Links to share

The more we learn about microbes, the more we realise they are essential symbiotes for most (all?) life forms. In the insect world, it’s stunning how specific and unique these interactions can be: The Wasp That Paints Its Nursery In Bacteria

A nice article explaining the complexity of the interactions that form each spring: The colour of it all

If you’ve ever fed birds, you may be curious to know that there are potentially long term impacts on the health, survival, and reproductive success of those birds…and not necessarily good ones. This three year study on blue tits with supplemental feeding suggests that high vitamin E diets lead to duller feathers, while higher fat diets lead to lower reproductive success compared to unfed birds. Effects of winter food provisioning on the phenotypes of breeding blue tits

It’s parasites all the way down! How one parasitic wasp becomes the victim—of another parasitic wasp

An interesting article on Ireland’s ecology. I found the intro a little confusing, but I think what he’s trying to say is that life can go on even while ecosystems are collapsing, and this may mean that we can’t rely on politicians or the general public to rally to save the environment: The Slow Death of Irish Nature

I enjoyed this essay on “imposter syndrome” in academia and whether it’s really a useful concept (questionable). I relate to the author a lot as an “outsider” without the culture or class to fit in within academic circles…I too often have muddy knees, a spade in my hand, and bugs in my hair: The Outsider

Can I just say how much I love seeing articles about solitary bees in farming magazines and online journals? Get Friendly with Helpful, Not Hurtful, Ground Bees

Spiders do not leave two puncture marks when they bite! I can’t tell you how many people have complained of spiders biting them in their sleep, with the two puncture marks as their only evidence. I guarantee that was not a spider!!! Myth: Spider bites leave two punctures

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2 thoughts on “Links to share

  1. Ouch! The Outsider article hit home. I, too, say “y’all” despite being in a place where it is uncommon. I often ask where I am from, because I’m obviously not from here.

    I was at a legal seminar a few months ago and spoke with another (snooty) attendee. I slipped and called myself a university “alumnae” rather than “alum.” She looked like I had hit her. Then she moved seats so that she could find someone more worth her time to talk to. She wasn’t very interesting, so I was happy to have the empty seat beside me I sent her a mental middle finger.

    Yup, I was raised middle class and I worked my way through undergraduate and law school. No silver spoon in my life, and I don’t have credibility with the moneyed class. But I have a full life, and as a civil rights lawyer, I help people who are powerless to fight their own fights.

    • It’s hard in the scientific community too…I didn’t have the culture or class that was expected of me (still don’t) and a lot of people have a hard time taking me seriously for that reason. I’m still at a disadvantage because I’m bad at making the personal connections on which most of science depends!

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