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April 18, 2015

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4:31 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/04/2015
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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4:31 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/04/2015
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 […]

April 17, 2015

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5:29 PM | Women Lead on Conservation in Nepal
"Women do most of the work in rural communities, they are the ones collecting firewood or fodder from the forests or fetching water from the faraway spring. Given how connected women are to nature, they are the most knowledgeable about natural resources and their connection to better livelihoods. Communities without empowered women are missing the backbone that strengthens them and helps them climb out of poverty."
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5:29 PM | Women Lead on Conservation in Nepal
"Women do most of the work in rural communities, they are the ones collecting firewood or fodder from the forests or fetching water from the faraway spring. Given how connected women are to nature, they are the most knowledgeable about natural resources and their connection to better livelihoods. Communities without empowered women are missing the backbone that strengthens them and helps them climb out of poverty."
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3:19 PM | A New Tool for Conservation Genetics: Seal Placentas
It’s a sad fact that as members of a species become rarer they tend to suffer from inbreeding. This lack of genetic diversity can lead to birth defects and other problems, making a species even more... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:14 PM | The downfall of coal: job trends in a changing energy landscape
Recent years have not been good to the coal industry. Through the 20th century, the industry had a strong clamp on electricity generation with coal-fired power plants littering the US landscape. Electricity demand had been growing steadily, and coal executives … Continue reading →

Haerer, D. & Pratson, L. (2015). Employment trends in the U.S. Electricity Sector, 2008–2012, Energy Policy, 82 85-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.03.006

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12:10 PM | New Books Party: books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
Before heading out to a tropical island for your summer holidays, you might be interested to learn more about the critical role that islands play in the evolution of new species. Today, I share two important books with you, both of which explore the importance of islands as “natural laboratories” of evolution and ecologyThe Theory of Island Biogeography (Princeton Landmarks in Biology) by Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson [220 pages, Princeton University Press; 2001; Guardian […]

April 15, 2015

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5:51 PM | The Secret Life of Orchids – Part II: Pollinators
Orchids are beautiful, but their beauty can be deceiving. Most orchids don’t have any nectar, yet they cheat their pollinators into thinking that they do […] The post The Secret Life of Orchids – Part II: Pollinators appeared first on Smithsonian Science News.
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4:57 PM | Conversations on conservation: how can science better inform policy?
New threats to Europe’s birds and habitats directives highlight broader tensions – and opportunities – at the interface between conservation science and policy. Two years ago, the conservation community celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, which currently protects more than 1,400 plant and animal species across the United States and its territories. It’s one of the strongest and oldest laws for protecting biodiversity passed by any nation, and […]
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2:43 PM | Hope for the Future of Curaçao’s Coral Reefs
Curaçao is one of the most culturally vibrant places I’ve been – a melting pot of the Caribbean. Papiamentu, the local dialect, reflects this diversity with its inclusion of Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and African languages.  Underwater, Curaçao is similarly diverse and vibrant, with one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. But, as…
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2:12 PM | Island Biogeography Revisited online bookclub: ch 1 | @GrrlScientist
Some of the comments from my bookclub provoked by opening chapter of Island Biogeography Revisted, an assessment of the continuing impact of MacArthur and Wilson’s seminal work, The Theory of Island BiogeographyThe first meeting of the BiK-F/Senckenberg Museum science book club took place outdoors in the garden, where we enjoyed one of the first warm and sunny days of the year whilst we ate lunch and listened to birdsongs. Although several members of the book club were traveling and could […]
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12:19 PM | Eyes on Environment: the organic side of fracking
“Let’s begin with a riddle – what do insecticides, make-up removers, and antiperspirants have in common with hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, the booming industrial process that removes natural gas from underground shale formations? The answer – organic compounds contained in … Continue reading →

Ferrer, I. & Thurman, E. (2015). Chemical constituents and analytical approaches for hydraulic fracturing waters, Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 5 18-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.teac.2015.01.003

