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No way! It looks like the American Chestnut might not have been the dominant tree in eastern hardwood forests before its decline after all…this is the problem with stories that are told and retold and never questioned (Still a great tree though): http://highstead.net/pdfs/2014-72-2-american-chestnut.pdf

This is also super interesting…it looks like neonics might cause outbreaks of spider mites (and other mites). Same old story of unintended consequences: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/11/11/neonicotinoid-pesticides-alter-plant-genetics-prompt-spider-mite-outbreaks-515965.html

Love this periodic table of elements: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/interactive-periodic-table-reveals-exactly-how-we-use-a-1788655221

This. The temptation to give up can be powerful sometimes: http://www.nature.com/news/hard-work-little-reward-nature-readers-reveal-working-hours-and-research-challenges-1.20933?WT.mc_id=FBK_NA_1611_FHNEWSHARDWORKLITTLEREWARD_PORTFOLIO

Beautiful maned wolves in Brazil: http://g1.globo.com/sp/campinas-regiao/terra-da-gente/vc-no-terra-da-gente/noticia/2016/11/biologo-clica-lobo-guara-cacando-no-parque-nacional-da-serra-da-canastra.html

This awesome video of how humans took over the world: http://www.vox.com/2016/11/12/13600834/human-world-population-video

Data on the House of Representatives!  I actually know the first author too, this is a cool paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0123507

Giant prehistoric bird with teeth! http://roaring.earth/airplane-sized-seabird-with-teeth/?utm_source=re_fb549

Very bad news about the sea ice not coming back…have we reached some climate tipping point? http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2016/11/sluggish-ice-growth-in-the-arctic/

White-throated sparrows have four sexes? Also, clues into the evolution of sex chromosomes: http://www.nature.com/news/the-sparrow-with-four-sexes-1.21018?WT.mc_id=SFB_NNEWS_1508_RHBox

PS. The really scary sea ice graphic is the one below, but I can’t find the source data, so I’m not sure how much to trust it. Regardless, the graph gives me chills. It’s  a little cut off at the bottom, but the red line is 2016.

Source: The Verge

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