How much does tourism help fund bird conservation? Given the
continuing boom of the "avitourism" industry, this sounds like the sort
of question to which both environmentalists and entrepreneurs should
know the answer. However, while researchers have performed calculations
investigating the availability of tourism revenues for mammal and frog
conservation efforts, nobody has explored similar trends in other
taxa--or, to be more accurate, nobody had explored those trends
until a group of
The wringers of hands in the scientific community have been busy lately fretting over the current state of affairs in science publishing. Since I’m not really a science historian, I can’t speak to the novelty of these concerns, whether they represent some kind of unprecedented crisis of confidence or simply navel-gazing declinism. But there is […]
This appeared earlier today on the Facebook feed I Fucking Love Science:
I remember seeing a shark documentary as a kid, hosted by Burgess Meredith, if I remember correctly. It made the same basic claim about great white sharks: too big to have predators, nobody had ever seen them die except by accident or by human hands, blah blah blah, therefore “some have suggested” they are immortal.
That I can remember the end of the show all these years later shows you what a terrific close […]
Bodnar A.G. (2009). Marine invertebrates as models for aging research, Experimental Gerontology, 44 (8) 477-484. DOI: 10.1016/j.exger.2009.05.001
Klapper W., Kühne K., Singh K.K., Heidorn K., Parwaresch R. & Krupp G. (1998). Longevity of lobsters is linked to ubiquitous telomerase expression, FEBS Letters, 439 (1-2) 143-146. DOI: 10.1016/S0014-5793(98)01357-X
Did you ever have breast milk or spinach? You might as well start shooting up heroin.If dihydrogen monoxide doesn't scare you enough, food activists have been rehashing an old term - opiates.
I can play Breaking the Law, slowly…or I can leave right now and you get nothing.
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As has been mentioned in other articles, evolution is one of the more misunderstood theories in biology. This isn't because it is complicated. Its beauty derives from its simplicity, but often the nuances that are overlooked. We hear about "survival of the fittest" and many immediately think of strength. We hear about natural selection and many immediately focus on speciation. Yet, the first claim is simply wrong, while the second isn't the most important […]
In discussing the plans for a new research university in South Texas, I have told a lot of people that my institution is not the one that will benefit the most. I told them about how the other institutions in the lower Rio Grande Valley have been struggling. A new article in the Texas Observer documents more officially what I had only heard informally.
It is uglier than I had heard. Not surprising when you get rid of a fifth of your faculty, including many with tenure.
Early in March 2012,
The other day I read that "Bed-sharing raises cot death (SIDS) risk fivefold". You probably know that we have been co-sleeping (as in bed-sharing) with BlueEyes since he was about 5 months and we might co-sleep with prospective baby from a much earlier age. So I thought "Yikes!" when I read this press release about a study by Carpenter et al. However, there are a number of limitations to this study, which have been nicely summarized by here at EvolutionaryParenting.com. This is the summary of […]
Among the cognitive training literature, meditation interventions are particularly unique in that they often emphasize emotional or affective processing at least as much as classical ‘top-down’ attentional control. From a clinical and societal perspective, the idea that we might be able to “train” our “emotion muscle” is an attractive one. Recently much has been made […]
From time to time, politicians and other rulers-of-men like to categorize the natural world not according to biology, but rather for convenience or monetary gain. Take, for example, the tomato. The progenitor of ketchup is a seed-bearing structure that grows from the flowering part of a plant. It is, by definition, a fruit. In 1893, [...]