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July 22, 2014

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3:07 PM | Tatooine’s tangled bank – plants evolve in a galaxy far, far away
“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled dune, clothed with many plants of many kinds, all produced by laws acting around us. There is grandeur in this view of life, where so unforgiving an environment has taken but one common ancestor, and, over the millennia, forged such marvellous forms most beautiful. That this should occur, as it does elsewhere, in such an inhospitable place, speaks to the power and the universality of evolution – a creative force that that exceeds... Read […]
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3:47 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #71
Woodpeckers, nutcrackers, flycatchers, sunbirds, roadrunners and babblers in this 71st Edition! Astonishing what can be achieved with a bit of patience, care and a passion for birds. Wild birds have become the subject of choice for thousands of photographers around the world. They extremely hard to photograph. You need the best equipment you have access to…

July 21, 2014

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6:40 PM | Sixth Grader's Science Fair Project Rattles Ecologists
By showing that lionfish can live in fresh water, 12 year-old Lauren Arrington has alerted ecologists to the potential for these fish to migrate upstream in rivers where they would pose a threat to the ecosystem.Read more...
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2:13 PM | Science on the Edge of the World: Tales From Madagascar’s Sakalava Menabe
Cara Brook is a disease ecologist from the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton, studying diseases that can leap from bats to humans. Her work is well underway, and it involves a lot more than just tagging and indexing bats.
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1:39 PM | When the Microbe Hits the Metal
by Leo Baumgart | Some heavy metals share a long history with microbes. Many of the metabolic processes that sustain life are believed to have originated from spontaneous reactions involving metals present in the early Earth. Our microbial ancestors figured out quickly how to use...
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12:00 PM | Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe
For perspective on how climate change is affecting lakes, those of us here in the U.S. can just look across the pond, where scientists and the agencies involved in meeting the European Union’s Water Framework Directive have amassed an impressive body of research on the topic. Not only are extreme weather events such as droughts…

July 19, 2014

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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
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”. **** Feather, fur […]
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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
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”. **** Feather, fur […]

July 17, 2014

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8:33 PM | Naked mole rats, star-nosed moles, and tentacled snakes: the research of Ken Catania
A classic paper about Naked Mole Rats was passed around on twitter recently and I thought that it would be a good time to revisit some of the greatest hits of Ken Catania, wonder neuroethologist. There is tons of interesting neuroscience questions that pertain to the strange animals you’ll find in the wild but very […]
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6:00 PM | “Gene Drives” and CRISPR Could Revolutionize Ecosystem Management
A note from the authors: With this guest blog post we want to share the key features of an innovative method for the high-precision genome editing of wild populations that has been outlined by our... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:15 PM | How Do Barnacles Mate?
It’s hard enough to find a mate when you’re able to get up and move around. But just imagine the difficulties the poor barnacle faces, permanently glued to an underwater rock or hull. See how barnacles seek out and get with mates in my latest Zoologic post: How Do Barnacles Mate?
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11:00 AM | ‘Tis the Season to be Sweating
by Elio | This is the time of the year of increased physical activity when we pay special attention to certain parts of the body, including the armpit. As is usually the case, our microbiota is involved because the odor associated with sweating is produced by microbial activity. The main culprits are skin…

July 16, 2014

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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5:01 PM | More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y. & Kujawinski, E. (2014). Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 1 (7) 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r

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3:50 PM | Invasive kudzu drives carbon out of the soil, into the atmosphere
And its range is expanding north with the warming climate.
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3:00 PM | In Tanzania, ‘Living Walls’ Take Root to Protect Threatened Lions
Elvis Kisimir is a moon-faced and soft-spoken 31-year-old Maasai with a fondness for lions. That makes him the odd man out in the East African tribe of pastoralists whose conflict with the big cats is legendary. But Elvis has a vision for the future that’s every bit as large as the history that precedes him. […]The post In Tanzania, ‘Living Walls’ Take Root to Protect Threatened Lions appeared first on The Crux.
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9:52 AM | Funding round-up: Summer 2014
Here’s your irregular round-up of funding opportunities. Some of these deadlines will already be burned into your brains, but hopefully there a few useful new ones for you to think about! Many of the options below are only available if you are a member of a society. Funding is one of many benefits to joining[...]
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8:11 AM | Shark Weak
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1:00 AM | Wild Sex: Beyond the Birds and the Bees
Joy Reidenberg, comparative anatomist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, talks about her new PBS series Sex in the Wild, about the sex lives of elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

July 15, 2014

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11:01 PM | Mystery Solved: Why Peacocks Got Their Eyespots
The brilliant plumage of peacocks and related birds may be a result of female preference, a new study says.
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4:18 PM | Here’s What Happens When You Put Camera Traps in Trees
The world holds very few unexplored places between zero and six feet off the ground. If humans can walk right up to it and take a picture, we probably already have. But the tops of the trees, like the bottom of the ocean, are a different story. “We know so much less about arboreal mammal […]The post Here’s What Happens When You Put Camera Traps in Trees appeared first on Inkfish.

Gregory, T., Carrasco Rueda, F., Deichmann, J., Kolowski, J. & Alonso, A. (2014). Arboreal camera trapping: taking a proven method to new heights, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5 (5) 443-451. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12177

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2:34 PM | For Marine Reserves, Size Matters
President Obama recently pledged to expand the current boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, already one of the largest nature preserves on the planet. So what's the value in making it bigger?
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