Links to share

I liked this article with tidy little observations about primroses and their interactions with bumblebees…some bumblebees have long tongues and can drink primrose nectar while others cannot reach the base of the corolla with their shorter tongues. I have yet to see a bee visit a primrose flower, but bees are not very abundant here in Ireland (at least not in my part of Ireland), so this may be sampling error: Wild Primroses. A good nectar source for early bumblebees?

A really different photo gallery with interesting concepts, including magnets and playing with light…I really enjoyed these!: Scientific Curiosity Captured in Photos

An article on the nuances of Ukrainian Borscht. I said it: Let Me Count the Ways of Making Borscht

I was visiting a friend’s new house and she was showing off a fancy rug she had just bought for quite a lot of money. I saw a clothes moth and slapped it immediately. “You’re so violent, SOIMF!” she complained, “Why did that moth have to die?” I tried to explain that this little moth, though harmless looking, was perfectly capable of destroying her brand new, expensive wool rug. But I don’t think she believed me. These guys can do a lot of damage! I don’t kill for no reason…: How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Is the increase in the prevalence of Lyme disease a symptom of climate change affecting disease dynamics? Ticks rising

Stealing this link from Dynamic Ecology, mostly because I want to point out that some of the most biodiverse ecosystems are ones that have been actively “traditionally” managed by humans for hundreds or thousands of years. For example, the diversity of the Burren (one of Ireland’s most famous botanical hotspots), was because of traditional Irish sheep herders and can only be maintained by human intervention…the natural progression would lead to the dominance of hazel forest. Another example is the incredibly diverse (>800 herbaceous plant species) hay meadows of Romania…they can only be maintained in that high diversity state if the farmers are able to continue their traditional management of the land. So human intervention is not ALWAYS bad…(the article also mentions a 40 inch (allegedly) poo if that’s what gets your attention)History and Value

The complex puppy rescue/breeder situation in the States: Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn

Is the Atlantic Ocean circulation slowing down? And what are the implications of this current slowing down? The ocean currents are responsible for making heat more evenly distributed around the earth as well as nutrient cycling and dispersal of ocean organisms. Definitely another impact of climate change to keep a wary eye on: Atlantic Ocean Current Slows Down To 1,000-Year Low, Studies Show

Over the past few weeks, one of my close friends was dying and it was…it was rough guys. Read this article with interest, and still have no idea what the best way to go is. Maybe it will always be awful no matter what: What Is A Dignified Death? As Her Mother Slips Away, A Daughter Wonders

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6 thoughts on “Links to share

  1. As to your last link (related, I suspect, to your post about Bert)–these are the tough questions and, given the current state of how Western Society deals with the dying, the tough decisions. Even, impossible (as I have learned), because sometimes there are no good choices.

    I work as a hospice volunteer and even with my background was not really able to assist my mother-in-law in the death she wanted; we did the best we could, but…it was not easy. However, I have witnessed enough deaths to say it is not always unilaterally awful, and it depends so much on things we cannot control.

  2. I haven’t seen bumbles on primroses either, but i wonder if it is that around us the primroses grow mostly in hedgerows, which are shaded and therefore quite cool at this time of year. I will check our local patches the next sunny day!

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