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September 01, 2014

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3:25 AM | August lives up to its definition: respected and impressive
The things we noticed in and around canine science over the past two weeks, Storified in one neat location for your convenience:[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16-31 August 2014]" on Storify] Further reading:Feuerbacher E.N. (2014). Shut up and pet me! Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer petting to vocal praise in concurrent and single-alternative choice procedures, Behavioural Processes, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.019 Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of […]

Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of statistics for testing cognitive judgement bias, Animal Behaviour, 95 59-69. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.06.013

Arnott E.R., Claire M. Wade & Paul D. McGreevy (2014). Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs, PLoS ONE, 9 (8) e104457. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0104457

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August 31, 2014

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6:55 PM | The Juneau Tour: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 3
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 31st, which allows us to post audio from a fascinating taxi trip through Juneau on August 28th. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:46 PM | Epigenetic Shaping of Sociosexual Interactions
Epigenetic Shaping of Sociosexual Interactions: From Plants to Humans “…is the first attempt to interpret the higher social functions of organisms. This volume covers an extraordinarily wide range of biological research and provides a novel framework for understanding human-specific brain...Read more
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3:42 PM | Laws of Physics are Eliminated from Evolutionary Theory
Review article: Towards an evolutionary theory of the origin of life based on kinetics and thermodynamics Excerpt: ‘Irreversibility and the kinetic power of reproduction seem to be, at least in principle, sufficient to allow the emergence of life and there...Read more

August 30, 2014

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10:35 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 29/08/2014
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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10:35 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 29/08/2014
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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2:45 PM | Do phenotypes evolve?
In my model, ecological variation leads to nutrient-dependent ecological adaptations manifested in the morphological and behavioral phenotypes of species from microbes to man. Conserved molecular mechanisms lead from the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized...Read more
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2:32 AM | Pattern recognition: fine-tuning of color differences
Local reorganization of xanthophores fine-tunes and colors the striped pattern of zebrafish Excerpt: “Many animals have evolved a fascinating diversity in their color patterns, which serve as an essential component of their survival strategy.” Reported as: How the zebrafish gets...Read more
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2:32 AM | Pattern recognition: fine-tuning of color differences
Local reorganization of xanthophores fine-tunes and colors the striped pattern of zebrafish Excerpt: “Many animals have evolved a fascinating diversity in their color patterns, which serve as an essential component of their survival strategy.” Reported as: How the zebrafish gets...Read more

August 29, 2014

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8:51 PM | Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled divergent alleles
The evolutionary genetics of highly divergent alleles of the mimicry locus in Papilio dardanus Conclusion: “…while the polymorphism is generated by different genomic regions, the evolutionary processes that build up the phenotypic diversity at the genome level are similar between...Read more
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5:28 PM | Wilderness: As it Was in the Beginning
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and Photography by iLCP Fellow Krista Schlyer September 3rd, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act–Americans will be…
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1:42 PM | My Fihavanana Malagasy: At Home on the Eighth Continent
Cara Brook is a disease ecologist from the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton, studying diseases that can leap from bats to humans. In the course of her work, she has earned a Malagasy family, which sparks her curiosity for the origins of humanity on Madagascar.
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3:48 AM | A Map to Build Roads to a Better Future
When I learned that the pesticide DDT–widely toxic and now widely banned–has snaked its way into polar bears and beluga whales, I questioned if any environment remains pristine on terrestrial Earth. Perhaps, the thick, hostile and unyielding rainforests of Borneo might prove a bastion? Then in 2013, satellite images showed roads penetrating deep into Borneo. […]

Laurance, W., Clements, G., Sloan, S., O’Connell, C., Mueller, N., Goosem, M., Venter, O., Edwards, D., Phalan, B., Balmford, A. & Van Der Ree, R. (2014). A global strategy for road building, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13717

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3:48 AM | A Map to Build Roads to a Better Future
When I learned that the pesticide DDT–widely toxic and now widely banned–has snaked its way into polar bears and beluga whales, I questioned if any environment remains pristine on terrestrial Earth. Perhaps, the thick, hostile and unyielding rainforests of Borneo might prove a bastion? Then in 2013, satellite images showed roads penetrating deep into Borneo. […]

