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October 23, 2014

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4:59 PM | Boots on the ground for NEON Member Institution Representatives
NEON Member Institution representatives learned about NEON data collection first-hand this week during a visit the Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER), the Domain 10 core site. This site tour was part of the 2014 NEON Membership Meeting, held October 21-22 in Boulder, CO at NEON Headquarters. A group of 20 participants toured the CPER site … Continue reading »
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9:00 AM | Old forests store new nitrogen–and may soak up nutrient excesses
Ecologists working in central Pennsylvania forests have […]
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1:46 AM | Fumbling Cougar Kittens: Learning to Hunt
We recently captured F99, a now 1-year old, orphaned, female cougar kitten followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project (see post Why Adult Cougars Kill Each Other? for how she was orphaned and Orphaned Cougar Kittens and Their Inspiring Will to Survive for some of her adventures since). We swapped out the tiny, expandable collar that…
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1:28 AM | In theory, or supported by experimental evidence?
Carl Zimmer typically makes statements like the one below without prefacing them with “in theory.” That’s how he establishes the bias towards evolutionary theory in nearly everything he reports. For example: “During the development of eggs and sperm, each pair...Read more

October 22, 2014

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8:41 PM | Rapa Expedition: Fish Finding Their Footing
The Pristine Seas Expedition gets its first dive in at Rapa, and brings us photos from beneath the waves of the far-flung island.
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8:39 PM | Top Notch Photorealistic Invertebrate Illustrations by Carim Nahaboo
London-based illustrator Carim Nahaboo knocked my socks off this afternoon with his fantastic invertebrate illustrations. At first glance, it would be easy to mistake many of his illustrations for photographs.  The level of […]
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3:00 AM | The Control of Nature
By John McPhee Synopsis: While John McPhee was working on his previous book, Rising from the Plains, he happened to walk by the engineering building at the University of Wyoming, where words etched in limestone said: “Strive […]
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1:46 AM | It’s cell type differention, not cell fate determination (2)
See: It’s cell type differention, not cell fate determination High-throughput engineering of a mammalian genome reveals building principles of methylation states at CG rich regions Excerpt: “…deviation from the derived models is a characteristic hallmark of methylation changes associated with...Read more
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1:02 AM | Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible
Aposematic coloration is the technical term for the coloration phenomenon found in such illustrious animals as poison dart frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae) and skunks.  The rationale is that the animal makes itself very conspicuous […]

October 21, 2014

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10:02 PM | Rapa Expedition: An Ancient Secret for Protecting the Future
People have survived for centuries on the tiny island of Rapa, carefully managing their resources through an ancient system known as rahui. What lessons does it hold for the rest of the world today?
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2:59 PM | Industrial-Scale Tiger Farms: Feeding China’s Thirst for Luxury Tiger Products
Young, healthy tigers jump through rings of fire, sit upright on cue, clawing at the air, and perform other well-choreographed circus tricks. Enthusiastic crowds cheer. After the show, some pay extra to hold small, cuddly cubs. But those who visit these tiger attractions in China have no idea of the suffering behind the scenes or the dark commerce that keeps them afloat.
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2:23 AM | Are evolutionary theorists ‘nob ends’?
Interview – Prof Brian Cox and Robin Ince Robin Ince “Am I wrong to sometimes be scared of science idiots?” Brian Cox  “…my favoured response would be: ‘you bunch of utter nob ends’.  See also:  “The problem with today’s world...Read more

October 20, 2014

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11:18 PM | October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world's largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl's ruins, trace tree rings' roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.
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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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7:25 PM | Puppy-Size Tarantula Found: Explaining World’s Biggest Spider
The world's largest spider has crept back into the spotlight, thanks to a scientist who described harrowing arachnid encounters on his blog.
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5:38 PM | It’s cell type differention, not cell fate determination
“…it was only recently (the past 15 years or so) that scientists discovered that a basic set of the same proteins and mRNAs are involved in all of embryogenesis.” This ignores what we described nearly 18 years ago in the...Read more
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2:00 PM | Can a Nitrate Transporter help to reduce the contamination associated to excessive fertilization in agriculture?
Nitrogen (N) is an essential nutrient for plant growth and most plants require 20-50 g of N taken up by their roots to produce […] Read more The post Can a Nitrate Transporter help to reduce the contamination associated to excessive fertilization in agriculture? appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Cellulose conversion to starch, a promising strategy for future global food demand Nomadic plastics Non-trivial biological quantum effects
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1:39 PM | Rapa Expedition: Off the Ship, Into the Jungle
With winds so strong the waterfalls were flowing upwards, the Pristine Seas crew lands at Rapa Iti and must hike the final miles to make it to the Island Council meeting for permission to begin the expedition.

October 19, 2014

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8:27 PM | Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs
Road-killed tapir in Peninsular Malaysia (photo © WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong) By William F. Laurance Located in the wrong places, roads can open a Pandora’s Box of problems, says William F. Laurance In a recent Opinion in National Geographic News (“Want to make a dent in world hunger? Build better roads”, 14 October 2014), U.S. Ambassador Kenneth…

October 18, 2014

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9:53 PM | ALPHA GENOMIX
ALPHA GENOMIX LABORATORIES INC Alpha genomics (for those unfamiliar with their spelling) Re: Dr. Hani El Shawa, who is first author of Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Disrupts Intraneocortical Circuitry, Cortical Gene Expression, and Behavior in a Mouse Model of FASD. The...Read more
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9:47 PM | Rapa Expedition: Polynesian Words of Inspiration
In anticipation of Pristine Seas crew's arrival at Rapa Iti, team member Poema du Prel from Tahiti shares her reflections on the mission, and words of inspiration in two languages from her spiritual grandfather.
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7:39 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/10/2014
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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7:39 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/10/2014
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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12:00 PM | Why Did Thousands of Venomous Spiders Swarm a House?
Thousands of brown recluse spiders that forced a family from their home may have been mostly males looking for mates, scientist says.

October 17, 2014

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9:26 PM | Weird Animal Question of the Week: A Fungus That Looks Like Strawberries and Cream
This Weird Animal Question of the Week focuses on the odd world of fungi, which can resemble wiffleballs, bird's nests, and strawberries and cream.
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8:02 PM | A look at Air Pollution and Your Body
We have all probably seen stories from China on the horrid air pollution there. Accompanying those reports of course are the statistics for air pollution that deaths have caused. For […]

Gamon LF, White JM & Wille U (2014). Oxidative damage of aromatic dipeptides by the environmental oxidants NO2˙ and O3., Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 12 (41) 8280-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25207524

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8:02 PM | A look at Air Pollution and Your Body
We have all probably seen stories from China on the horrid air pollution there. Accompanying those reports of course are the statistics for air pollution that deaths have caused. For […]

Gamon LF, White JM & Wille U (2014). Oxidative damage of aromatic dipeptides by the environmental oxidants NO2˙ and O3., Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 12 (41) 8280-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25207524

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