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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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I liked this article with tidy little observations about primroses and their interactions with bumblebees…some bumblebees have long tongues and can drink primrose nectar while others cannot reach the base of the corolla with their shorter tongues. I have yet to see a bee visit a primrose flower, but bees are not very abundant here […]

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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 […]

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This blog post on depression is so good…maintaining mental health is a constant process not a switch, you can’t magically just “be better.” If you’re suffering from depression, you’re not alone! Seek help…things can get better. And read this: Mental health — it is important I’ve been very curious about the Travellers in Ireland…they are […]