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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: The most Irish thing ever? Risky headline, cute story: How did I not know about this!? You can get data from graphs in published papers using DataThief! 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: It is definitely a bucket list item to get to see the wildflowers of Western Australia…amazing endemism and diversity: This spider web gains strength from touching insect bodies by […]

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Holy crap this Hercules beetle pupa is awesome: If you’re an anti-vaxxer, read this! (you can read also if you believe in vaccines, for reaffirmation): I keep telling people not to eat mouldy bread, but they don’t believe me.  NPR is on my side, though: Oh NPR…PLEASE DON’T CALL CATERPILLARS “WORMS”: […]

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New mollusk found!  Cool!  Of course, there’s a symbiosis involved, with chemosynthetic bacteria.  Mutualisms are the coolest: Stinky orchid shuts down flower show: Water striders are cooler than you think: This is a pretty and peaceful video about the sights and sounds of a typical New York forest: 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: 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: I’m gonna call […]

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Welp, this is bad news: 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: Another story about hunting a super tusker: […]