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12:19 PM | Eyes on Environment: the organic side of fracking
“Let’s begin with a riddle – what do insecticides, make-up removers, and antiperspirants have in common with hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, the booming industrial process that removes natural gas from underground shale formations? The answer – organic compounds contained in … Continue reading →

Ferrer, I. & Thurman, E. (2015). Chemical constituents and analytical approaches for hydraulic fracturing waters, Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 5 18-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.teac.2015.01.003

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12:00 PM | Boy Plants Are From Mars …..
Biology concepts – sexual dimorphism, plants, monoecious, dioecious, pistil, stamen, floral scent, ecology, ecological selectionCharles Darwin missed the boat on linking his sexual and natural selection in animals to plants as well. This is odd because he was quite the botanist and spent many years studying grasses and such with his son. The parallels between selection in plants and animals might have strengthened his initial argument, but there would still be dissent about the descent of […]

Davis, S., Dudle, D., Nawrocki, J., Freestone, L., Konieczny, P., Tobin, M. & Britton, M. (2014). Sexual Dimorphism of Staminate- and Pistillate-Phase Flowers of Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet) Affects Pollinator Behavior and Seed Set, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093615

HEMBORG,. & BOND, W. (2005). Different rewards in female and male flowers can explain the evolution of sexual dimorphism in plants, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85 (1) 97-109. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00477.x

Bonduriansky, R., Maklakov, A., Zajitschek, F. & Brooks, R. (2008). Sexual selection, sexual conflict and the evolution of ageing and life span, Functional Ecology, 22 (3) 443-453. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01417.x

Pickup, M. & Barrett, S. (2011). Reversal of height dimorphism promotes pollen and seed dispersal in a wind-pollinated dioecious plant, Biology Letters, 8 (2) 245-248. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0950

Okamoto, T., Kawakita, A., Goto, R., Svensson, G. & Kato, M. (2013). Active pollination favours sexual dimorphism in floral scent, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1772) 20132280-20132280. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2280

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12:00 PM | Boy Plants Are From Mars …..
Biology concepts – sexual dimorphism, plants, monoecious, dioecious, pistil, stamen, floral scent, ecology, ecological selectionCharles Darwin missed the boat on linking his sexual and natural selection in animals to plants as well. This is odd because he was quite the botanist and spent many years studying grasses and such with his son. The parallels between selection in plants and animals might have strengthened his initial argument, but there would still be dissent about the descent of […]

Davis, S., Dudle, D., Nawrocki, J., Freestone, L., Konieczny, P., Tobin, M. & Britton, M. (2014). Sexual Dimorphism of Staminate- and Pistillate-Phase Flowers of Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet) Affects Pollinator Behavior and Seed Set, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093615

HEMBORG,. & BOND, W. (2005). Different rewards in female and male flowers can explain the evolution of sexual dimorphism in plants, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85 (1) 97-109. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00477.x

Bonduriansky, R., Maklakov, A., Zajitschek, F. & Brooks, R. (2008). Sexual selection, sexual conflict and the evolution of ageing and life span, Functional Ecology, 22 (3) 443-453. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01417.x

Pickup, M. & Barrett, S. (2011). Reversal of height dimorphism promotes pollen and seed dispersal in a wind-pollinated dioecious plant, Biology Letters, 8 (2) 245-248. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0950

Okamoto, T., Kawakita, A., Goto, R., Svensson, G. & Kato, M. (2013). Active pollination favours sexual dimorphism in floral scent, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1772) 20132280-20132280. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2280

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12:00 PM | Boy Plants Are From Mars …..
Biology concepts – sexual dimorphism, plants, monoecious, dioecious, pistil, stamen, floral scent, ecology, ecological selectionCharles Darwin missed the boat on linking his sexual and natural selection in animals to plants as well. This is odd because he was quite the botanist and spent many years studying grasses and such with his son. The parallels between selection in plants and animals might have strengthened his initial argument, but there would still be dissent about the descent of […]

Davis, S., Dudle, D., Nawrocki, J., Freestone, L., Konieczny, P., Tobin, M. & Britton, M. (2014). Sexual Dimorphism of Staminate- and Pistillate-Phase Flowers of Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet) Affects Pollinator Behavior and Seed Set, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093615

