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The Great Barrier Reef continues to die. We know how it’s dying and why it’s dying and we’re not doing a thing to save it: Humans struggle to adjust to the death of the Great Barrier Reef Along that vein, yes climate change is scary for humans too: When Will Climate Change Make the Earth […]

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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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Holy crap this Hercules beetle pupa is awesome: https://imgur.com/H6dR7XG If you’re an anti-vaxxer, read this! (you can read also if you believe in vaccines, for reaffirmation): http://imgur.com/gallery/IwDF7 I keep telling people not to eat mouldy bread, but they don’t believe me.  NPR is on my side, though: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/21/523647669/is-it-safe-to-eat-moldy-bread Oh NPR…PLEASE DON’T CALL CATERPILLARS “WORMS”: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/25/525447206/a-worm-may-hold-the-key-to-biodegrading-plastic […]

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I cannot overemphasize how serious the damage to the Great Barrier Reef is. This is truly one of the greatest ecological catastrophes of our time: http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/18/15272634/catastrophic-coral-bleaching-great-barrier-reef-map I hate the de-extinction paradigm…it’s too tempting to think we could bring back the species we destroyed and therefore right the wrongs we’ve committed. But the species we’d be […]