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This crazy project trying to develop nesting habitat for solitary, ground nesting bees:

A pretty exciting progression on the path to better recycle plastics! This plastic-eating bacteria naturally evolved on a dump in Japan, and scientists were able to isolate and improve the enzyme used to break down the plastic in a lab. Let’s hope their optimism is warranted!: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

More details on exciting developments in plastic eating enzymes: Engineering a plastic-eating enzyme

One of my science crushes, Anurag Agrawal, on monarchs and Mexico. Also exploring some of the large wasp pollinators of milkweeds: Monarchs & Milkweed in Mexico – Part IV

Noooooooo Carl Kasell died from Alzheimer’s… 😦 This is a lovely tribute to one of my favourite radio personalities:NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air

We know the GBR (Great Barrier Reef) is not in good condition…but is there still hope? There are some species that are “tolerant” to the heat, but we have lost most of the branching and plate corals. This means a completely different community structure and ecology of the reef, though some corals are persisting: Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds

This is too cool not to share…one hypothesis in the extinction of megafauna (eg mammoths) is hunting by early humans. This paper shows a concurrent decline in the body size of dung beetles as the megafauna decreased in size: Down‐sizing of dung beetle assemblages over the last 53 000 years is consistent with a dominant effect of megafauna losses

A nice gallery of Australia’s beautiful native bees, well worth a browse: James Dorey Photography

And in case you weren’t convinced, another beautiful Australian bee: The blue beauty with an impressive coat of fuzz

A couple weeks ago on the first sunny day we’d had in literally months, I was out in the field and I heard a strange popping noise, like popcorn, in the trees. Mystified, I wandered out and stared into the tree tops. Suddenly, I realised suddenly that it was the pine cones, cracking open in the heat of the sun!

Shifting climate boundaries in North America: A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming


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