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January 27, 2015

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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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4:18 AM | Quantum entanglement, mass, and biomass
Joseph Kover seems closer than most other physicists to linking light-induced amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation and biomass via the biophysically constrained chemistry of protein folding.  Today he posted notice of the following publication with the comment: “…...Read more

January 26, 2015

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11:27 PM | Elephant seal adventures, lovelorn porcupines & a Cinderella...
Elephant seal adventures, lovelorn porcupines & a Cinderella tiger! New research reveals the adventurous natures of elephant seals, paralysed rats begin to walk again thanks to a new spinal implant, Dallas Safari Club’s controversial elephant hunt is called off and a lovesick porcupine is up to no good! Get these stories and more in your weekly blast of nature news! By: Earth Touch .
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10:03 PM | Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology
Last summer, researchers demonstrated that non-invasive imaging combined with a staining technique enables the fast comparison and study of earthworm species and other animals in unprecedented... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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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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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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12:11 AM | An epigenetic trap (the sequel)
I will post this “sequel” before the “prequel” about light-induced amino acid substitutions because more attempts are being made to deny that the fact my colleagues and I detailed how epigenetic traps links the morphology and behavior of species from...Read more

January 24, 2015

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9:55 PM | The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of...
The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of beavers from Canada to Chile in order to foster a fur trade in an economically lackluster territory of Patagonia seemed like a smart idea. However, no one would have imagined these incisor-toothed vermin would one day lay waste to Patagonia’s forests. Today, there are roughly 100,000 beavers in the region and their environmental destruction has allegedly led to the most transformative destruction of its southern ecosystem […]
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8:16 PM | Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story...
Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story from Kiholo The mission of Conservation International (CI) Hawaiʻi is to “hoʻi i ke kai momona”, or return to an abundant ocean that will feed Hawaiʻi’s people for generations to come. CI empowers community groups across Hawaiʻi to restore and manage their coastal fisheries in collaboration with the state of Hawaiʻi. This video tells the story of Hui Aloha Kīholo, a group of people […]
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3:36 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 23/01/2015
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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3:36 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 23/01/2015
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 23, 2015

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4:07 PM | Weekend To Do: Apply for paid Summer Research Programs in STEM
Lately, I’ve been posting a lot of REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) on Facebook (Like my Fan Pages and get updates, too. Here and Here) and Twitter, and now I am going to put it... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:53 PM | Video: Organization of Life
How is life organized? What is the difference between an organ and an organ system? A community and a population? In this short biology video, we explore the basic organization of life and provide some basic definitions that familiarize you with the terms that biologists use to organize life and the molecules that make up living organisms. Related Videos from RicochetScience Domains and Kingdoms of Life Prokaryotic versus Eukaryotic Cells For more, follow us on the Ricochet Science YouTube […]

January 22, 2015

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8:47 PM | Uphill (and downhill!)
Our climate is changing, that much is clear. The main effect of this changing climate is that what once was balancing now starts . . .
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6:22 PM | Putting GMOs on a Tight Leash
Two papers appeared in the latest issue of Nature—one from Farren Isaacs’ group and the other from George Church and colleagues—that presented, developed, and demonstrated a strategy for limiting the spread of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in the event that they … Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | Building a Green Future in North Sumatra, Indonesia The...
Building a Green Future in North Sumatra, Indonesia The Sustainable Landscapes Partnership (SLP) works with local governments and other partners to address climate change, conserve forests and improve livelihoods. With support from SLP, governments, communities, businesses and NGOs develop and test innovative, landscape-scale solutions to problems caused by human pressures on nature. The goal is a sustainable development path that protects our food, fresh water, livelihoods and climate that […]
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4:00 PM | Thirsty? Then suck on a stone!
Whilst it is claimed that only the taxman can get blood out of a stone, it seems that some plants can abstract water from stone-like minerals. Arguably, ahead of light, water is the most important abiotic factor that plants need and obtain from the environment. Although water is essential to plant life, it is not […]
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4:00 AM | Whale Sharks Get International Protection
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean. But despite their intimidating size — up to 40,000 pounds and 40 feet long — the creatures are so mellow that humans often swim alongside them. Now, an international coalition has agreed on regulations that may help protect whale sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) […] The post Whale Sharks Get International Protection appeared first on EH Science.

January 21, 2015

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10:25 PM | Starting the Search for Underwater Giants in the Solomon Sea
Landing at Gizo Harbour, it was clear to see that we’d picked an ideal venue for our research. The visibility in the aquamarine waters was greater than anywhere we’d ever been scuba diving—it took all of our willpower to keep ourselves from diving right in.
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8:56 PM | Fish, mercury, and pregnancy: Good news for seafood lovers
People freak out when they hear mercury is in something and sometimes for good reasons. In vaccinations for example a very small amount of ethyl-mercury WAS used as a preservative in vaccines, people got scared so now it is not used in most vaccines. Methylmercury* however is found in seafood and larger fish in particular (in much, […]

Gutiérrez, F. & Leon, L. (2000). Elemental Mercury Embolism to the Lung, New England Journal of Medicine, 342 (24) 1791-1791. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200006153422405