HEMBORG,. & BOND, W. (2005). Different rewards in female and male flowers can explain the evolution of sexual dimorphism in plants, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85 (1) 97-109. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00477.x

Bonduriansky, R., Maklakov, A., Zajitschek, F. & Brooks, R. (2008). Sexual selection, sexual conflict and the evolution of ageing and life span, Functional Ecology, 22 (3) 443-453. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01417.x

Pickup, M. & Barrett, S. (2011). Reversal of height dimorphism promotes pollen and seed dispersal in a wind-pollinated dioecious plant, Biology Letters, 8 (2) 245-248. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0950

Okamoto, T., Kawakita, A., Goto, R., Svensson, G. & Kato, M. (2013). Active pollination favours sexual dimorphism in floral scent, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1772) 20132280-20132280. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2280

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12:00 PM | Boy Plants Are From Mars …..
Biology concepts – sexual dimorphism, plants, monoecious, dioecious, pistil, stamen, floral scent, ecology, ecological selectionCharles Darwin missed the boat on linking his sexual and natural selection in animals to plants as well. This is odd because he was quite the botanist and spent many years studying grasses and such with his son. The parallels between selection in plants and animals might have strengthened his initial argument, but there would still be dissent about the descent of […]

Davis, S., Dudle, D., Nawrocki, J., Freestone, L., Konieczny, P., Tobin, M. & Britton, M. (2014). Sexual Dimorphism of Staminate- and Pistillate-Phase Flowers of Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet) Affects Pollinator Behavior and Seed Set, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093615

HEMBORG,. & BOND, W. (2005). Different rewards in female and male flowers can explain the evolution of sexual dimorphism in plants, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85 (1) 97-109. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00477.x

Bonduriansky, R., Maklakov, A., Zajitschek, F. & Brooks, R. (2008). Sexual selection, sexual conflict and the evolution of ageing and life span, Functional Ecology, 22 (3) 443-453. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01417.x

Pickup, M. & Barrett, S. (2011). Reversal of height dimorphism promotes pollen and seed dispersal in a wind-pollinated dioecious plant, Biology Letters, 8 (2) 245-248. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0950

Okamoto, T., Kawakita, A., Goto, R., Svensson, G. & Kato, M. (2013). Active pollination favours sexual dimorphism in floral scent, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1772) 20132280-20132280. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2280

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12:00 PM | Boy Plants Are From Mars …..
Biology concepts – sexual dimorphism, plants, monoecious, dioecious, pistil, stamen, floral scent, ecology, ecological selectionCharles Darwin missed the boat on linking his sexual and natural selection in animals to plants as well. This is odd because he was quite the botanist and spent many years studying grasses and such with his son. The parallels between selection in plants and animals might have strengthened his initial argument, but there would still be dissent about the descent of […]

Davis, S., Dudle, D., Nawrocki, J., Freestone, L., Konieczny, P., Tobin, M. & Britton, M. (2014). Sexual Dimorphism of Staminate- and Pistillate-Phase Flowers of Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet) Affects Pollinator Behavior and Seed Set, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093615

HEMBORG,. & BOND, W. (2005). Different rewards in female and male flowers can explain the evolution of sexual dimorphism in plants, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85 (1) 97-109. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00477.x

Bonduriansky, R., Maklakov, A., Zajitschek, F. & Brooks, R. (2008). Sexual selection, sexual conflict and the evolution of ageing and life span, Functional Ecology, 22 (3) 443-453. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01417.x

Pickup, M. & Barrett, S. (2011). Reversal of height dimorphism promotes pollen and seed dispersal in a wind-pollinated dioecious plant, Biology Letters, 8 (2) 245-248. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0950

Okamoto, T., Kawakita, A., Goto, R., Svensson, G. & Kato, M. (2013). Active pollination favours sexual dimorphism in floral scent, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1772) 20132280-20132280. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2280

