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You can’t make this stuff up: Silent and Deadly: Fatal Farts Immobilize Prey Bad news bears: Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba Love this new review by Jeff Ollerton…favourite quote: “the recent description of an asclepiad (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) flower from Dominican amber together with its termite pollinator, is both a paleontological […]

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Can we talk about the horrible things humans do to other animals for stupid reasons? I’m talking about ivory. Since I worked in Kenya, I’ve been made more aware of the horrendous things people do to elephants and rhinos especially. More and more elephants are born tuskless because tusked elephants are so hunted. And rhinos […]

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There are a lot of links in this post, sorry! They’ve been building up for a little while: I have experienced this first hand…dogs are our companion animals and there is even evidence that dogs shaped human evolution just as much as we shaped theirs: Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a […]

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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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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 […]