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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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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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New mollusk found!  Cool!  Of course, there’s a symbiosis involved, with chemosynthetic bacteria.  Mutualisms are the coolest: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/04/17/scientists-find-giant-elusive-clam-known-as-the-unicorn-of-mollusks/ Stinky orchid shuts down flower show: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-stinky-bucky-bulbophyllum-orchid-shutdown-smithsonian-greenhouse-180962924/ Water striders are cooler than you think: http://blog.nature.org/science/2017/04/10/7-cool-facts-water-striders-skippers-pond-skaters-weird-nature/ This is a pretty and peaceful video about the sights and sounds of a typical New York forest: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/videos/watch-how-a-forest-changes-over-a-year The amazing Dutch […]

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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: […]

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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 […]