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We need nature and nature needs us: People and nature need each other An interesting article on flooding in Houston, and it has an interactive* map, which is a bonus in my book: Boomtown, Flood Town Related. Photos of current flooding in Houston. Some tough folk live in Texas! PHOTOS: Houston Flood Caused By Harvey […]

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Fascinating article on the weird ctenophore. Not sure if I am 100% on board with the conclusions drawn, but nonetheless a worthy read: Aliens in our midst: The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself As usual, superb photos in the Audobon photography competition. One day I […]

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Saw this first hand when I was in Kenya earlier this year where brutal droughts are devastating the country. It’s very sad because many people don’t have another way to live. The farmers in Kenya were more ready to discuss climate change with me than suburbanites in Pennsylvania…: As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find […]

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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 […]