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My university made me take the Oxford comma out of the title of my PhD thesis!  I was so furious…but I wanted my degree, so I complied.  Now I’m finally vindicated! http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/15/health/oxford-comma-maine-court-case-trnd/index.html “Four leaf clovers” are just Wood Sorrel (Oxalis), guys. Sorry to burst your bubble 😛 http://carnegiemuseumnaturalhistory.tumblr.com/post/158512874256/what-is-a-shamrock Fascinating article on insect migrations: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surprise-trillions-of-insects-migrate/ I […]

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Okay, so the process of moving to my new location is less organized than I would like and I’m still trying to get myself sorted (finding a place to live, getting an office key, things like that), but here are some links for you to read in the meantime! http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/screech-owls-keep-blind-snakes-as-live-in-housekeepers Bumblebees can smell who visited […]

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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 […]

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FEATHERED DINOSAUR TAIIILLLLL (If you didn’t already know this, you heard it here first!): http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-amber-theropod-myanmar-burma-cretaceous/ Australian photo contest: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2016/12/ecology-in-action-2016-photography-winners-announced?adbsc=social_20161201_68391176&adbid=10154118445703339&adbpl=fb&adbpr=100614418338 Four periodic elements named! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/science/periodic-table-new-elements.html?_r=1 Marine pollinators…tiny crustaceans (i.e. arthropods I like to call ocean insects) pollinate sea grasses: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-discovered-there-are-bees-in-the-oceans (PS I resent them being called bees) Dumbledore means bumblebee! http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-dum1.htm All the awesome things bees do: […]

Special Bee Edition of Links to share

Bees never cease to amaze!  Here is a collection of recent news (and not so recent news which I recently founds) about one of my favourite groups of organisms. Bees excavating hard sandstone: http://www.livescience.com/56073-bee-drills-nests-out-of-rock.html And if you want to help fund that research: https://experiment.com/projects/how-does-nest-substrate-choice-impact-larval-bee-health Can bees be on the endangered list? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bee-that-breaks-your-heart-180960900/?no-ist Bees collecting plastics […]

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I cannot express how much I love this comedy photography competition…personal favourites include the snowy owl (duh), the prairie dog contemplating a blade of grass, and the bear going for a jog: http://www.comedywildlifephoto.com/gallery/2016_finalists.php A commercial for Hercules (and associates): Children draw scientists: http://ed.fnal.gov/projects/scientists/index.html I’m always on the lookout for examples of blue in nature: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a23514/quantum-mechanics-turns-leaves-blue/ […]

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Colors in nature! http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-36674573 Why do sunflowers turn with the sun? http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488891151/the-mystery-of-why-sunflowers-turn-to-follow-the-sun-solved I’ve always thought this about fax machines: http://www.theonion.com/article/report-fax-machines-still-pretty-impressive-if-you-21256 Yes! Let’s make observing insects fun for everyone! Why not? 🙂 http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/08/06/488830352/the-app-that-aims-to-gamify-biology-has-amateurs-discovering-new-speciesf Mound building spiders?! Yes, please: http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/environmental/disassembling-the-mason-spider-s-mound/article_3a6d7d98-4ff3-59f0-91ad-4f2516da929b.html Yay kakapos! http://www.earthtouchnews.com/conservation/success-stories/baby-boom-for-one-of-the-worlds-rarest-parrots How caddisflies build their cases: Sparkly butt spiders! (again no blue pigment, just structural […]