JJ Strain,, Alison J Yeates,, Edwin van Wijngaarden,, Sally W Thurston,, Maria S Mulhern,, Emeir M McSorley,, Gene E Watson,, Tanzy M Love,, Tristram H Smith,, Kelley Yost, & Donald Harrington, (2015). Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption and polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with child development at 20 mo of age in an observational study in the Republic of Seychelles, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Other:

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8:56 PM | Fish, mercury, and pregnancy: Good news for seafood lovers
People freak out when they hear mercury is in something and sometimes for good reasons. In vaccinations for example a very small amount of ethyl-mercury WAS used as a preservative in vaccines, people got scared so now it is not used in most vaccines. Methylmercury* however is found in seafood and larger fish in particular (in much, […]

Gutiérrez, F. & Leon, L. (2000). Elemental Mercury Embolism to the Lung, New England Journal of Medicine, 342 (24) 1791-1791. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200006153422405

JJ Strain,, Alison J Yeates,, Edwin van Wijngaarden,, Sally W Thurston,, Maria S Mulhern,, Emeir M McSorley,, Gene E Watson,, Tanzy M Love,, Tristram H Smith,, Kelley Yost, & Donald Harrington, (2015). Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption and polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with child development at 20 mo of age in an observational study in the Republic of Seychelles, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Other:

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8:56 PM | Fish, mercury, and pregnancy: Good news for seafood lovers
People freak out when they hear mercury is in something and sometimes for good reasons. In vaccinations for example a very small amount of ethyl-mercury WAS used as a preservative in vaccines, people got scared so now it is not used in most vaccines. Methylmercury* however is found in seafood and larger fish in particular (in much, […]

Gutiérrez, F. & Leon, L. (2000). Elemental Mercury Embolism to the Lung, New England Journal of Medicine, 342 (24) 1791-1791. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200006153422405

JJ Strain,, Alison J Yeates,, Edwin van Wijngaarden,, Sally W Thurston,, Maria S Mulhern,, Emeir M McSorley,, Gene E Watson,, Tanzy M Love,, Tristram H Smith,, Kelley Yost, & Donald Harrington, (2015). Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption and polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with child development at 20 mo of age in an observational study in the Republic of Seychelles, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Other:

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8:56 PM | Fish, mercury, and pregnancy: Good news for seafood lovers
People freak out when they hear mercury is in something and sometimes for good reasons. In vaccinations for example a very small amount of ethyl-mercury WAS used as a preservative in vaccines, people got scared so now it is not used in most vaccines. Methylmercury* however is found in seafood and larger fish in particular (in much, […]

Gutiérrez, F. & Leon, L. (2000). Elemental Mercury Embolism to the Lung, New England Journal of Medicine, 342 (24) 1791-1791. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200006153422405

JJ Strain,, Alison J Yeates,, Edwin van Wijngaarden,, Sally W Thurston,, Maria S Mulhern,, Emeir M McSorley,, Gene E Watson,, Tanzy M Love,, Tristram H Smith,, Kelley Yost, & Donald Harrington, (2015). Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption and polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with child development at 20 mo of age in an observational study in the Republic of Seychelles, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Other:

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8:56 PM | Fish, mercury, and pregnancy: Good news for seafood lovers
People freak out when they hear mercury is in something and sometimes for good reasons. In vaccinations for example a very small amount of ethyl-mercury WAS used as a preservative in vaccines, people got scared so now it is not used in most vaccines. Methylmercury* however is found in seafood and larger fish in particular (in much, […]

Gutiérrez, F. & Leon, L. (2000). Elemental Mercury Embolism to the Lung, New England Journal of Medicine, 342 (24) 1791-1791. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200006153422405

JJ Strain,, Alison J Yeates,, Edwin van Wijngaarden,, Sally W Thurston,, Maria S Mulhern,, Emeir M McSorley,, Gene E Watson,, Tanzy M Love,, Tristram H Smith,, Kelley Yost, & Donald Harrington, (2015). Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption and polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with child development at 20 mo of age in an observational study in the Republic of Seychelles, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Other:

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5:30 PM | Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says A team of...
Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the […]
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4:25 PM | How Flowers Make Love
Biologist David Haskell holds the magnifying lens to the fascinating lives of forest dwellers in his Pulitzer Prize finalist book The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature “Biochemical matchmaking” the term used by Haskell says it all. The union is a unique arrangement among two, not one, sperm cells encased within a pollen grain […]
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6:36 AM | Wait, Insects Breathe!? But How? Part I
Post by Nancy Miorelli and Joe Ballenger One day, while puttering around on Twitter we noticed that there was a #BugQuestions already…and there are some really neat questions here. The question of how insects breathe is one which is commonly … Continue reading →

January 20, 2015

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10:39 PM | Great News for Tigers in India—and a Cautionary Tale
Talking Tigers: Part 10 of a 12-part series Amidst frequent heartbreaking stories about disappearing tigers, today there is some great news. India’s latest census has counted 2,226 tigers, a whopping 30 percent jump from the 1,706 documented in 2011. Nearly 10,000 “camera traps” were set up in known tiger territories; the resulting photographs definitively identified individuals…
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