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Pop culture icons reimagined as insects? Yes: http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/features/illustration/illustrator-richard-wilkinson-on-turning-pop-culture-icons-into-insects/ The most Irish thing ever? Risky headline, cute story: https://www.collegetimes.com/entertainment/garda-reddit-thread-dublin-140359 How did I not know about this!? You can get data from graphs in published papers using DataThief! http://datathief.org/ Go NPR! The bulk of the world’s pollination services are being carried out by organisms other than honeybees: […]

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OMG You have to read this story about astronomers geeking out over jumping spiders, and also jumping spiders chase laser pointers just like cats…whhhhaaat: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/jumping-spiders-can-see-the-moon/529329/ It is definitely a bucket list item to get to see the wildflowers of Western Australia…amazing endemism and diversity: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2017/05/wildflowers-of-western-australia This spider web gains strength from touching insect bodies by […]

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Alternative ways to kill weeds! (in agriculture, sorry gardeners) https://undark.org/article/meet-the-harrington-seed-destructor/ Plants that are edible to you and good for bees too! http://xerces.org/2017/05/17/plants-you-can-eat-are-a-pollinator-treat/ One of my favourite movie quotes ever, and I’m really feeling it since I moved to Ireland. “I better straighten myself out.” “Need any help?” “Oh…all I can get.” Scientists are funny (as […]

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Don’t be fooled by cheap visualization tricks! If you’re a person who digests graphs from the media (i.e. anyone), make sure you know the ways people can lie with graphs: https://flowingdata.com/2017/02/09/how-to-spot-visualization-lies/ I think it’s fair to call me a minimalist, given that everything I owned fit into a suitcase a couple of weeks ago. But […]

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I loved learning about some of the moons of our solar system: https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/160204400664/solar-system-things-to-know-this-week?linkId=37081674 The war on wildlife and conservation: http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-war-on-wildlife-and-its-protectors This song is me if you replace all the “man” and “boyfriend” references with “job”, and “society” with “science” hahaha You know how I love maps…here’s an interactive map about potential future changes in American […]

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This is cool…an open repository of plant illustrations for scientific manuscripts. I’ve also made some line drawings available here and here: http://blog.aspb.org/2017/03/23/a-community-repository-of-plant-illustrations/ Mumps outbreak was caused by vaccination gap…herd immunity is important folks!  There is no link between autism and vaccines, so protect yourself and your children from vaccine preventable diseases: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/22/520842043/social-media-math-and-the-mystery-of-a-mumps-outbreak I’m gonna call […]

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Welp, this is bad news: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/10/earths-oceans-are-warming-13-faster-than-thought-and-accelerating?CMP=fb_gu Super tuskers are elephants whose tusks weigh more than 50 kg each (or touch the ground), they are getting preeeettty rare because ivory is worth between 1,500 and 2,000$ per kilo. We just lost another one in Tsavo not long ago: https://www.yahoo.com/news/poachers-kill-rare-giant-elephant-kenya-152539665.html Another story about hunting a super tusker: […]