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September 19, 2014

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11:39 AM | Meet the lab: Crystal Ernst
This is the first in a series of posts where each Arthropod Ecology lab member can introduce themselves. First up is PhD student Crystal Ernst: I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the final stages of my program: these days I’m crunching out analyses and writing papers as I prepare to submit my thesis at the end of […]
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12:52 AM | Bobcats Prowl Among Us: Haunt Birdfeeders, Brooks, Boulevards
It’s on the prowl from three hours before sunset until midnight, and again before dawn ‘til three hours after sunrise.  Each night, it moves two to seven miles, mostly on the same route. Along the way it visits, like the humans in whose shadow it lives, known locales.  But its stomping grounds are a hollow…

September 18, 2014

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11:05 PM | Quantum physics meets Evolutionary Psychology News
Capturing the motion of a single molecule in real time as it oscillates from one quantum state to another September 18, 2014 Excerpt: “It also moves researchers a step closer to viewing the molecular world in action — being able...Read more
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9:00 PM | The Coral Triangle: At the crossroad of tradition and change
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 photos by iLCP Fellow James Morgan. I’ve been fortunate to see most of the world’s oceans the past couple…
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8:45 PM | How to Look for Otters
In the first of a new series of posts about “How to Look for Mammals”, I take a look at one of our semi aquatic species, the Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter is distributed across Europe and into Eurasia, but … Continue reading →

Reid N, Hayden B, Lundy MG, Pietravalle S, McDonald RA & Montgomery WI (2013). National Otter Survey of Ireland 2010/12, Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 76. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland, Other:

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8:45 PM | How to Look for Otters
In the first of a new series of posts about “How to Look for Mammals”, I take a look at one of our semi aquatic species, the Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter is distributed across Europe and into Eurasia, but … Continue reading →

Reid N, Hayden B, Lundy MG, Pietravalle S, McDonald RA & Montgomery WI (2013). National Otter Survey of Ireland 2010/12, Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 76. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland, Other:

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8:07 PM | Why Some Males Evolved to Be Small and Sneaky
Bigger males may get a lot of attention, but sometimes being smaller and having a different strategy is more successful when it comes to mating.
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4:33 PM | Do mutations and natural selection lead to neuronal organization?
Neuronal organization of olfactory bulb circuits Excerpt 1): “…new neuronal types and connections are often not taken into account in building a model of the olfactory bulb network. We are concerned with this trend of omission as it may hinder...Read more
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3:09 PM | Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled exercise-induced physiques
How to explain exercise-induced phenotype from molecular data: rethink and reconstruction based on AMPK and mTOR signaling Excerpt: “…cellular and molecular phenotype for exercise capacity is always acquired from regular exercise or muscle contraction; it is absurd to use drug...Read more
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12:00 PM | Pythons and the Land - The Bangladesh Python Project Part IV --Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. “Snake call!  It's the python.  Are you up?  We got a call for the python.” The words were almost the same, but I woke up to see that Caesar's face held a grimace.  The call he feared had come.  Let's back up to the night before. In the last post I left you in a moment of triumph.  Kanai had led four of us right to our target species

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar & et al. (2013). Monsoon does matter: annual activity patterns in a snake assemblage from Bangladesh, The Herpetological Journal, 23 203-208.

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12:00 PM | Pythons and the Land - The Bangladesh Python Project Part IV --Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. “Snake call!  It's the python.  Are you up?  We got a call for the python.” The words were almost the same, but I woke up to see that Caesar's face held a grimace.  The call he feared had come.  Let's back up to the night before. In the last post I left you in a moment of triumph.  Kanai had led four of us right to our target species

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar & et al. (2013). Monsoon does matter: annual activity patterns in a snake assemblage from Bangladesh, The Herpetological Journal, 23 203-208.

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12:00 PM | Pythons and the Land - The Bangladesh Python Project Part IV --Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. “Snake call!  It's the python.  Are you up?  We got a call for the python.” The words were almost the same, but I woke up to see that Caesar's face held a grimace.  The call he feared had come.  Let's back up to the night before. In the last post I left you in a moment of triumph.  Kanai had led four of us right to our target species

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar & et al. (2013). Monsoon does matter: annual activity patterns in a snake assemblage from Bangladesh, The Herpetological Journal, 23 203-208.

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6:38 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #72
Firethroats, kingfishers, openbills, nightjars, stilts, leafbirds, roadrunners, mangos, laughthrushes, and rubythroats are featured in this 72nd edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! With almost 600,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end…
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2:12 AM | RNA-mediated ecological adaptations of teeth
Counting fish teeth reveals DNA changes behind rapid evolution By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | September 17, 2014 Excerpt: “This is one of the first cases where we find that the rules found for traits lost apply as well to...Read more

September 17, 2014

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10:18 PM | A Man Howls At The Woods – And The Woods Howl Back
It's call and response, coyote-style. And it's one of the most intense examples of human-animal communication you've ever heard. Read more...
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10:00 PM | Stayin’ Alive: Baby Mantis Shrimp Use Light to Stay Invisible
Young mantis shrimp that depend on transparent bodies to avoid predators, use reflectors in their eyes to make them invisible, according to a new study.
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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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2:34 PM | Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries
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 photos by iLCP Fellow Shawn Heinrichs Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries: The path to creating an effective Manta Sanctuary Indonesia announced…
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12:00 PM | Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Biology concepts – bacteria, motility, flagella, quorum sensing, bacterial swarming, biofilms, pathogenesisNomads are wanderers. They come in different flavors. Hunter-gatherers follow the animals as they graze in different places. Pastoral nomads have animal herds and move them around to where the grazing is best. But the interesting ones are the peripatetic nomads. These are people that move around within cities and other populated areas, often to sell services or trades. Romanis, or […]