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1:47 AM | Media Fail: A Toad Panic Ensues
    I see a lot of news articles that incite fear and panic about amphibians and reptiles, but this one might take the cake. This article, which warns pet-owners of a giant toad that will kill dogs, came to my attention because of an e-mail Theresa Stratmann sent to me. The story was getting a lot of attention and she was concerned that even though it is really only about one specific species of

April 14, 2015

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9:36 PM | Primate Survey Raises Question: Are Uganda’s Northernmost Chimps Vanishing?
We set out to confirm whether chimpanzees remain in northern Uganda, and which other primates are supported by the magnificent Otzi Mountains on the South-Sudanese border. Here's what we found.
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9:36 PM | Primate Survey Raises Question: Are Uganda’s Northernmost Chimps Vanishing?
We set out to confirm whether chimpanzees remain in northern Uganda, and which other primates are supported by the magnificent Otzi Mountains on the South-Sudanese border. Here's what we found.
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1:50 PM | Expedition in the Congo rediscovers lost primate
The last time there was a sighting of Bouvier's red colobus disco was all the rage, the Internet was non-existent, and Madonna still referred solely to the mother of God. But then the African monkey vanished and conservationists feared it had gone extinct—a victim of the bushmeat trade. For years, research groups called for an expedition to find out if Bouvier's red colobus still survived.
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9:00 AM | Have gorillas really inbred themselves into the future?
By Anne Buchanan and Ken WeissBBC Earth headline: "Inbreeding Makes Mountain Gorillas Genetically Healthy." We are so tempted to add an exclamation point to that, but we won't.  Anyway, you know it's there, whether we add it or not. Everyone 'knows' that inbreeding is bad; what a juicy story!And, to summarize, the story is this: Mountain gorillas are an endangered species, surviving now in just two small groups in central Africa, a total population of only about 800 individuals. […]
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8:00 AM | Redux: Not One More Winter in the Tipi, Honey
This post originally ran July 14, 2011.  NOMWITTH, however, hasn’t changed, not one bit. There are a lot of ways to shrink a carbon footprint. Bike instead of drive. Eat low on the food chain. You know the drill. Where I live, in the boondocks of Colorado, a lot of people — myself included, but […]
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8:00 AM | Redux: Not One More Winter in the Tipi, Honey
This post originally ran July 14, 2011.  NOMWITTH, however, hasn’t changed, not one bit. There are a lot of ways to shrink a carbon footprint. Bike instead of drive. Eat low on the food chain. You know the drill. Where I live, in the boondocks of Colorado, a lot of people — myself included, but […]

April 13, 2015

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8:55 PM | Mountain Lion Dispersal
M80 and F96, young mountain lions followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, dispersed from their mother’s home range in northwest Wyoming, about April 1st, 2014, when the pair were 19 months old. In northern climates, there is a Spring pulse of young mountain lions setting out to find territories of their own. M80 moved north…
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7:21 PM | Lemurs of Madagascar
On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour. I’d just arrived in Madagascar for the first time. I was with the foremost expert on the primates called lemurs, trying to pay attention. I had everything to learn. We’d just gotten there on the ship National Geographic Orion, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions. As…
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3:00 PM | Fisherman Finds a Way to Help Sea Animals Avoid Needless Death on Hooks
Tim Palmer was the kind of kid who took apart anything his parents gave him and then tried to put it back together. Much of the time, he got it right. Palmer never grew out of that curiosity about how things work—or how they could be improved. So one night off the Florida coast in…

April 12, 2015

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7:00 PM | On loss, language and nature
Consider all the losses that occur without our notice. The friend who stops calling, and you only realize six months later that you haven’t heard from them in a while. The bird that no longer overwinters in your yard, but you only notice the second winter it fails to appear. Lately I’ve been reading about…
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6:03 PM | What is Citizen Science? by ecosapienshow: In short, citizen...
What is Citizen Science? by ecosapienshow: In short, citizen scientists are volunteers at the heart of British conservation, generously giving up their time to protect a whole multitude of animals and plants! Support at: http://www.ecosapien.org/#!contribute/c1avz
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