the Gulf of Mexico and recently explored several of these wonderful windows into the underground aquifer. Our first plunge was into the headspring of the Chassahowitzka River before following the river’s five-mile journey downstream to…
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1:37 PM | Another Popular Tourist Destination
"Michelle Slavin who runs our UNITE (Uganda) [Education] program is visiting at the moment. The program is expanding into a second area, Bwindi where the Mountain Gorillas are to be found." [David M. Jones, NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting Notes] UNITE supports education in general and conservation education as well in parts of Uganda to help eco-tourism help conserve rare animal species.

January 29, 2015

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6:20 PM | Meet The Parasitic Worm That's Killing Giant Pandas
Pandas used to die of starvation, which was easy to resolve. But now they're being plagued by a parasite — and we don't have a vaccine.Read more...
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5:53 PM | Community tourism fills niche around Tambopata National Reserve
When Víctor Zambrano retired from the military and returned to his family’s old homestead outside the fast-growing jungle town of Puerto Maldonado in Peru, he got an unpleasant surprise. Strangers had moved in and cleared the trees to raise cattle. As Zambrano tells it, he ran up the Peruvian flag, chased the invaders off, and set to work planting 19,000 native tree seedlings.
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3:00 PM | Monarch butterflies aren’t quite extinct yet!
The New York Times reports that monarch butterflies migrating from North America to central Mexico appear to be doing better than last year, when the over-wintering colony occupied just 1.7 acres. This year’s survey finds the butterflies have filled 2.8 acres, which seems like a solid improvement until you consider that the peak colony size, […]
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9:14 AM | Reef Roulette
Isn’t coral reef conservation hard enough without having to also constantly re-invent yourself for every swing of the funding pendulum? Well your friends here at Deep Sea News sympathize, so we’ve come up with this handy online answer to your restricted funding woes! Simply spin the wheels below to select your Reef Threat, your Brand […]
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9:14 AM | Reef Roulette
Isn’t coral reef conservation hard enough without having to also constantly re-invent yourself for every swing of the funding pendulum? Well your friends here at Deep Sea News sympathize, so we’ve come up with this handy online answer to your restricted funding woes! Simply spin the wheels below to select your Reef Threat, your Brand […]

January 28, 2015

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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7:42 PM | In Search of the Elusive Saharan Cheetah
  The video above includes rare photographs of Saharan cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki) scentmarking taken by remote cameras in a survey in the Ahaggar Cultural Park in the Algerian Sahara. The survey was conducted by Farid Belbachir, Amel Belbachir-Bazi and Sarah Durant with the support of Zoological Society of London,  Howard G Buffett Foundation, Wildlife…
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5:32 PM | A sanctuary for the abused elephants of Thailand Tucked away in...
A sanctuary for the abused elephants of Thailand Tucked away in a quiet village in Thailand, Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary is a safe home for twelve elephants rescued from the cruelty of the tourist trade and the illegal logging industry. Join us as we meet a few of the sanctuary’s lucky inhabitants and the founder Katherine Connor, who is changing the fate of some very fortunate elephants. By: Earth Touch.
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2:57 PM | Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #22
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi Earlier this month many of us, delighting in the tradition of fresh starts, aligned the 1st of January with change in…
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11:59 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75
Wow! We are almost there! Nearly 860,000 Wild Bird Enthusiasts on our Facebook page and counting… This is the 75th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections I have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and…

January 27, 2015

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9:50 PM | Giant salamander served as dinner at police banquet in China
I guess I just have one question…. Was this really worth it? Chinese police alleged to have eaten endangered giant salamander at banquet. Chinese officials feasting on critically endangered giant salamander turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Man thinks house is being robbed when dog calls cell phone Chicken […]
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12:09 PM | Lion Conservation is Evolving in Maasai Mara
    The chief sat in the shade on a plastic chair that his wives had brought from inside. He was dressed to go out, with his wooden accoutrements– the herding stick and club that every Maasai man usually carries – were laid across his knees. His truck’s engine was running on the other side…
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12:09 PM | Lion Conservation is Evolving in Maasai Mara
    The chief sat in the shade on a plastic chair that his wives had brought from inside. He was dressed to go out, with his wooden accoutrements– the herding stick and club that every Maasai man usually carries – were laid across his knees. His truck’s engine was running on the other side…
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9:08 AM | Expedition: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
This week I am packing my bags in anticipation of my trip to Brazil. Over the next month I will be working in the remote oceanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, supported by the Ciência sem Fronteiras programme of CAPES. I will be updating my Voices Blog regularly every few days with updates of the…
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12:29 AM | Really enjoyed this TED talk about the use of drones for...
Really enjoyed this TED talk about the use of drones for conservation, such as monitoring wildlife and poachers. Also really love the prospect of drones being used to help replant forests (x)

January 26, 2015

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6:26 PM | The Bed Bug’s Piercing Penis (A Guest Post)
By Rachael Pahl Sex is a dangerous, but necessary, part of life. Across the animal kingdom, there are a multitude of things that can go wrong. You could be injured in a fight by someone who wants to steal your mate, or maybe your partner eats you because you’re taking too long. Either way, nature must have a pretty good reason for the traumatizing effects of sex. A male bed bug traumatically inseminates a female. Image by Rickard Ignell at the Swedish University of Agricultural […]

Morrow, E. & Arnqvist, G. (2003). Costly traumatic insemination and a female counter-adaptation in bed bugs, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270 (1531) 2377-2381. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2514

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5:15 PM | Obama Recommends Extended Wilderness Zone in Alaska
Setting aside 12.28 million acres of public land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would seal off from roads and development, including drilling.
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3:45 PM | Float Down the Yampa River with Google Street View
Putting the Yampa River on Google's Street View promotes the conservation of a waterway that has been left largely as nature created it.
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3:06 AM | A Fortress For Cougar Kittens
We suspected F47, an adult female mountain lion followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, was pregnant in Spring of 2013; during the winter, we had caught her on camera consorting with M85, the resident male that overlapped her territory (see Rare Video Footage Shows the Dynamics of Cougar Courtship). In late Spring, F47 began to…

January 25, 2015

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8:35 PM | Will the ocean follow the land? Marine ecosystems at a tipping point to follow terrestrial defaunation
I’m late on this, but still an important story to discuss…a review in Science last week highlights the precipice on which we as a society perch regarding the potential massive loss of marine ecosystems.  The article reviews similar signs in … Continue reading →

McCauley, D., Pinsky, M., Palumbi, S., Estes, J., Joyce, F. & Warner, R. (2015). Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean, Science, 347 (6219) 1255641-1255641. DOI: 10.1126/science.1255641

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