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Just had to share this article about wildebeests…How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle Scary article about Candida auris infections…a fungal infection that is resistant to known medications and is very difficult to contain…and can be deadly: The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast Ants that live inside acorns and what they […]

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A really neat discovery on how stick insects disperse…much like seeds, their eggs are digested by the birds that consume the adults and are pooped out elsewhere: Insects that look like sticks, behave like fruit, and move like seeds If you’re into the super hero stuff, here’s an article about the real life super powers […]

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Field work (plus lab/office/greenhouse work) is kicking my butt right now, so here are some links to other websites haha Hippos are not my favourite animal…I worked in a zoo and hippos were by far the most disgusting animal to clean up after (although cotton-top tamarins smell horrible for some reason). You see hippos like […]

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I have to share this incredibly interesting thought experiment on what the “perfect” human would be, given our current understanding of human genetics (and making some pretty big assumptions, but I challenge you to do better!). Relevant to people who think there is such a thing as a “pure” genetic line: The perfect human is […]

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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 […]

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This crazy project trying to develop nesting habitat for solitary, ground nesting bees: https://carnegiemuseums.org/magazine-archive/2013/summer/article-371.html 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 […]

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UPDATE: I’m updating this to add this excellent article on forest bathing. Get thee to a forest! Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing Are there more Hymenopteran (bees, wasps, ants) species than beetle species? Yes, probably. Also Hymenoptera FTW! Move Over, Beetles: The New Champions of Diversity Are Parasitic Wasps Shamefully, I didn’t […]