Links to share

I want this article front and center. A more uplifting view on the anthropocene, and how we are NOT in the middle of the sixth mass extinction (say that five times fast, cause I can’t). We are, however, badly affecting the health of the planet. Definitely read this if you’re going to read just one article (PS I disagree on de extinction but he makes some good points): https://aeon.co/essays/we-are-not-edging-up-to-a-mass-extinction

“Plant blindness” (people think plants aren’t cool, but they’re wrong; now I’m tempted to draw a comic about all the ways botany can save your life): https://news.mongabay.com/2016/09/can-plant-blindness-be-cured/

Shocking the Emerald Ash Borer: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/09/basic-instincts-emerald-ash-borer-femme-fatale/

Why are mirror spiders so beautiful!? http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/09/mirror-spider/?src=footer

Omg, the beetle foot, the beetle foot! http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/10/insect-microscopy-igor-siwanowicz/

Some really cool spider photos: http://sgmacro.blogspot.com/2015/08/faces-20-spider-families-peruvian-amazon.html

And that drew me over to these roly-poly spiders! http://sgmacro.blogspot.com/2015/08/peruvian-amazon-roly-poly-spider-exotic-orb-weavers.html

The potential for computer models to provide evidence for or against hypotheses…philosophy of science! http://www.extinctblog.org/extinct/2016/10/10/of-sea-urchins-and-computer-models

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4 thoughts on “Links to share

  1. Re: ash borers–if only. May be too late around here. Our local (green ash, mostly) population is in crisis.

    And I love Aeon. Great essays, great science in that journal, generally speaking; but I still feel pretty well convinced by Elizabeth Kolbert & others on the anthropocene….

    Of course, we can hope.

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