Links to share

Slime molds can share learned knowledge: https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/brainless-slime-can-share-learned-knowledge

Are Santas elves derived from dwarves? This post investigates: https://scifundchallenge.org/ecotome/2015/12/24/phylogeny-of-elves-finds-that-santas-elves-are-actually-dwarves/

It snowed in the Sahara (NB: I made the mistake of reading the comments and no, this does not in any way disprove climate change, see earlier posts with convincing evidence of climate warming globally)! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/12/21/everyone-was-stunned-snow-falls-in-sahara-desert-town-for-first-time-in-37-years/

Migrating insects in the skies: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/22/506581610/bugs-abound-if-you-think-the-skies-are-crowded-you-have-no-idea

Wombats poop cubes! http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2016/04/why-do-wombats-do-cube-shaped-poos

Another cool election map: https://blueshift.io/election-2016-county-map.html

If you have facebook this is adorable: https://www.facebook.com/SnakeBuddies.net/videos/1331583786901079/

Cute little ant-like bees with pollen baskets under their chin! http://phys.org/news/2016-12-ant-like-bees-species-usu-entomologist.html

The origins of insect mimicry? http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13735?WT.mc_id=FBK_NCOMMS_1612_INSECTMIMICRY_OA

A great story on Robbin Thorp’s hunt for the Franklin’s Bumblebee (I worked with him a little bit last year in Arizona!): http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/11/us/vanishing-sutter-franklins-bumblebee/index.html

An incredibly interesting set of maps of how divided America is based on the television shows people watch (you know I love maps, even though I haven’t owned a TV in a decade and don’t watch shows): http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/26/upshot/duck-dynasty-vs-modern-family-television-maps.html?_r=0

A gorgeous little leucistic hummingbird: http://www.audubon.org/news/rare-white-hummingbird-steals-spotlight-california-garden

 

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