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November 27, 2014

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8:16 PM | Man’s Best Friend, Saving Africa’s Wildlife -...
Man’s Best Friend, Saving Africa’s Wildlife - Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Conservation South Africa is working with farmers and researchers to find solutions to the conflict between farmers and predators so that people and nature can thrive together. Human wildlife conflict is as old as humanity and in Namaqualand in South Africa sheep and goat farmers are losing an estimated R1.4 billion rand annually through livestock to depredation, Conservation South Africa (CSA) is working with […]
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4:02 AM | Ocean Things to Be Thankful For: Megalodon is Dead, but We Still Have Sharks (and Whales)
This time of year, it’s appropriate to think of things to be thankful for.  This being an ocean-focused blog, I’d like to share something ocean-related that I’m thankful for, and hopefully spread a little Ocean Optimism in the process.  What I’m thankful for is that Carcharocles megalodon is extinct.  This may not seem like cause […]

November 26, 2014

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9:15 PM | Explorers’ Hearts Full This Thanksgiving
National Geographic explorers kicked off their Thanksgiving celebrations by sharing with us some of the things they are grateful for. From nightly raccoon visits to the smell of the ocean, our explorers continue to remind us to cherish the earth and celebrate the world around us.
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6:39 PM | Google+ Hangout: Get to Know India’s Curious Big Cats
As part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, several National Geographic big cat researchers, photographers, and conservationists (including me) are joining together for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC). This is your chance to get your questions about these beautiful, fascinating, and highly endangered animals answered by those of us…
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6:39 PM | Google+ Hangout: Get to Know India’s Curious Big Cats
As part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, several National Geographic big cat researchers, photographers, and conservationists (including me) are joining together for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC). This is your chance to get your questions about these beautiful, fascinating, and highly endangered animals answered by those of us…
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3:32 PM | New calendar celebrates primates and raises money for their survival
Humans, or Homo sapiens sapiens, are really just upright apes with big brains. We may have traded actual jungles for gleaming concrete and steel ones, but we are still primates, merely one member of an order consisting of sixteen families. We may have removed ourselves from our wilder beginnings, but our extant relatives—the world's wonderful primates—serve as a gentle living reminder of those days.

November 25, 2014

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10:17 PM | Blu-ray solar power
  So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second […]

Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C. & Huang, J. (2014). Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management, Nature Communications, 5 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517

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10:17 PM | Blu-ray solar power
  So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second […]

Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C. & Huang, J. (2014). Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management, Nature Communications, 5 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517

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10:17 PM | Blu-ray solar power
  So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second […]

Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C. & Huang, J. (2014). Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management, Nature Communications, 5 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517

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7:33 PM | Meet the world's rarest chameleon: Chapman's pygmy
In just two forest patches may dwell a tiny, little-known chameleon that researchers have dubbed the world's most endangered. Chapman's pygmy chameleon from Malawi hasn't been seen in 16 years. In that time, its habitat has been whittled down to an area about the size of just 100 American football fields.
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5:21 PM | Mapping and Protecting the Biggest Cat in the Americas
The once unassailable jaguar now survives in a few pockets throughout North and South America. Explore an interactive map to reveal the corridors that connect these populations and are key to their livelihood. Then join us for a Google+ Hangout to explore the world of big cats for yourself.
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5:00 PM | Confronting the Rhino in the Room
Jaclyn Skurie explains the complex situation in South Africa, where preserving land and wildlife sometimes clashes with humanitarian crisis.
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5:00 PM | Confronting the Rhino in the Room
Jaclyn Skurie explains the complex situation in South Africa, where preserving land and wildlife sometimes clashes with humanitarian crisis.
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1:07 PM | INTERPOL Asks Public to Help Nab Environmental Crime Fugitives
On November 17, for the first time in its history, INTERPOL asked the public to assist in the capture of environmental crime fugitives. The landmark public appeal falls under INTERPOL’s Operation Infra Terra, launched in October and targeting 139 criminals from 36 nations. INTERPOL—the International Criminal Police Organization—is the world’s largest international police organization, with…

November 24, 2014

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5:02 PM | Guest Post: reducing paper waste in university settings
Today’s post comes from Nikunj Sharma, a 4th year student at Amity University in India.  He is working on biodiesel from microalgae and is also interested in energy economics and sustainable development.  His post highlights issues of paper waste with some … Continue reading →
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4:20 PM | Camera-Traps Detect "Extinct" Wallabies In Western Australia
Using strategically placed camera-traps, conservationists in Australia have found signs of spectacled hare wallabies — a species that hasn't been seen in the area for the past 10 years. Read more...