Gloag ES, Turnbull L, Huang A, Vallotton P, Wang H, Nolan LM, Mililli L, Hunt C, Lu J, Osvath SR & Monahan LG (2013). Self-organization of bacterial biofilms is facilitated by extracellular DNA., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (28) 11541-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23798445

Deng P, de Vargas Roditi L, van Ditmarsch D & Xavier JB (2014). The ecological basis of morphogenesis: branching patterns in swarming colonies of bacteria., New journal of physics, 16 15006-15006. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24587694

McCall J, Hidalgo G, Asadishad B & Tufenkji N (2013). Cranberry impairs selected behaviors essential for virulence in Proteus mirabilis HI4320., Canadian journal of microbiology, 59 (6) 430-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23750959

Alteri CJ, Himpsl SD, Pickens SR, Lindner JR, Zora JS, Miller JE, Arno PD, Straight SW & Mobley HL (2013). Multicellular bacteria deploy the type VI secretion system to preemptively strike neighboring cells., PLoS pathogens, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24039579

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12:00 PM | Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Biology concepts – bacteria, motility, flagella, quorum sensing, bacterial swarming, biofilms, pathogenesisNomads are wanderers. They come in different flavors. Hunter-gatherers follow the animals as they graze in different places. Pastoral nomads have animal herds and move them around to where the grazing is best. But the interesting ones are the peripatetic nomads. These are people that move around within cities and other populated areas, often to sell services or trades. Romanis, or […]

Gloag ES, Turnbull L, Huang A, Vallotton P, Wang H, Nolan LM, Mililli L, Hunt C, Lu J, Osvath SR & Monahan LG (2013). Self-organization of bacterial biofilms is facilitated by extracellular DNA., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (28) 11541-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23798445

Deng P, de Vargas Roditi L, van Ditmarsch D & Xavier JB (2014). The ecological basis of morphogenesis: branching patterns in swarming colonies of bacteria., New journal of physics, 16 15006-15006. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24587694

McCall J, Hidalgo G, Asadishad B & Tufenkji N (2013). Cranberry impairs selected behaviors essential for virulence in Proteus mirabilis HI4320., Canadian journal of microbiology, 59 (6) 430-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23750959

Alteri CJ, Himpsl SD, Pickens SR, Lindner JR, Zora JS, Miller JE, Arno PD, Straight SW & Mobley HL (2013). Multicellular bacteria deploy the type VI secretion system to preemptively strike neighboring cells., PLoS pathogens, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24039579

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12:00 PM | Stubborn Student's and Kanai's Krait - The Bangladesh Python Project Part III ---Guest Post--
By Jon Hakim Make sure to start at Part I. <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;

September 16, 2014

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11:10 PM | Pseudoscientific nonsense about face and body recognition
It’s Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds Excerpt: “….highly social insects rely on their distinctive face and body patterns to recognize each other…” See: RNA and dynamic nuclear organization My comment: The difference between RNA-mediated events...Read more
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8:15 PM | Toxic “Toupee”: Explaining the Most Venomous Caterpillar in the U.S.
No warm and fuzzy here—a possible boom in a highly venomous but irresistibly touchable caterpillar is sending people in the eastern U.S. to the hospital.
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4:16 PM | ‘Eskimo1′ gene helps plants survive drought conditions
Genetic modification (GM) has been a hot topic for the past couple of decades, and with scaremongering over ‘Frankenstein foods’ you’d be forgiven for thinking that GM is only being used to produce horrifying steroid-addled mutant plants, which will one day develop a taste for human flesh and take over the Earth (like in Day…

Xu F, Liu Z, Xie H, Zhu J, Zhang J, Kraus J, Blaschnig T, Nehls R & Wang H (2014). Increased Drought Tolerance through the Suppression of ESKMO1 Gene and Overexpression of CBF-Related Genes in Arabidopsis., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25184213

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2:00 PM | RNA-mediated species diversification from microbes to primates
Mycobacteriophage-drived diversification of Mycobacterium abscessus Biology Direct (15 September 2014) OPEN ACCESS Excerpt (with my emphasis): “Widespread occurrence of phage sequences in almost all studied M. abscessus complex isolates suggests that the rate of prophage invasion is faster than the...Read more
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2:00 PM | Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots
The Great Plains didn't evolve in a vacuum. Ancient rodents helped shape the ecosystem we know today. Fossil burrows are helping scientists figure out how.
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1:26 PM | Weecology is moving to the University of Florida
We are excited to announce that Weecology will be moving to the University of Florida next summer. We were recruited as part of the UF Rising Preeminence Plan, a major hiring campaign to bring together researchers in a number of focal areas including Big Data and Biodiversity. We will both be joining the Wildlife Ecology […]
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12:00 PM | Travelers and Transects - The Bangladesh Python Project Part II --Guest Post--
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3:57 AM | RNA-mediated events found everywhere
Transcriptome-wide Mapping Reveals Widespread Dynamic-Regulated Pseudouridylation of ncRNA and mRNA Related articles Related blog posts on this site Reported as Scientists discover RNA modifications in some unexpected places Excerpt 1): “…there are multiple types of RNA, three of which—messenger RNA...Read more
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