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Fascinating article on the weird ctenophore. Not sure if I am 100% on board with the conclusions drawn, but nonetheless a worthy read: Aliens in our midst: The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

As usual, superb photos in the Audobon photography competition. One day I may dare to submit a photo here…maybe: Birds Of A Feather, Photograph Together

For the Phish fans who read my blog…Phish donuts! Phish Fans Are Wading In A Red Velvet Sea Of Doughnuts

Dragonfly wings are living tissue…discusses the illusion of blue pigment and structural pigmentation in animals. Only interesting if you knew that insect wings are usually dead tissue!: Could a dragonfly’s wings be alive — and breathing?

I enjoyed this article on whimsy in scientific writing, also makes references to Funny Taxonomy, which I wrote about a loooong time ago in the distant past: On whimsy, jokes, and beauty: can scientific writing be enjoyed?

An interesting article on how climbing tendrils work on vining plants: Scientists unwind the secrets of climbing plants’ tendrils

A fun article on Leia Organa (who I just found out had a doctorate) if you’re a Star Wars nerd like me : Leia Organa: A critical obituary

UK study shows cycling reduces the chance of dying by 41%. I have questions. Like, reduces your chance of dying ever by 41%?? 😉  Forget all the other reasons you should be riding a bike. This is the one that matters

There’s a pretty big taxonomic bias in scientific papers, naturally. This paper explores them in more depth, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Too many birds, not enough insects! Taxonomic bias in biodiversity data and societal preferences

Fully a third of the bee species of Ireland are threatened with extinction. The Emerald Isle is not as green as it seems in some ways. There’s a lot of environmental damage hiding beneath the surface: Bees facing threat of extinction

I always love it when we rediscover a species we thought to be extinct. Here’s an adorable mammal we rediscovered in Australia (don’t let the name “rat” fool you, these guys are adorbz): Black-footed tree rat rediscovered in Kimberley after three-decade absence

Super fascinating video on the animals living in the Chernobyl “hot” zone…still radioactive after more than three decades:


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