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November 25, 2014

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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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10:17 PM | Blu-ray solar power
  So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second […]

Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C. & Huang, J. (2014). Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management, Nature Communications, 5 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517

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4:30 PM | More problems for bees: we’ve wiped out their favorite plants
Pollen samples from old museum specimens indicate bees' favorite meals are gone.
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4:05 PM | New Tool Use in a Bird
Under the right environmental conditions, and with a little innovation, great antshrikes prove they’re capable of cognitively flexibe tool use. Tool-use is a new behavior for this species – they’re using anvils to crack open the shells of invasive land snails. Read my latest Zoologic post: Faced With Invasive Snail, A Bird Learns to Use Tools .

November 24, 2014

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5:49 PM | Soup Without Sharks Shark fin soup was once a coveted delicacy...
Soup Without Sharks Shark fin soup was once a coveted delicacy at many Chinese restaurants in California. But concern over the killing of sharks simply for their fins has led to bans on the sale of shark fins in California and eight other states, in an effort to prevent the killing of an estimated 73 million sharks each year. In California, the ban has prompted restaurants to change their menus. By: QUEST Science.

November 22, 2014

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9:08 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 21/11/2014
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”. This week: Deeply […]
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9:08 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 21/11/2014
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”. This week: Deeply […]

November 21, 2014

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9:08 PM | EPA Clean Power Plan Explained!
What to give thanks for this year….my wife, the Milwaukee Bucks, doughnuts…or how about the leaders of two world superpowers coming together and agreeing on new carbon emission reduction standards for 2030!  Oh, and when I say superpower, I mean … Continue reading →

Fowlie, M., Goulder, L., Kotchen, M., Borenstein, S., Bushnell, J., Davis, L., Greenstone, M., Kolstad, C., Knittel, C., Stavins, R. & Wara, M. (2014). An economic perspective on the EPA's Clean Power Plan, Science, 346 (6211) 815-816. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261349

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November 19, 2014

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6:05 PM | John Battles
Forest guardian The post John Battles appeared first on The Berkeley Science Review.
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2:00 PM | Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies’ Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm than Good
Migratory monarch butterfly populations have fallen into a tailspin in recent years. Scientists fear that in a classic case of good intentions gone awry, efforts to help the beleaguered butterflies may be inadvertently making matters worse by changing their behavior.
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12:56 PM | 3-year PostDoc Position on Connecting Forest Models, Data and Diversity Effects in Freiburg
We still seek applicants for a 3-yr PostDoc project that combines process-based forest models, Bayesian parameter estimation and ecologically the question of what processes cause diversity effects in temperate forests. A pdf with details of the call can be downloaded here. The position is available immediately. A first consideration of incoming applications will take place…
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2:26 AM | Eliminating correlations from evolutionary ecology
De novo creation of olfactory receptor genes clearly links food odors via amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation in mosquitoes, and in nematodes, flies, honeybees, etc. It would be surprising if cause and effect did not extend to vertebrates...Read more

November 18, 2014

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5:59 PM | RNA-mediated species specificity
Species-Specific Scientists uncover striking differences between mouse and human gene expression across a variety of tissues. By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 17, 2014 Excerpt: “…results published today (November 17) in PNAS reveal widespread differences between human and mouse gene expression,...Read more
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5:10 PM | Climate change will slow China's reduction in infectious diseases
Shanghai depends on water from the Huangpu River, which is connected to the heavily polluted Tai Lake. Photo by Jakub Halun.From Woodruff Health Sciences CenterChina has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two decades. Climate change, however will blunt China’s efforts at further reducing these diseases, finds a study in the latest edition of […]
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5:37 AM | Shark Feeding, Managed Risk, and the Tredwellian Paradigm
Ocean conservation work takes me to many an unusual locale, but none stranger than tomorrow’s destination: Las Vegas.  I’m headed there to attend the annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, or DEMA Show for short.  The DEMA Show is the world’s largest international trade show for the scuba diving and water sports industry.  The exhibition […]
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5:37 AM | Shark Feeding, Managed Risk, and the Tredwellian Paradigm
Ocean conservation work takes me to many an unusual locale, but none stranger than tomorrow’s destination: Las Vegas.  I’m headed there to attend the annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, or DEMA Show for short.  The DEMA Show is the world’s largest international trade show for the scuba diving and water sports industry.  The exhibition […]

