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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 […]

Heinlein Links to Share

I am a-traveling again! I’ll post when I land as a stranger in a strange new land where I will make my next home (hint: it’s not Mars). Until then, please enjoy these links to share… I already knew bees were smart…after all, I’ve seen them respond quickly and rationally to short term experimental treatments! […]

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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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Moar photos: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/12/top-25-news-photos-of-2016/509516/ I have thoughts on this but shouldn’t share them haha (disclaimer: I’m a cyclist): http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/16/505877101/britains-transport-secretary-doors-cyclist-as-seen-in-video I should do a post on Wolbachia: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/12/when-an-animals-sex-is-set-by-a-microbe/510737/ OMG, I just found out about this pitcher plant that thrives on tree shrew poo…did you know about this and not tell me?!  Amazing…article and paper Speaking of pitcher […]

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No way! It looks like the American Chestnut might not have been the dominant tree in eastern hardwood forests before its decline after all…this is the problem with stories that are told and retold and never questioned (Still a great tree though): http://highstead.net/pdfs/2014-72-2-american-chestnut.pdf This is also super interesting…it looks like neonics might cause outbreaks of […]

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 […]