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April 26, 2015

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7:14 PM | Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition
A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by […]

Blancke, S., Van Breusegem, F., De Jaeger, G., Braeckman, J. & Van Montagu, M. (2015). Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition, Trends in Plant Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011

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2:32 PM | Trojan Butterflies
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April 25, 2015

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9:50 PM | Invasive species: Not Knotweed! by ecosapienshow: Invasive...
Invasive species: Not Knotweed! by ecosapienshow: Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. Japanese knotweed is one such culprit, and is classified as an invasive species in Europe and North America. But why has it attained this less than prestigious title? Find out here in one of our brief […]
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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
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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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
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 24, 2015

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8:19 PM | Diabetes drug found in freshwater potential cause of intersex fish
A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish –or male fish that produce eggs. The study determined exposure to the diabetes medicine metformin causes physical changes in male fish exposed to doses similar to the amount in wastewater effluent. “In […]

Niemuth, N. & Klaper, R. (2015). Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish, Chemosphere, 135 38-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.060

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8:19 PM | Diabetes drug found in freshwater potential cause of intersex fish
A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish –or male fish that produce eggs. The study determined exposure to the diabetes medicine metformin causes physical changes in male fish exposed to doses similar to the amount in wastewater effluent. “In […]

Niemuth, N. & Klaper, R. (2015). Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish, Chemosphere, 135 38-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.060

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8:19 PM | Diabetes drug found in freshwater potential cause of intersex fish
A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish –or male fish that produce eggs. The study determined exposure to the diabetes medicine metformin causes physical changes in male fish exposed to doses similar to the amount in wastewater effluent. “In […]

Niemuth, N. & Klaper, R. (2015). Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish, Chemosphere, 135 38-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.060

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4:12 PM | The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems
As wells go in, vegetation loss and water use skyrocket.
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3:48 AM | How Would One Go About Raising Cicadas in Captivity?
Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s question comes from Trevor Knight, via our Facebook page. He wants to know if it’s possible to rear cicadas in captivity. It’s a good question, and one I’ve been curious about myself. Insect rearing is … Continue reading →
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12:12 AM | Thirty Years
No, the LTEE did not suddenly jump forward by almost 3 years. That milestone will be reached on February 24, 2018. Next Friday is the end of the semester at MSU and, for me, it will mark 30 years that I’ve … Continue reading →

April 23, 2015

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9:35 PM | Elephants on the Ground, Bats in the Sky, and Rivers Running Underground
Finding "safe" netting sites is not always easy as we discovered while on the Huab River during our quest to learn more about the desert bats of Namibia.
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4:54 PM | Beetles from the North
I’m super-excited to announce new research from the lab, published yesterday with lead author Dr. Crystal Ernst. Crystal’s paper focused on taxonomic and functional diversity of beetles across 12 sites in northern Canada, ranging from Labrador to the Yukon Territory, and from the bottom of James Bay all the way up to the tip of […]
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2:44 PM | All models all wrong, but which are useful for understanding the effect of nestedness on plant-pollinator dynamics?
A guest post by Gita Benadi and Jochen Fründ Mutualistic networks have become an increasingly popular way of describing mutually beneficial interactions between species-rich communities, for example those between plants and their pollinators. Besides offering a nice method of visualizing these interactions, networks are also used to make inferences about the relationship between interaction structure…
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12:00 PM | Wolverine Research Isn’t Pretty
NG Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish tracks down wild wolverines to sniff out what their scat can tell us about them and their world.
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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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12:00 PM | Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!
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Burbrink, F. T. & Guiher, T. J. (2015). Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173 (2) 505-526.

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April 22, 2015

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11:35 PM | Earth Day 2015: 7 #BLACKandSTEM Environmental Scientists you should follow today
1. Dr. Dawn Wright Dr. Wright is Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and a professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. Her research... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:17 PM | What about Earth’s Microbiome?
The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted. As Earth day approaches, discussions... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:41 PM | TERRA 1017: Dry Season Willits, an eclectic town two hours north...
TERRA 1017: Dry Season Willits, an eclectic town two hours north of San Francisco, faces an uncertain future during California’s worst drought in 500 years. With just a 100-day supply of water left, cooperation, conservation, and finger pointing all compete in a community made up of ranchers, back-to-the-landers, and marijuana growers. Produced by: Max Good & Tyler Trumbo By: Life On TERRA. Support at: http://lifeonterra.com/donate/
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6:39 PM | Earth Day Turns 45
Ever since Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, the event has adapted to the ...

Liu C, Gallagher JJ, Sakimoto KK, Nichols EM, Chang CJ, Chang MC & Yang P (2015). Nanowire-Bacteria Hybrids for Unassisted Solar Carbon Dioxide Fixation to Value-Added Chemicals., Nano Letters, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25848808

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6:39 PM | Earth Day Turns 45
Ever since Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, the event has adapted to the ...

Liu C, Gallagher JJ, Sakimoto KK, Nichols EM, Chang CJ, Chang MC & Yang P (2015). Nanowire-Bacteria Hybrids for Unassisted Solar Carbon Dioxide Fixation to Value-Added Chemicals., Nano Letters, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25848808

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5:14 PM | No Ice in Sight: Polar Bears Scrabble Onshore to Find Food
On June 4, 1773, English naval officers were dispatched on an expedition to the Arctic. Their goal was to locate a passage from the British Isles to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, on ice floes near Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway, they found polar bears. The explorers were the first Europeans to describe the bears as a distinct…
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3:46 PM | Some of Our Photos for Earth Day 2015
  To celebrate Earth Day 2015 and NASA’s #NoPlaceLikeHome campaign, we thought that we would post some pics of some of our favorite places we have traveled to! The Sibun River valley in Belize. The Emiquon Nature Preserve in Illinois Edisto Beach SC Blue Ridge Parkway, NC Jackson Hole, WY If you are looking for more nature photos- check out our friends at 5BlueMedia! The post Some of Our Photos for Earth Day 2015 appeared first on Ricochet Science.
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3:43 PM | Earth Day spotlight: A survey of the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
“Today (April 22nd) is Earth Day, and marks the 45th anniversary of what many credit with launching the modern environmental movement in the U.S. in 1970. The idea for Earth Day apparently came to the founder, Gaylord Nelson, then a … Continue reading →

Cornwall W (2015). Deepwater Horizon: after the oil., Science (New York, N.Y.), 348 (6230) 22. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25838362

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