Laurance, W., Clements, G., Sloan, S., O’Connell, C., Mueller, N., Goosem, M., Venter, O., Edwards, D., Phalan, B., Balmford, A. & Van Der Ree, R. (2014). A global strategy for road building, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13717

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2:44 AM | Baby talk: More misrepresentations of ecological adaptations
Evolution’s Baby Steps by Carl Zimmer Excerpt 1) “When organisms find themselves in a new environment, they develop in a way that helps them cope with their new surroundings. Their descendants may acquire mutations that encode that anatomy in their...Read more
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2:44 AM | Baby talk: More misrepresentations of ecological adaptations
Evolution’s Baby Steps by Carl Zimmer Excerpt 1) “When organisms find themselves in a new environment, they develop in a way that helps them cope with their new surroundings. Their descendants may acquire mutations that encode that anatomy in their...Read more

August 28, 2014

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5:55 PM | Trapjaw ants, filmed at 600 frames per second
By Adrian Smith; taken from Myrmecos.
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5:54 PM | #Okavango14: Listen to the Sound of a Golden Okavango Morning
Listen to the sounds of a morning in the Okavango River Delta, courtesy of Steve Boyes and the Okavango Expedition!
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5:40 PM | The smell of rain: what is petrichor?
pet·ri·chor ˈpeˌtrīkôr/ noun a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. “other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had … Continue reading →
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11:56 AM | Comparative analysis of facts and theories
Comparative analysis of regulatory information and circuits across distant species Excerpt: “…structural properties of regulatory networks are remarkably conserved and that orthologous regulatory factor families recognize similar binding motifs in vivo and show some similar co-associations.” My comment: The co-associations...Read more
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11:13 AM | Cities as a Glimpse of the Future
How researchers learned that cities may serve as a crystal ball for the impact of climate change on an important insect pest.
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1:10 AM | Is learning about ecology too much to ask?
Is It Too Much To Ask That Reporters Understand Evolution?   Excerpt 1): “Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial...Read more
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1:10 AM | Is learning about ecology too much to ask?
Is It Too Much To Ask That Reporters Understand Evolution?   Excerpt 1): “Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial...Read more

August 27, 2014

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11:44 PM | Comparing divergent model organisms
Comparative analysis of the transcriptome across distant species Excerpt: Overall, our results underscore the importance of comparing divergent model organisms to human to highlight conserved biological principles (and disentangle them from lineage-specific adaptations). My comment: In the detailed comparisons of...Read more
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10:37 PM | Wordless Wednesday August 27
Tagged: Ecology, light, nature, photography, trees, Wordless Wednesdays
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9:39 PM | Climate change research roundup: hiding heat in the Atlantic and the Arctic carbon cycle
The most recent issue of Science has two new reports on the so-called global warming hiatus and the carbon cycle in the Arctic, both of which are central to discussions of climate change and where temperature increases are being seen around … Continue reading →

Cory, R., Ward, C., Crump, B. & Kling, G. (2014). Sunlight controls water column processing of carbon in arctic fresh waters, Science, 345 (6199) 925-928. DOI: 10.1126/science.1253119

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6:00 PM | Wolves Vulnerable to Contagious Yawning
Contagious yawning in wolves give researchers a glimpse at the roots of empathy.
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5:32 PM | Secrets of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s Display
The flamboyant cuttlefish lives up to its name with its complex passing cloud display, in which bands of color travel across its body. New research characterizes details of this display and suggests how the cuttlefish might accomplish it. Read about it in my latest Zoologic post, Secrets of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s Display .
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2:00 PM | Nomadic plastics
Bottles, bags, toys, clothes, prostheses… plastic is everywhere. Its global production has reached the quantity of 288,000,000 tonnes in 2012. Day to day and […] Read more The post Nomadic plastics appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Cellulose conversion to starch, a promising strategy for future global food demand Are we really prepared for bioplastics? Giant squids: keeping an eye on the enemy
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12:42 PM | A Year Ago Today: Spring in South Africa
National Geographic Young Explorer Evan Eifler is working to preserve the endangered ecosystems of South Africa, most notably the renosterveld. Check out the amazing images he has captured of endangered and unique flowers.
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