November 17, 2014

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11:38 PM | MBARI Reports “Big Changes in the Sargasso Sea”
Spanning an area of roughly 4 million km², the Sargasso Sea is an enormous swirling pool in the subtropical North Atlantic.  Without any land boundaries, the dynamic borders of this vast […]
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9:28 PM | Are mutations beneficial?
Researchers develop non-invasive method to detect tumor-causing mutations in saliva Excerpt: “…a multiplexible electrochemical sensor uses electrode chips to enable vesicular entities in saliva called exosomes to rapidly release molecular constituents (DNA, RNA and proteins) while simultaneously detecting any mutations...Read more
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9:28 PM | Are mutations beneficial?
Researchers develop non-invasive method to detect tumor-causing mutations in saliva Excerpt: “…a multiplexible electrochemical sensor uses electrode chips to enable vesicular entities in saliva called exosomes to rapidly release molecular constituents (DNA, RNA and proteins) while simultaneously detecting any mutations...Read more
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5:58 PM | TODAY: Chat With National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala
Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be a National Geographic Explorer? Here’s your chance to connect directly with someone who has ventured to unexplored areas, discovered previously unknown life forms, taken stunning photographs, and put it all to work to help protect some of the last wild places on Earth. From the Russian Arctic to…
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10:26 AM | The metacommunity concept: a framework for multi-scale community ecology
Leibold et al. (2004) Ecology Letters 7: 601-612. DOI:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2004.00608.x. The metacommunity concept: a framework for multi-scale community ecology What surprised me most about this paper was how much of it I feel I have absorbed, and yet I can’t consciously recall reading it. It’s a classic in the field, and I think either influenced or consolidated […]
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9:08 AM | Tropical Field Course Kenya
We’ve just returned from our annual Tropical Ecology Field Course in Kenya with our final year undergraduates. Our trip took us on a journey through the rift valley to the theme of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Here are some of the sights of the trip:       Author: Deirdre McClean Photo credits: Deirdre McClean and Ian Donohue

November 15, 2014

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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
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”. **** The big […]
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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
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”. **** The big […]

November 14, 2014

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11:13 PM | The Flying Classroom Comes to Palau
Barrington Irving brings the Flying Classroom to Palau to dive its magnificent waters... and harvest water snake venom!
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10:44 PM | Population, Sustainability, and Malthus: Crash Course World...
Population, Sustainability, and Malthus: Crash Course World History 215 In which John Green teaches you about population. So, how many people can reasonably live on the Earth? Thomas Malthus got it totally wrong in the 19th century, but for some reason, he keeps coming up when we talk about population. In 1800, the human population of the Earth passed 1 billion, and Thomas Malthus posited that growth had hit its ceiling, and the population would level off and stop growing. He was totally […]
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9:58 PM | Doctors Without Borders Fight On Ebola's Front Lines
Scientific American health and medicine correspondent Dina Fine Maron talks with Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders, who has fought Ebola in Guinea and Liberia. And Steve talks Ebola with... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:40 PM | The key to science: experimental evidence
If it disagrees with the experiment, it’s wrong! — Richard Feyneman (1964) Two different experiments are among others from the Vosshall lab that show the theory of evolution is wrong. 1) This experiment links induced mutations in olfactory receptor genes...Read more
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8:31 PM | New species of poppy pollinating fly discovered in China
Scientists studying pollinators of the yellow poppy (Meconopsis integrifolia) in the highlands of southern China have discovered a striking new species of flower fly that mimics […] The post New species of poppy pollinating fly discovered in China appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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4:19 PM | Worm Defies Tradition, Stores Gut Bacteria in Gills Instead
What—just because they’re called gut microbes, you’ve been keeping them in your colon? How unoriginal. This is Bankia setacea, also called the Northwest or feathery shipworm. Humans usually pay attention to shipworms only when they perform their namesake activity: burrowing face-first into our boats or docks and eating their way through. Shipworms are bivalves, like clams […]The post Worm Defies Tradition, Stores Gut Bacteria in Gills Instead appeared first on […]

O'Connor, R., Fung, J., Sharp, K., Benner, J., McClung, C., Cushing, S., Lamkin, E., Fomenkov, A., Henrissat, B., Londer, Y. & Scholz, M. (2014). Gill bacteria enable a novel digestive strategy in a wood-feeding mollusk, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1413110111

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