November 23, 2014

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9:50 PM | Polar Bear Dreamland at NC Zoo
Went deep into my russlings archives to find the earliest reference I could find to the very-recently opened expansion of the polar bear exhibit here. By mid-2008 the funding was already committed by State and NC Zoo Society. "The new "Rocky Coast" exhibit will provide needed space and holding facilities for a larger, breeding group of polar bears at the Zoo."
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7:00 PM | A Study of Biodiversity in the World’s Cities
What are the global patterns of biodiversity the world’s cities?  Are urban spaces biologically homogeneous and depauperate, or do they harbor significant native biodiversity?  These are the questions of a collaborative study of biodiversity in the world’s cities. For several … Continue reading →

November 22, 2014

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9:08 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 21/11/2014
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”. This week: Deeply […]
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9:08 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 21/11/2014
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”. This week: Deeply […]
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10:40 AM | Shelf Life: 33 Million Things | @GrrlScientist
Natural history museums are many things, but they are not peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.Natural history museums are many things but they are not, as I was sometimes told, peopled exclusively with dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things.In fact, most natural history museums are modern research institutions filled with a vast […]

November 21, 2014

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9:08 PM | EPA Clean Power Plan Explained!
What to give thanks for this year….my wife, the Milwaukee Bucks, doughnuts…or how about the leaders of two world superpowers coming together and agreeing on new carbon emission reduction standards for 2030!  Oh, and when I say superpower, I mean … Continue reading →

Fowlie, M., Goulder, L., Kotchen, M., Borenstein, S., Bushnell, J., Davis, L., Greenstone, M., Kolstad, C., Knittel, C., Stavins, R. & Wara, M. (2014). An economic perspective on the EPA's Clean Power Plan, Science, 346 (6211) 815-816. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261349

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10:27 AM | It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your...
It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your partners in conservation! Dennis is doing incredible work in Malapascua and I’m honoured to support him in protecting the island’s reefs. After years of friendship we’ve both grown into the conservation professionals that can work together and achieve some really great outputs. Today was a big day. The dream discussed over many years and beers - forming multi-stakeholder partnerships to regulate and protect […]
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10:27 AM | It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your...
It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your partners in conservation! Dennis is doing incredible work in Malapascua and I’m honoured to support him in protecting the island’s reefs. After years of friendship we’ve both grown into the conservation professionals that can work together and achieve some really great outputs. Today was a big day. The dream discussed over many years and beers - forming multi-stakeholder partnerships to regulate and protect […]

November 20, 2014

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8:52 PM | What is it like in a day of a wildlife biologist?
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12:04 AM | #WorldParksCongress wraps up #WPCMarine
I worked some of the longest days of my career at World Parks Congress and dealt with a variety of event teething issues never experienced before. On the upside, I met some amazing people (including the wonderful Sylvia Earle, who I interviewed for our webtv channel) and worked with a great team from the French […]

November 19, 2014

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11:59 PM | Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction
A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental […] The post Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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11:29 PM | Jane Goodall: 5 reasons to have hope for the planet
Jane Goodall is not only arguably the most famous conservationist who ever lived, but also the most well-known and respected female scientist on the planet today. Her path to reach that stature is an unlikely as it is inspiring. Told to 'never give up' by her mother, Goodall set out in her 20s to pursue her childhood dream: to live with animals in Africa. By the time she was 26 she doing just this.
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2:00 PM | Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies’ Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm than Good
Migratory monarch butterfly populations have fallen into a tailspin in recent years. Scientists fear that in a classic case of good intentions gone awry, efforts to help the beleaguered butterflies may be inadvertently making matters worse by changing their behavior.
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12:57 AM | 5 Ways to Protect the Reefs While Having Fun on a Dive
5 Ways to Protect the Reefs While Having Fun on a Dive: Scuba divers can have a negative impact on...
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